Hosts Vietnam's Thong Tin Lien Viet Bank beat Japan's Kensyokai Red Hearts in straight sets at the 2011 Asian Women's Club Volleyball Championships qualifier matches in Vinh Phuc Province on Monday.
The victory was a big surprise because the Vietnamese club was considered the underdogs and the Japanese club had beaten Iran's Perspolise 3-2 earlier in their opening match.
While both teams started on equal terms, the hosts eventually pulled away from the visitors to win 25-22, 25-12, 25-20.
In their opening match, the Vietnamese women hammered the Philippines in straight sets (25-18, 25-12, 25-8). With two wins, they are current leaders in Group A. They will clash with Iran's Perspolise on Tuesday.
In Group B, powerhouse Tianjing Bridgetone from China lost 2-3 to Kazakhstan's Thedyssu while Thailand's Chang crushed Garuda from Indonesia.