Hong Kong, June 30, 2022 – Hong Kong, China senior women’s volleyball team gave a stunning performance in the 3rd AVC Women’s Challenge Cup in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand to capture four straight wins to clinch the crown, the first-ever championship for Hong Kong, China volleyball team in any international competitions.
The comeback win against India was the key for their championship journey
After five days of exciting competition, Hong Kong, China team fell short to hosts Thailand U20 squad in the first match but they regrouped and came back strong to capture four straight wins over Malaysia, Singapore, India and Uzbekistan. The come-from-behind win against India was even spectacular. Players showed their “never give up” spirit in this match.
As Thailand U20 only joined the competition as performance and the result would not be taken account for the eventual Challenge Cup winners; Hong Kong, China team remained undefeated against other four teams and claimed the 3rd AVC Women’s Challenge Cup crown. The 4th place was the best result Hong Kong, China volleyball team ever had in any international competitions. They not only finished this competition in top three but also clinched their first-ever championship. These players were writing a splendid chapter for Hong Kong, China Volleyball.
Captain Chim Wing Lam (front row left) won the MVP award in Challenge Cup and it was presented by Feng Kun (front row right), former captain of China women’s national volleyball team.
Chiu Man Hin, Chairperson of Executive Committee of Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China (VBAHK), appreciated the hard work of players and coaches, “I am thrilled for the first-ever championship of Hong Kong, China team. Players were preserving during pandemic; they trained in various ways to keep their fitness level in order to get well-prepared for this competition. Their spirit, their potentials and team efforts on and off the court were the key to success. Again, I am thankful to players’ and coaches’ effort.”
Challenge Cup MVP, team captain Chim Wing Lam described this championship journey as “miracle”, “We had a losing record against India and rarely played with Singapore. In order to overcome these challenges, we analysed our opponents before every game. Also, the chemistry among experienced players and fresh players was surprisingly outstanding. It was teamwork that made the dream work.” Chim said the team has built confidence after this competition, “We improved our defence and reception a lot. In the near future, we are able to shape our team style with some faster tactics which are the trend of world class volleyball. Last but not least, we will also uphold our “never give up” spirit in any competitions.”
Three players from Hong Kong, China Team earned individual award. Pang Wing Lam (right) was awarded as Best Outside Hitter; Lau Ho Ting (middle) as Best Middle Blocker and Chim Wing Lam (left) as Most Valuable Player.
VBAHK is also sending the heartfelt gratitude to coaches’ hard work, the support of strength and conditioning coaches and CUHK Sports Medicine Team as well as the regular training base at Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai Secondary and Primary School for the Hong Kong Teams. Their great support should not be diminished in our marvelous success in the Challenge Cup.
Hong Kong, China lost to Thailand U20 0-3 (19-25, 23-25, 11-25)
Hong Kong, China beat Malaysia 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 30-28)
Hong Kong, China beat Singapore 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-16)
Hong Kong, China beat India 3-2 (12-25, 18-25, 25-13, 25-19, 15-6)
Hong Kong, China beat Uzbekistan 3-0 (25-19, 25-10, 25-19)
Individual Awards of Hong Kong, China Team players
Best Outside Hitter: Pang Wing Lam
Best Middle Blocker: Lau Ho Ting
Most Valuable Player: Chim Wing Lam
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