China claims Asian women’s U20 volleyball title after 8-year drought

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10th July 2024 – (Jiangmen) China’s women’s U20 volleyball team emerged victorious at the Asian Championships, defeating defending champions Japan 3-2 in a thrilling final on Tuesday.

The Chinese side ended an 8-year trophy drought, overcoming a determined Japanese team in a closely contested match.

China led 13-5 in the deciding set, before Japan mounted a comeback, winning five straight points to narrow the gap to just three. However, China regrouped during a timeout and sealed the match with an ace to clinch the title.

Japan had won the opening set 25-23 in a tight affair, but China fought back strongly, taking the next two sets 25-21, 25-17. The Japanese team levelled the match by winning the fourth set 25-14, setting up a dramatic finale.

“It was pretty rocky for us in the beginning, but we started to enjoy the match after adjusting our mentality. It was not easy for us to win the title,” said China’s captain Wang Yidi, who was named the tournament’s MVP.

China had last won the Asian U20 Volleyball Championships in 2016, before losing to Japan in the final two years ago. Their coach, Kuang Qi, praised the team’s fighting spirit and resilience.

“We were fighting as one tonight. Although we experienced ups and downs in the match, we won it and we will be more confident. I see many hopes in these girls, in both technical and mental, they are the future,” Kuang said.