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China claims second Asian Women's Cup title with perfect record

2010-09-26 10:11:00 FIVB

Taicang, China, September 25,2010 – China gained revenge for losing to Thailand in the 2009 Asian Women Senior Championship final by beating the former Asian champions in straight sets 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 in the 2010 Asian Women's Cup final on Saturday while Korea stunned Japan to take third place.

China, who did not lose a single set en route to the title, started the final strongly, jumping to a 10-6 lead in the opening set and steadily extended it to 18-12. But Thailand then answered with a 5-0 run to pull within 17-18. Leading at 24-21, veteran Li Juan flied high from the right side of the net to smash a ball home, clinching the set 25-23

In the second set, the Chinese women erased an 11-7 deficit to tie at 12-12. The two sides traded leads before China pull away with five points in a row for an unbeatable 24-19 lead.

In the third set, two Chinese wingers Wang Yimei and Li Juan continued to spike hard to lead China to overcame a 4-7 deficit before taking the lead at 10-8. Thailand could not find the way to stop 190cm-high Wang as setter Wei Qiuyue and opposite Zhang Lei combined to block her for a 23-17 advantage. Another powerful kill of Li Juan pushed China to 24-19, and she came back again to snare the set for China with a solo block to take the set and also the match in 74 minutes.

Earlier, in the fifth-place play-off, world No. 16 taller Kazakhstan with an average of 184cm, who finished fifth at 2009 Asian Women’s Championship, took two hours to beat world No.24 Chinese Taipei in five-sets. Hard-attacking Natalya Zhukova scored 22 points, including 14 points from spiking, four points from blocking and four aces, helped the Kaxzkhstans to beat the smaller-built opponents in the decider 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-22, 17-15..

Vietnam finished seventh after beating Iran, the team they had also got the better of in the preliminaries. Hard-attacking Nguyen Thi Thu Hoa from Vietnam scored 13 points to help the Vietnamese to sent the smaller-built opponents packing in straight sets in a 67-minute tussle.



7th-8th: Vietnam beat Iran 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-18)
5th-6th: Kazakhstan beat Chinese Taipei 3-2 (22-25, 25-23,16-25, 25-22, 17-15)
Bronze-medal match: Korea beat Japan 3-0 (25-22, 25-23 25-7)
Gold medal match: China beat Thailand 3-0 (25-23 ,25-21, 25-19)

Final rankings

1. China, 2. Thailand, 3. Korea, 4. Japan, 5. Kazakhstan, 6. Chinese Taipei, 7. Vietnam, 8. Iran

Individual awarding

Best Scorer: Kim Yeon Koung (Korea)
Best Attacker: Kim Yeon Koung (Korea)
Best Blocker: Yang Hyo-Jin (Korea)
Best Server: Chen Wan Ting (Chinese Taipei)
Best Setter: Tomkom Nootsara (Thailand)
Best Libero: Zhang Xian (China)
Most Valuable Player: Wang Yimei (China)

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