|Thursday, 23 September 2004|
12th Asian junior women's VB C'ship : Koreans make it three in a row
by Bernard Perera
Sri Lanka went down to strong Koreans three sets to nil in the 12th Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship which is in progress at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Sri Lanka lasses got off to good start taking a 2 point lead, but the Koreans fought back at this stage to get past the host's score and continued to dominate there onwards.
Lankans to did not give it up the challenge and went closer to the Koreans. Lankan spikers had to fight all the way as they knew that the Koreans were a tough side. Koreans on the other hand took things easily in the first set but had to change their pattern as Lankans fought a good battle. The set ended at 25-12.
The second set saw the local lasses staying power, as Koreans went on a full attack to maintain their unbeaten record. They also strengthened the attacker every few minutes to score fast. These substitutions paid heavy dividends, and the Korean finished the set at 25-9. The third set saw Lankan girls really on the mat with Koreans scoring at will.
Locals could never raise their head in this set and managed to collect only four points before set is over. Hosts played well in the second set picking up many smashes but could not make them into points due to lack of international experience. With more international experience the girls are sure to make good outfit to represent the country.
Taipei's third win
Meanwhile Taipei maintained their unbeaten record yesterday when they overcame inexperienced Maldivians in straight sets 3-0. The results showed a very pathetic display by the Islanders scoring only 12 points against strong Taipei's 75 points.
The set ended at 25-1. The second set Maldivians managed points. But the third set Maldivians came up with an improved performance to register 7 points. The match lasted only 45 minutes.
Japan win 3-1
In the morning session Japan was stretched to four sets by Thailand before Japanese took the match 3-1. Japanese girls dominated the first set outclassing Thais to win the set at 25-15. The next set too came in favour of Japan that too with the same margin 25-15.
Thais fought back gallantly in the third set. They never allowed the Japanese control and beat them in this set at 25-20 to stretch the Japan team for the fourth set, but the Thais failed to halt the Japanese onslaught and lost the set at 25-12.
China the defending champions showed that they are ready retain the title for another year with top class performance against India. China won the match comfortably 3-0. India had no answer to the Chinese smashes that were like bullets. Power-packed Chinese girls were in command from the outset and gave no room to the Indian lasses to take control of any set.
India gave a better showing in the second set where they managed to collect 20 points.
Today the defending champions take on Japan which could be the best game of the tournament. None of the matches have gone the full five sets so far and this game should definitely go the full length. China has the advantage with two Olympic medallists in the side while Japan too boasts of three Olympic competitors for the game.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka take on well built Aussies at 3.00 p.m. Sri Lanka will have to come up with everything they have in store to make a match of it. Lankan girls have won only one game from three outings.
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