Lima, Peru, August 8, 2015 – Chinese Taipei got on off the right foot winning the Asian duel against Korea in five sets 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-22, 12-25, 15-13) in their first match of Pool A at the FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship on Saturday.
Korea, winners in five sets the night earlier against Mexico, dropped its record to 1-1.
Huang Ching Hsuan was the best scorer in the match with 22 points, including four blocks and three aces. Chen Yu Chieh and Chang Jia Ling added 14 and 12, respectively, in the victory.
Yoo Seoyeun had 17 points for Korea while Ko Minji and Jeong Sunah added 14 and 12 in the loss.
Korea held the advantage in serves 12-9 but Korea led 11-9 in blocks. The two teams totaled 46 positive attacks.
Korea led 8-7 and 16-14 in the first set and took advantage of multiple errors by Chinese Taipei to take the win by close margin of 25-23.
In the second set, Korea once again led 8-7 but Chinese Taipei rebounded to take the lead 16-12 at the second pause and commanded the rest of the way despite a late reaction by the Korean side concluding 25-20.
Chinese Taipei was in front from start to finish in the third set leading 8-4 and 16-13 before closing at 25-22 with good combination of defense at the net and the field.
The fourth set was completely dominated by Korea 8-3, 16-11 before closing 25-12 with a big streak.
In the tie-breaker, teams changed sides with Taipei leading 8-6 following several attacking errors by the Koreans. The ace by Huang Cheng Yu extended the difference to three points at 9-6 and won 15-13.