Vietnam women’s volleyball team had a close 3-2 win over Japan to lead Pool C at the Asian Volleyball Confederation’s Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in China on Wednesday.
With only two experienced players Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa and Do Thi Minh, a win over the number 2 seed Japan was considered a surprise for the team of mostly new faces.
A poor beginning ahead the strong opponent led to two losing sets, 16/25 and 22/25, for Vietnam.
But Vietnam came back strongly in the third and fourth sets, all with 25/22, before winning the deciding fifth set 18/16.
“Our players competed with a strong determination. The winning match was just a beginning. The team needs to maintain their skills in the next matches,” said Coach Le Thanh Tung.
The training session in North Korea, where they played against 25.4 Club, has significantly improved their skills, he said.
Vietnam will play against Mongolia on May 21 while Turkmenistan, the other team in Pool C, has dropped out of the league.
The AVC Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship attracted 14 teams, competing in four pools of three to four teams, with the final match scheduled on May 28.
Based on last year’s event, Thailand is the number 1 seed, followed by Japan and South Korea, while Vietnam is at 6th place.