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.