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VIETNAM STRUGGLE TO BEAT CHINESE TAIPEI IN EXHAUSTING FIVE SETS


Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, September 18, 2018 – Vietnam avenged the first round 2-3 loss in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia to Chinese Taipei to overpower the battling oppositions in the 131-minute hard-fought five-set thriller in their last pool round-robin preliminaries at the 6th AVC Cup for Women at the Chartchai Hall here on Tuesday.

With the 22-25 28-26 30-2816-25 15-11 win, Vietnam finished second in Pool B with 2 points from one win against one loss to China, while Chinese Taipei had 1 point from two straight losses to come in third place in the pool.

Tran Thi Thanh Thuy scored a match-high 26 points for Vietnam including 24 kills from 56 attempts, added by Bui Thi Nga’s 14 including 3 solid blocks. Huang Ching-Hsuan contributed 24 points for Chinese Taipei including 21 attacks.

Both sides fielded their strong team which competed in the recent 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. As Vietnam were strong offensively with the likes of the 190cm Tran Thi Thanh Thuy and the 186cm Bui Thi Nga, Chinese Taipei came up with incredible speed and power at the net.

Chinese Taipei got off to a great start, with Huang Ching-Hsuan and Huang Hsin-Yu overpowering the taller blockers with their aggressive attacks to help their team lead 8-5. Vietnam regrouped and hit back with solid blocks and attacks to reduce the gap at 21-23. Although Tran Thi Thanh Thuy excelled in attacks, Chinese Taipei responded well to eventually come through and take the hard-fought first set 25-22.

It was another script in the second set when Vietnam initially took the upper hand 5-1, but Chinese Taipei did not surrender. They stormed back with thunderous spikes from Huang Ching-Hsuan and Lee Tzu-Ying and effective blocks by Tseng Wan-Ling and Hsieh Yi-Chen to level at 23-23. After that, Huang Chin-Hu stretched her hand and smashed her way to hand Chinese Taipei three straight points, but not enough to lead her team to victory. Dang Thi Hen produced two consecutive aces for the Vietnam’s 28-26 win in the tight set.

In the third set, the excellent combinations between Huang Ching-Hsuan and Tseng Wan-Ling gave Chinese Taipei a strong comeback to stay in front with a 4-point clear at 10-6 and widened the margin to 22-23 before Tran Thi Thanh Thuy saved the day for Vietnam as she used her height advantage to attack devastatingly for her team’s 30-28 win.

The fourth set turned out to be a one-sided affair when Chinese Taipei played with confidence and consistency, refraining to make any hasty unforced mistakes. Their determination bore fruits following the comfortable 25-16 win.

In the tie-break, Vietnam led from start, with Tran Thi Thanh Thiu unleashing a series of powerful attacks. Chinese Taipei upped their tempo for a last-ditch effort, but it was in vain. Vietnam won the decider 15-12 and match.

 

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