Taiwan overcame a spirited India to claim its first gold in the Asian Men's Under23 Volleyball Championship Aug. 11 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
In a bestoffive matchup, Taiwan took the first two sets 2521 and 2520 on the strength of its robust defense and powerful attacks of opposite spiker Chang Yusheng. India fought back to capture the third set 2519 before eventually succumbing 2325.
According to championship organizer Bangkokbased Asian Volleyball Confederation, Taiwan dominated the 16team tourney, losing only once to Pakistan in the preliminary before defeating Australia, Sri Lanka, China and Japan in that order to win a berth in the championship game.
Taiwan players also won three of the eight individual awards on offer at the event. Chang was named best opposite spiker; Jhang Yunliang, best libero; and Chan Minhan, MVP.
First held in 2015, the biennial tournament is contested by the national teams of AVC countries. Taiwan finished third in the first two editions of the tournament.