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China, Japan reaches women's volleyball final
From:Xinhuanet Updated:2006-12-11

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China, Japan reaches women's volleyball final

Zhou Suhong 7# of China passes the ball during the volleyball women's semifinal against Chinese Taipei at Doha Asiad, Qatar, Dec. 10, 2006. (Xinhua Photo/Gong Bing)

DOHA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion China has outgun Chinese Taipei in straight sets, setting up a final clash against Japan in the women's volleyball tournament here on Sunday.

It is the fourth time for the two Asian powerhouses to meet in Asiad's final and the last China-Japan final was staged in Seoul in 1986, when China bagged the gold medal.

The semifinal between China and Chinese Taipei turned out to be easier than previously expected by the Chinese coach Chen Zhonghe with his opponents scoring as low as 17, 13, 17 points in each set respectively.

Wang Yimei, a rising star of China, contributed most with 15 points, followed by the Chinese powerful hitter Yang Hao who scored 14 points.

The two teams have met in preliminaries when China beat Chinese Taipei also in straight sets.

Chen declined to made any comment after the match, but China's ace spiker Zhou Shuhong praised the performance of their opponents.

"They have played much better than last match with us, especially, in defense, which have made troubles for us," said Zhou.

China captain Feng Kun said their team has no special preparation for the final with Japan.

"We will just play normally," said Feng.

Wu Hsi Chih, assistant coach of Chinese Taipei, are also satisfied with the behaviors of his players.

"Our opponents are strong, but my players have shown great team spirit though our head coach has been absent due to illness," said Wu.

"We have already realized the goal to enter top four in the Asian Games and we have confidence to win the next match against Thailand and to take our first Asian Games' medal," said Wu.

China, Japan reaches women's volleyball final

Zhang Na 16# of China competes during the volleyball women's semifinal against Chinese Taipei at Doha Asiad, Qatar, Dec. 10, 2006. China beat Chinese Taipei 3-0. (Xinhua Photo/Gong Bing)
China, Japan reaches women's volleyball final

Wang Yimei 1# of China smashes the ball during the volleyball women's semifinal against Chinese Taipei at Doha Asiad, Qatar, Dec. 10, 2006. (Xinhua Photo/Gong Bing)
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