CHI – KOR (24-26, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-8)
This is one game I thought I’d only see in the Olympics.
Everyone was ready for an upset against the mighty Chinese but The Great Wall of China did the trick. China’s tall players are excellent block monsters which turned back every Korean attack.
Korea had great defense. Their service game gave problems to the Chinese in the first two sets. This led to attacks that were easily dug up by the Koreans.
PHI – JPN (12-25, 18-25, 15-25)
The match most people are excited to see. The Philippines is currently an unknown entity in volleyball and Japan is ranked number 3 in world – both seniors and U20 teams.
There’s no question that Japan will win this game. However, what the Philippines proved is that they can match the Japanese when it comes to attacks.
What lacked for the host country is defense. While the Japanese libero had an easier time picking up serves and attacks, the Philippine contingent couldn’t break the Japanese service game which led to missed receives and predictable attack.
THA – IND (25-20, 25-21, 25-21)
The Thais are one of the world powerhouses in volleyball. What they lack in height, they make up for agility. That was the name of the game.
Although it was great game in terms of defensive stance, the attacks spelled the difference for the Thais. They had more dependable attackers from all sides of the court. India had nearly predictable offense which is centered around their open hitters.
And also, worth noting is the Thailand’s setter which is a mainstay in the national team, Pornpun Guedpard.