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China Are Asian Women's Volleyball Champs

World Cup and Olympic dual champion China crowned at the 2005 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship by beating Kazakhstan 3-0 in Taicang, Jiangsu Province on Thursday.

China, who won the title at 1979 and all since 1987, have been on the top of the Asian podium for the eleventh time.

China launched a brilliant attacking wave from the start of the first set with a 7-0 lead and extended the winning momentum to take the opener 25-18.

China had five aces, including Zhang Ping's three, in the first set.

Kazakhstan surged back strongly in the second set to claim 5-3 lead, but China gradually caught the short and ran off four straight points to conclude a 7-2 run that pushed China up at 20-13.

With Zhang Ping's powerful spike, China finished the second set 25-15 to made it two to nil.

Leading at 19-7 in the third set, China put on all substitutes.

But Kazakhstan then fought hard to stay in the game within a 7-1 run. Yelena Pavlova's attackings from right side destroyed the Chinese defense to help her side pull it back at 17-24.

However, a spiking of Ma Yuwen, a green hand of the Chinese team,secured set win and the title for China.

Early on Thursday, Japan defeated South Korea 3-0 to claim the bronze medal of the tournament.

The Chinese Taipei team, who won the women's volleyball title of 2005 World University Games at Izmir of Turkey on August 21, upset Thailand 25-22, 25-23 and 25-12 to finish fifth in the 12-team tournament.
Best players of the 2005 Asian Women's Volleyball Championship:

MVP: Chu Jinling (China)

Best Spiker: Chu Jinling (China)

Best Blocker: Lin Chunyi (Chinese Taipei)

Best Server: Ampom Hyapha (Thailand)

Best Digger: Chen Chiachi (Chinese Taipei)

Best Setter: Feng Kun (China)

Best Receiver: Zhou Suhong (China)

Best Scorer: Yelena Pavlova (Kazakhstan)

(Xinhua News Agency September 9, 2005)

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