Japan and China win again and quickly take the lead

TIGHT MATCH: China is extended to five sets by Vietnam.

BY ABBY TORALBA

JAPAN beat Chinese Taipei 25-22, 25-22, 25-22 yesterday to claim their second victory in as many games in the Women’s AVC Cup at PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

Open forward Yuki Nishikawa shined with 11 points for Japan, while middle blocker Asuka Hamamatsu and Mizuki Tanaka added nine points each.

With the victory, the Japanese beauties marked a fitting follow-up to their 25-18, 25-29, 25-22 triumph over Thailand last Sunday and took the lead in Pool B with a 2-0 mark.

“It’s a bit difficult for us to keep up with our pace, but in the end we were able to play some volleyball and it was really good,” said setter Mika Shibata, who scored four points in the match. , through an interpreter.

“We are getting better and better, little by little and we have to play our volleyball. The fact that we are winning two games in a row is great,” she added.

In the second match, defending champions China crushed Vietnam 25-12, 25-6, 29-31, 21-25, 15-12 to remain unscathed in Pool A as well.

Zhou Yetong played for China with 27 points, Zhuang Yushan scored 21, while Wu Mengjie and Hu Mingyuan had 17 and 16 points respectively.

Vi Thi Nhu Quynh led Vietnam with 14 points, while skipper Tran Thi Thanh Thuy and Pham Thi Nguyet Anh added 13 markers each.

Taiwan skipper Chang Li-Wen led Chinese Taipei with 16 points, while forward Lin Shu-Ho had 10.

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