Mon Mar 6, 2017 09:47AM
The photo shows a view of the 11th Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship Pool A match between Iran and China in Chongqing, China, on March 5, 2017.
The photo shows a view of the 11th Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship Pool A match between Iran and China in Chongqing, China, on March 5, 2017.

Young Iranian female volleyball players have suffered their first loss at the preliminary round of the 11th edition of Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship in China, being beaten by the hosts.

On Sunday, the Chinese side opened the match played in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing in a convincing fashion. The Iranian volleyball players then took the game to the wire to make up the deficit, but fell short and lost 14-25 at the end of the first set.

In the second set, the Chinese athletes refused to relinquish control of the game, and registered a 25-6 victory.

The Chinese volleyball players kept the lead in the third set to surge ahead, and rolled to a 25-12 win.

The 11th edition of Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship started in Chongqing, China, on March 5, and will conclude on March 13, 2017.

It is the Asian qualification round for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship in Argentina, which is due to take place from August 18 to 27, 2017.

The photo shows a view of the 11th Asian Girls’ U18 Volleyball Championship Pool A match between Iran and China in Chongqing, China, on March 5, 2017.

The 12 participating teams have been divided into four pools, with hosts China joining Hong Kong and Iran in Pool A. Japan, New Zealand and Samoa are in Pool B, with Thailand, Kazakhstan and Australia in Pool C. Pool D comprises Korea, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan. 

Only top two teams from each pool after the preliminaries will advance to round of the last eight teams in Pool E and F, while the teams finishing third will be relegated to the 9th-12th classification round.

Teams playing each other in the preliminaries will not meet again, but their early results will be taken into consideration for ranking classification.

Top four teams from the Asian meet will make the cut for the 20-team 2017 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship.