to the FIVB Women's World Championship 2014
Japanese players enjoy their entry into World Championship
Komaki, Japan, September 7, 2013 -- Thailand and Japan both book tickets to the FIVB World Championship 2014 with straight set win over their third rivals on the third day of Pool A’s Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament for FIVB World Championships 2014 on Friday.
Thailand downed Vietnam 3-0(25-8, 25-14, 25-19) while host Japan trounced Australia 3-0(25-12, 25-15, 25-11).
At the end of the fourth-day competition, both Thailand and Japan kept perfect record with three wins and nine points while Chinese Taipei and Vietnam only clinched three points from a record of one win and two loss. Australia is still winless. On September 8, the last day of the tournament, Thailand and Japan will battle for the first place in Pool A.
Japan secured their 15th consecutive appearance in the FIVB World Championship. Japan won the bronze medal in 2010. It will be the fourth time for Thailand to compete at the FIVB World Championship, following 1998, 2002, and 2010.Thailand finished 13th place in 2010.
In the Asian Women’s Final Qualification Tournament, the 10 teams are divided into two pools of five teams. The two best ranked teams in each pool (total four teams) will advance to the 2014 FIVB World Championships 2014, which will be held from September 23 to October 12, 2014 in Italy.
Pool A: Japan (host), Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Vietnam, Australia
Pool B: China (host), Korea, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, India
Thailand routs Vietnam in 3-0
Thailand routs Vietnam in 3-0(25-8, 25-14, 25-19) and gets their third straight win in the tournament. Thailand was led by Onuma Sittirak with 24 points, while Vietnam’s top scorer was Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa with 10 points. Thailanddominated Vietnam throughout the game. Thailand got seven blocking points to Vietnam’s three and seven aces to one. Vietnam committed 22 errors to Thailand’s 11.
Wilavan Apinyapong, the captain of Thailand, commented “Today, we are very happy to win the game. This is important for us. Everybody playing in the court tried to show their best performance to get a point. Everybody tried to decrease errors on our side. We will do our best in the next game (against Japan)”.
Thailand’s head coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai says, “We are very happy to win the game. The World Championship in Italy is very important for us. So, we focused on this match. I would like to congratulate my players and all my staffs to do their best job and tried to help each other.”
Japan picks up third win with 3-0 over Australia
Japan picked up their third win with 3-0(25-12, 25-15, 25-11) over Australia. Japan took 8-3 lead in the beginning of the first set and maintained the lead until the end to finish the set 25-12. In the second set, Australia took a slight lead at 8-6. But unstoppable spikes by Japan’s Yuki Ishii soon bring back the momentum to her side 16-12. From then on, Japan only allowed three points to capture the set 25-15. Japan took the lead again in the third set and took technical timeouts 8-5 and 16-8. Australia tried to find a way to recover with the spikes of Racehl Rourke, best scorer of this match (17 points). The decisive spike by Miyu Nagaoka, however, ends the set 25-11.
Japan’s Saori Kimura is pleased with the result, “I am happy to get a ticket for World Championship today. In the World Championship 2014, we would like to do our best to get the better medal than before (bronze medal in 2010).”
Japan’s head coach Masayoshi Manabe commented, “I feel relieved to qualify for the World Championship. We would like to finish this tournament with four consecutive victories (by beating Thailand) tomorrow.”
Standing as of September 7, 2013
Competition Schedule and results
September 4, 2013
Thailand vs. Australia 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-17)
Japan vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-10)
September 5, 2013
Chinese Taipei vs. Australia 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-22)
Japan vs. Vietnam 3-0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-20)
September 6, 2013
Thailand vs. Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 19-25 )
Australia vs. Vietnam 1-3 (8-25, 14-25, 25-23, 16-25)
September 7, 2013
Vietnam vs. Thailand 0-3 (8-25, 14-25, 19-25)
Japan vs. Australia 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-11)
September 8, 2013
11:00 - Chinese Taipei vs. Vietnam
14:00 - Japan vs. Thailand