Tay Ninh, Vietnam, April 29, 2017 – Former Asian Women’s Club champions Bangkok Glass from Thailand thrashed Yunnan U.Dianchi College from China in comfortable straight sets to set up a final clash with VTV-Binhdien Long An on Sunday at the 11th VTV9-Binhdien Cup International Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Tay Ninh Gymnasium, Vietnam.
On Thursday, Bangkok Glass failed to make their mark to go down in dramatic four sets 15-25 19-25 25-22 20-25 to 4.25 Sport Club from DPR Korea in their last Pool B preliminary match to finish second in the pool and made it to the cross semi-finals, where they were due to take on Pool A winners Yunnan.
The other match on Thursday saw Fujian from China narrowly beat Vietin Bank in hard-fought five-set thriller 25-22 25-14 16-25 20-25 15-13.
After completion of the pool round-robin preliminaries on Thursday, top two teams from each pool advanced to the Saturday’s semi-finals, with teams finishing third and fourth places relegated to the 5th-8th classification round.
In Pool A, Yunnan from China became the only team which did not lose a match to top the pool with nine points from three straight wins, followed by VTV-Binhdien Long An with seven points from two wins against one loss. Thong tin Lienviet Postbank and winless Altay from Kazakhstan finished third and fourth places with six points and one point respectively.
The 4.25 Sport Club from DPR Korea led Pool B with eight points from two wins against one loss, while Bangkok Glass came in second spot with seven points. Also collecting similar seven points were Fujian, but had to finish third in the pool due to the worse set points ratio compared to the Thai side. Winless defending champions Vietin Bank came in fourth place with only one point.
In the Saturday’s semi-finals, Thidarat Phengvechai led Bangkok Glass with 14 points including 10 kills to help the team power past Yunnan from China 25-14 25-17 25-19, while home enthusiasts also had something to cheer about in the final showdown when VTV-Binhdien Long An stunned 4.25 Sport Club from DPR Korea 25-20 25-23 25-21 in the semi-finals to battle it out against Bangkok Glass in the final clash.
Meanwhile, the 5th-8th classification round on Saturday saw Vietin Bank outclass Thongtin Lienviet Postbank in straight sets 25-20 25-21 25-15 and China’s Fujian mercilessly crush Altay from Kazakhstan in a lop-sided battle 25-7 25-12 25-20.
On Sunday, the final day of the invitational tournament, Bangkok Glass from Thailand set up a final showdown with VTV-Binhdien Long An. Yunnan from China and 4.25 Sport Club battle it out for the bronze medal. Fujian from China and Vietin Bank fight for the fifth place, with Thongtin Lienviet Postbank and Kazakhstan’s Altay playing in the 7th-8th place playoff. The awards presentation and the closing ceremony will be held shortly at the end of the gold-medal match.
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