Kazakh thumping holds Vietnam volleyballers to fourth; result still a country best

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Vietnam finished fourth at the Women's Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup after losing straight sets to hosts Kazakhstan in its fight for the third place on Sunday.

Though the Vietnamese women failed to finish among the top three to win a berth at the World Championship, the fourth place finishing, with its cash prize of US$12,000, is the Vietnamese women's best result in international volleyball so far.

The Vietnamese women did weak on the attack and slow on defense and lost the first set 18-25.

The Vietnamese women played better in the second set and at one time they were at 17-18 right behind the Kazakhs before the hosts took the lead and the set 25-20. The Vietnamese women looked their weakest in the third set and lost 16-25.

In other action, Thailand, who beat Vietnam in straight sets in the semifinals, continued to play superbly in the final match to dethrone the Chinese, who took the championship at two consecutive events in 2008 and 2010.

It was a fierce fight for both teams and Thailand won the first set 30-28 before China stepped up their game to take the second set 27-25. However, the Thai women won 25-20 and 25-20 in the next two sets.

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