The Jakarta Post
China retained its title as the Asian Games gold medalist in women’s beach volleyball after defeating Japan 2-1 in a final match at the Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Monday.
The game lasted three sets as Japan showed its dominance in the first set, which ended with its victory of 21-17. In the second set, however, China rebounded, thanks to its hard-driven spikes, downing Japan 21-19, before winning again in the third set with a score of 15-10.
“This was a very tough game for us. Japan is a strong team and they played very well and made a lot of trouble for us,” Chinese beach volleyball player Xinyi Xia told The Jakarta Post after the match.
Indonesian duo Putu Dini Jasita Utami and Dhita Juliana emerged as the bronze medalists. The duo defeated players from Kazakhstan 2-0 to claim the victory.
Xinyi also emerged as the gold medalist for women’s beach volleyball during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Instead of pairing with her then-teammate Yuanyuan Ma, this time she was coupled with Fan Wang. A member of the Chinese team said Xinyi and Yuanyuan only joined training several months ago, ahead of the Asian Games.