Korea stays unscathed as Japan, China seal semis duel in Asian women's volley tilt
The unbeaten Korea team awaits the winner of the Philippines and Thailand clash for its semifinal foe. Jaime Campos

BINAN, Laguna — Asian powerhouse teams Korea, China and Japan disposed respective foes to advance to the semifinals of the 19th AVC Asian Women’s Senior Championship on Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.

Korea dominated Chinese Taipei, 25-20, 25-11, 28-26, behind a collective effort from skipper Kim Yeon Koung, Park Jeong Ah, Kim Hee Jin and Kim Su Ji.

KYK led the Koreans with 17 points, while Park added 16, Hee Jin chipped in 12 and Su Ji had 10 markers.

Korea will face the winner between Philippines and Thailand in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Chang Li-Yun, who came off the bench in the second set before starting in the third set, top scored for Chinese Taipei with 12 points. 

Chinese Taipei will face the loser between Thailand and Philippines in the classification phase for fifth to eighth places.  

Meanwhile, China turned back pesky Kazakhstan, 25-16, 34-32, 25-23, to arrange a semis duel with Japan.

Jin Ye tallied 20 points for China, while Liu Meng Ya added 15, and Cai Xiao Qing chipped in 13.

Katerina Tatko finished with 15 points for Kazakhstan, while Yetakarina Zhdanova added 14.

Japan needed only three sets to deny Vietnam, 25-22, 25-21, 25-16.

Nomoto Rika made 16 points for Japan, while Uchiseto Mami contributed 10.

Tran Thi Thanh Thuy made 14 points for Vietnam, which will face Kazakhstan in the classification phase for fifth to eighth places.  

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