Mon, 11 Dec 2023

HANGZHOU, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Japan and Qatar secured their berths in the men's volleyball semifinals with victories in the 1st-6th classification at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Sunday.

Japan delivered a 10-6 run in the first set through their outstanding attacks and blocks. Although India kept replacing players, Japan managed to grow the gap to 19-10 on their way to a 25-16 win.

In the second set, India made more errors in reception, while Masahiro Yanagida gifted Japan a 25-18 victory through her high-quality serves.

The third set was closely contested until the score reached 12-12. Leveraging the opportunity of serves, Japan gradually expanded the margin, prevailing over India 25-17.

Japan will face China in the semifinals. "China is a strong opponent. We will spare no effort to compete against them and we are looking forward to entering the final and winning the gold medal," said Yanagida.

Qatar beat Pakistan 3-1 (26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18). Both teams did well in attacks, but Qatar performed better in blocks and digs.

"Volleyball is very much a game of clutch moments. And we are confident that we play point by point. They would lead, but when it was coming to the end, we are confident that our game would be surpassed. And that's what happened," said Qatar's Renan Ribeiro.

Also on Sunday, Kazakhstan edged Chinese Taipei 3-2, while South Korea defeated Bahrain 3-1 in the 7th-12th classification.

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