07. 01. 2020

#RoadToTokyo M: Edgar powers Australia to thrilling win over Korea, Iran look mighty fine

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Australia beat South Korea in the most exciting encounter of an opening day of the 2020 Asian Men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier in Jiangmen, China.

 

Australia came out on top in a 5-set thriller of with South Korea in Pool B of the 2020 Asian Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournament in Jiangmen: 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 20-25, 19-17).  The “Volleyroos” was led by Thomas Edgar, who put down 30 points (4 aces). Na Gyeong-Bok scored 16 points (4 aces) for South Korea. Given that these 2 teams are the major favorites in Pool B, losing to Australia will most likely push Korea to the tournament favorites No.1 Iran (under the assumption that they will win Pool A) in the semifinals.

In the same pool, Qatar wrote down a straight-sets win against India.

Speaking of Iran, they had no trouble to brush aside Chinese Taipei: 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-14). The Asian champions were powered by Porya Yali (14 points) and Ali Shafiei (4 kill blocks).

The hosts China also began in winning fashion in Pool A, seeing off Kazakhstan with 3-0.

2020 Asian Men’s Volleyball Olympic Qualifier, pool stage – Round 1:

January 7:

POOL A

Chinese Taipei – Iran 0-3 (16-25, 17-25, 14-25)

China – Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-18)

POOL B

Qatar – India 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23)

Australia – South Korea 3-2 (23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 20-25, 19-17)

Standings

 

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