VTV BINH DIEN LONG AN VICTORIOUS WITH 3-0 AGAINST LANKA LIONS
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, July 11, 2018 – Vietnam’s VTV Binh Dien Long An stormed into a straight-sets win (25-8, 25-10, 25-11) against Sri Lanka’s Lanka Lions in Wednesday’s Group C match of the SMM 2018 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace.
Tran Thi Thanh Thuy led all scorers on the board, with 14 points from 10 attacks, two service aces and a block. Captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa added another 13 markers for the Vietnam club.
N.T.N. Hoa said “This is a good start for our team, as we have many young players. The weather here is surely different from back home, but we are slowly getting stronger day by day.”
The Vietnamese club started off strong with 8-3 in the first technical time-out, showing superior skill in their frontline. N.T.N. Hoa and T.T.T. Thuy showed variety in attack, combining powerful strikes with off-speed hits. Dan Thi Kim Thanh sustained service for five more points, as Lanka Lions could not seem to find the right tempo on court. The Sri Lankan club connected with several good plays, but found much difficulty against a strong opponent. VTV Binh Dien Long An continued to amass a their lead, all the way to a 25-8 win in the first set.
In the second set, VTV Binh Dien Long An’s setter Vo Thi Kim Thoa continued to utilize the frontline, as this was clearly their advantage. N.T.N. Hoa and T.T.T. Thuy remained the primary scorers for the Vietnamese side. Lanka Lions suffered from their errors in serve and attack, while their opponents only grew stronger and more confident to seize the second set at 25-10.
By the third set, Duong Thi Hen became involved in more plays from the left flank, with quick tap-ins that earned points for the Vietnamese club. With the exception of good swings from Thilini Perera, Lanka Lions struggled to sustain good energy and cohesive play. VTV, on the other hand, showed their advantage in every skill, to take 25-11 in the third set.
VTV Binh Dien Long An will play against Garuda (INA) on Friday, July 13, at 12:30 local time. Lanka Lions will resume play on Thursday, July 12, against the Indonesian club, also at 12:30 local.
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