China had an easy 3-0 victory over Sri Lanka in their opening game at the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship in Seoul on Sunday.
Despite sending a young squad under national team assistant coach Bao Zhuang, the 13-time champions were still too good for Sri Lanka, as captain Liu Yanhan spearheaded China to straight sets victory 25-11, 25-9, 25-12.
China will face Indonesia in their second and last Pool D game on Monday, with a great chance to advance into the quarterfinals as group leaders.
Apart from eying for the trophy, China also regard the Asian Championship as a chance to identify talents to fill in the roster for the upcoming World Cup to be held in September in Japan.
Elsewhere, hosts South Korea also came victorious on Sunday, sweeping their Pool A opponents Iran 3-0 although their star spiker Kim Yeon-koung played for only one set.
Another title contenders Japan bt India 3-0 and Kazakhstan defeated Australia 3-0 in Pool B. Thailand lead Pool C after edging Chinese Taipei 3-1. (Courtesy Xinhua)