Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Korea got their campaign in the last eight teams of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship off to a winning start by thrashing Chinese Taipei in comfortable straight sets 25-15 25-20 25-17.
World No.16 Korea, which finished runners-up to eventual winners Iran in the previous edition in Dubai, UAE two years ago, now have 5 points from two wins in Pool E including two points in the 3-2 win over Thailand. The formidable Koreans on Tuesday go up against Iran, while Chinese Taipei, which remain empty-handed following straight two losses to Iran and Korea, are due to take on Thailand.
Korean coach, Yonhkwon Moon: “Without stress, we played great. Today, my team played without any stress and showed their full capability. Focusing on attack and block will let us play this match with less errors. Our next priority was digging in order to provide the attackers with more opportunities.”
Korean Captain, Youngmin Kwon:“We are in good shape physically but were a bit down in front of Chinese Taipei. I’m very happy with the game today. It was one of our best shows.”
Chinese Taipei’s coach, Ke-Chou Chen: “Good for Korea! My players were so tired and were not anymore effective. We need to push too hard in our exercises to be able to keep pace with other teams till the end of the championship.”
On the hosting of Iran: “The Iranians are so kind and were very friendly and nice to us. The court features a high quality as well.”
Chinese Taipei’s captain, Chien-Chen Chen: “Our match against Iran the previous day had influenced the way we played today. The players were not in good mood which affected our performance. (about the referees) Although there is no Video Challenge System, the referees are doing really well. I don’t see any teams complaining about the referees.”