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Binh Dien Long An retake crown


GIA LAI — VTV-Binh Dien Long An came from 2-0 down to beat the Military Signal Corps - Lien Viet Bank 3-2 in a five-set thriller, to win their second title at the fourth VTV-Binh Dien Cup international women’s volleyball tournament yesterday.

The tournament’s 2007 champions won 16-25, 22-15, 25-23, 25-27, 15-10 at Pleiku City’s Gymnasium in the Central Highlands Province of Gia Lai, ending Signal Corps’ hopes of taking the title for the first time.

It was a magnificent finale to the tournament, with VTV Binh Dien once again getting past arch-rivals Signal Corps.

In the finals at the PV Oil National Volleyball League last July, VTV-Binh Dien also defeated Signal Corps 3-1 to take the title.

With the victory, VTV-Binh Dien received a cash prize of US$6,000 while runners-up Signal Corps received $4,000.

The awards for best player, blocker, libero went to VTV-Binh Dien’s Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, Signal Corps’ Pham Thi Kim Hue and Chinese Taipei’s Yang Meng Hua. While best spiker, setter, Miss Volleyball prizes were presented to PV Oil Thai Binh’s Bui Kim Hue and Chinese Taipei’s Yen Pei Ling and Wang Shuo.

In the earlier electrifying third-place match, the women’s volleyball team from Chinese Taipei beat defending champions PV Oil Thai Binh in three sets at the fourth international women’s volleyball tournament, the VTV-Binh Dien Cup.

Chinese Taipei, who is attending the tournament for the first time, got past Thai Binh 27-25, 25-20, 25 to finish third and pocket $2,000.

Entering the finals without dropping a set, Signal Corps started the match full of confidence, and quickly won the first two sets at 25-16 and 25-23.

The third set saw VTV Binh Dien recovering strongly with players, especially captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, finding their rhythm. Hue’s spike was blocked by Hoa and VTV-Binh Dien reduced the deficit to 2-1, sparking a revival.

The third-set victory gave VTV-Binh Dien a boost for a comeback that helped players keep their cool to win the fourth set at 27-25, levelling the score 2-2.

Entering the decisive set, Seniloli Annaseini, from the Republic of the Fiji Islands, who joined VTV-Binh Dien last year, found their lethal and powerful spikes and easily ended the set 15-10. — VNS


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