China beat Vietnam at Asian volleyball championship

By Hieu Luong   September 5, 2023 | 11:57 pm PT
China beat Vietnam at Asian volleyball championship
Vietnam players at the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship semifinal against China on September 5, 2023. Photo by AVC
Vietnam could not pull off a surprise against world number five China, and suffered a 3-0 defeat at the semifinals of the Asian Women's Volleyball Championship in Thailand Tuesday.

China did not bring their strongest squad toThailand, giving chances to many younger players. However, they still dominated Vietnam on Tuesday night thanks to the average height of 1.87 m.

Their blockers have an average height of 1.90 m, of which Yang Hanyu was 1.96 m tall. With that kind of advantage, China scored nine points from just blocking and only let Vietnam score 12 from direct attacks in the first two rounds.

After 42 minutes, China won the first round 25-13, and were victors 25-12 in round two.

Vietnam were not only ineffective in offense but also made many mistakes in defense with several poor first touches.

In the third round, China head coach Zhoa Yong put more young players on and Vietnam took this chance to get ahead with many good hits.

However, China were still able to come back and win 25-22.

China will meet Thailand in the final, while Vietnam will face Japan in the third-place playoff on Wednesday night.

If Vietnam can claim third place, they will secure qualification for the 2025 Volleyball Women’s World Championship.

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