In a commanding performance, China secured a 3-0 victory over Thailand, propelling them to the semifinals as the group winner of Pool E at the 1st Asian Girl’s U16 Volleyball Championship. The match took place at Hangzhou Normal University Cangqian Gymnasium, with China dominating the scores with 25-15, 25-12, 25-10. This marked China’s fourth consecutive win in the championship, while Thailand suffered their first defeat after winning their previous three matches.
The opening set saw a fierce competition, with both teams tying the scores multiple times and Thailand briefly taking the lead. However, China gained a comfortable advantage after a 12-all tie, employing quick attacks and powerful spikes. Despite Thailand’s determined efforts to keep the ball in play, China secured the first set with six consecutive points.
China continued their strong performance in the second set, displaying exceptional blocking, spiking, and serving, denying Thailand any chance to gain the upper hand.
In the third set, China maintained their dominance with seamless play, swiftly pulling ahead and sealing the match with a powerful spike.
Thailand’s head coach, Jarun Niemtubtim, expressed his team’s efforts to bridge the gap and implement their daily practice strategies. However, he acknowledged China’s formidable players, stating that losing one point ultimately resulted in losing the entire match.
China’s top scorer, Yang Shuming, commended the team’s exceptional performance.
In other matches, Kazakhstan defeated Uzbekistan in Pool E, while Iran achieved a straight-set victory over Macao, China, and Japan triumphed in a thrilling five-set battle against Chinese Taipei in Pool F.
The 1st Asian Girl’s U16 Volleyball Championship serves as a test event for the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games and is also a qualifying tournament for the FIVB Volleyball U17 World Championship in 2024.
On the penultimate match day, Thailand will face Japan, while China will compete against Chinese Taipei.
China’s middle blocker, Chen Xiaohui, expressed the team’s determination for the upcoming matches, emphasizing their thorough preparation and commitment to giving their best efforts.