Match 5 - Australia versus China
11th Asian Boys U19 Volleyball Championship – Myanmar 2017
AUS def by CHN 0:3 19-25, 22-25, 21-25
Today the 99-00 AUS Youth team played their fifth match of the Asian U19 Championships. Even though AUS lost today, there were many valuable lessons learned and they pushed CHN all the way in each set.
Starters (and points scored): Hill(2), Nix(1), Fathers(0), Clayton(6), Heptinstall(3), Takken(3), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored): Sting(0), Dagg(0)
The first set started with CHN showing their early dominance to the first technical timeout 5:8. Clayton scored two block kills and an attack kill, and Takken delivered an attack kill of his own during this period of play. CHN were then forced to call an early timeout at 10:10, as Clayton scored another two block kills, Hill scored a block kill and a service ace, and Heptinstall scored an attack kill. However, CHN then fought their way back and AUS called their first timeout for the match 11:14 down. Heptinstall and Clayton then scored an attack kill each, though CHN lead into the second technical timeout 13:16. Takken then helped the AUS team stay in touch with two attack kills, as did Heptinstall with an attack kill of his own 16:18. CHN then increased their lead and AUS was forced to call their second timeout at 17:21. A service ace to Nix slowed the CHN team down for a moment as they called their final timeout for the set; however, AUS errors gave CHN the set 19:25.
Starters (and points scored): Nix(1), Fathers(2), Clayton(3), Heptinstall(4), Takken(5), Hill(0), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored): Dagg(2)
The second set started with both teams going point for point to 6:6. Two attack kills to Takken and one each to Heptinstall and Fathers helped the AUS team keep in touch. However, CHN took the lead into the first technical timeout 6:8. Another block kill to Clayton and two more attack kills to Takken saw AUS stay competitive 10:12. Attack kills to Clayton and Heptinstall and a service ace to Dagg helped the AUS score tick over; however, CHN took their lead into the second technical timeout 13:16. Even though Takken scored another attack kill AUS called their first timeout at 15:20 as CHN were starting to dominate the set. Heptinstall killed another two attacks, Dagg got one of his own and Clayton added another block kill to his tally, but AUS had to call their second timeout at 19:23. An attack kill to Fathers and a service ace to Nix pressured CHN to call their second timeout for the set 21:23. An attack error by CHN made the score uncomfortable for them at 22:23; however, with an attack and block kill the set was soon over 22:25.
Starters (and points scored): Dagg(2), Nix(1), Fathers(3), Clayton(3), Heptinstall(4), Takken(3), Fountotos(Libero). Substitutes (and points scored): Lyndon(0), Mark-Seymour(0)
The third set started with AUS taking an early lead and forcing CHN to call their first timeout at 3:0 in the favour of team AUS. CHN soon got themselves back on track and lead at the first technical timeout 7:8. Takken scored a block and attack kill, and Heptinstall and Dagg scored an attack kill each, to keep team AUS within reach of CHN. However, AUS needed to call their first time out at 10:13 as CHN started to increase their lead. Heptinstall and Fathers scored attack kills each to help maintain the sideouts prior to this score, though CHN still managed to increase their lead 11:15. Clayton with a block and attack kill, Heptinstall with an attack kill and Fathers with a service ace got AUS back into the set 15:15. During this time also, CHN had decided to call their second timeout to try and stop the AUS attack. However, after a quick sideout, CHN headed into the second technical timeout 15:16. Heptinstall, Takken and Dagg added another attack kill to the score each, but AUS decided they needed to call their second timeout at 18:21 as CHN started pull away once more. A block kill to Clayton was the final point earned by the AUS team in attack as they accrued errors in the final part of the set to give CHN the set and the match 21:25.
AUS will now play against Chinese Taipei at 12:30 local time (16:00 AEST), for their chance to play in the 5th/6th playoff on the final day. It will be another tough match for the young AUS team; however, they are sure to make all supporters proud.
Attack (Team): 13% KE 28% Error
Attack (Players): Heptinstall 11 Kills 27% KE, Takken 10 Kills 30% KE, Dagg 3 Kills 50% KE
Serve (Team): 5 Aces, 9 Errors, 41% Efficiency
Serve (Players): Nix 2 Aces
Reception (Team): 25% Perfect, 58% Positive
Reception (Players): Fathers 33% Perfect 67% Positive, Fountotos 25% Perfect 75% Positive
Block (Team): 11 Kill Blocks
Block (Players): Clayton 7 Kill Blocks, Nix 2 Kill Blocks, Hill & Takken 1 Kill Block
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