JIANGSU, BIP SET UP BINH DIEN CUP FINAL SHOWDOWN
Quang Nam, Vietnam, May 19, 2018 – Visitors stole the show on the penultimate day of the 12th VTV9 Binh Dien Cup International Women’s Volleyball Tournament as BIP from the USA narrowly edged past hosts VTV Binh Dien Long An in hard-fought five-setter to set up a final showdown with China’s Jiangsu.
A huge number of around 2,500 home fans thronged into the Tamky Gym to boost their team’s morale, but they returned home disappointed when VTV Binh Dien Long An lost to the in-form visitors in tie-breaker 25-18 17-25 23-25 25-18 8-15 in the semi-finals of the one-week tournament.
Holly Toliver led BIP (Bring It Promotions) with 18 points including 13 attack hits and 4 ace serves, while Allison Mayfield contributed 16 points. Tran Thhi Than Thuy scored a match-high 19 points including 16 kills from 45 attempts for VTV Binh Dien, with Duong Thi Hen and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa respectively adding 17 and 16 points.
With the dramatic win, BIP will next go up against Jiangsu, the team they had already beaten 3-2 in the preliminary Pool B match earlier, in the final clash.
Jiangsu came from behind to beat Fujian 3-1 (20-25 25-17 25-23 25-16) in the all-Chinese semi-final encounter on Saturday. Xu Ruoya topscored Jiangsu with 25 points including 17 kills and 7 solid blocks, while Liu Yang bagged 14 points for Fujian. The Chinese side will next take on VTV Binh Dien Long An in the third-place playoff on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Est Cola, led by veteran Wilavan Apinyapong, produced a fantastic 3-1 (17-25 25-23 26-24 25-15) comeback win over Kazakhstan’s Almaty in the 5th-8th place playoff. The Thai team will battle it out against Vietinbank for the fifth place, with Almaty challenging Thong tin LVPB in the 7th-8th place playoff.
Vietinbank on Saturday struggled hard to beat Thong tin LVPB in epic five-setter 29-27 23-25 20-25 25-23 15-12 in the exhausting 143-minute clash of the 5th-8th playoff.
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