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China pull off four-set win over in-form Japan

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – China defeated Japan 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23) to remain at the top in Pool D. China scored six points from straight two wins to overtake Japan, one of the most accomplished teams in Asia with seven gold medals achieved from the Asian meet.

Japan will next  play Sri Lanka on the last match of the preliminary round, while China will go up against Bahrain.

China Coach, Shuai Jiao: “I’m happy with the performance of all my players. I hope to be able to continue this condition in all our games.”

On China’s national team: “my experienced players were injured and we tried to use our young players.

China Captain, Guochen Xie: “Who knows!? We may eliminate Japan from the tournament. We still see some lights of hopes. We made a lot of simple errors and if we improve them, it is possible to get good results against Japan.

Japan coach, Masashi Nambu: “China was very good on the first attack without any faults and vice versa we were full of mistakes.”

On the presence of Ahmad Masajedi in the Japanese team: “He was technically and tactically beneficial for our team and with an Iranian coach in our team, we are gaining some supports from the Iranian fans too. Since Iran had a progressive process in the world, we wanted to strengthen our team making use of an Iranian coach.”

Japan Captain, Kunihiro Shimizu: “Sri Lanka was an easy team and didn’t have enough experience. It was a good match, but we had a lot of mistakes in the games and weren’t able to show our full potential. I hope we will play better in future matches.

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