Vietnamese women crowned VTV Volleyball Cup champions

Sunday, 2014-05-25 16:19:28
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Vietnamese women are convincing in victory. (Source: dantri.com.vn)
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Nhan Dan Online - The Vietnam women's national volleyball team beat Thailand 3-1 in a tense final match on Saturday to seal the championship title of the 2014 VTV International Women's Volleyball Cup. 

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The homeground advantage encouraged the Vietnamese women to play comfortably and claim the first set with a score of 25-23.

The second set witnessed a strong counter-attack from the guests who surged ahead and finished the set 29-27, to restore parity.

The home side displayed an excellent competitive spirit and bravery in the remainder of the match, fighting back to dominate Thailand 27-25 in their third game, before stirring up the atmosphere at the Bac Ninh provincial gymnasium with a decisive fourth-set victory.

In another game the same day, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) team overcame Kazakhstan 3-0 to take third place at this year's competition.

As the overall winners, Vietnam walked away with US$10,000 in prize money, while runners-up Thailand and third-placed team DPRK received US$7,000 and US$5,000, respectively.

The eight-day event brought together six teams from Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, the DPRK, Kazakhstan and China, playing in a round-robin qualification tournament with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals.