|Việt Nam vs Japan in the quarter-finals of the sixth Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup for Women at the Chartchai Hall in Thailand on September 19. — Photo volleyball.vn |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam national women’s volleyball team lost to Japan 1-3 (20-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23) in the quarter-finals of the sixth Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Women at the Chartchai Hall in Thailand on September 19.
Asian champions Japan, which fielded a young squad in this tournament, made a poor start in the opening set against Việt Nam who ranked sixth at the recent 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.
Trần Thị Thanh Thúy, who is 1.90m tall, shone in the first set to help Việt Nam win 25-20.
Both teams made a solid start to trade points from the beginning of the second set which saw the score tied at 8-8. After that, Việt Nam found themselves two points clear at 22-20. However, their lead was short-lived as Japan stormed back with aggressive spikes and well-organised defence to surge ahead of the experienced rivals and win the hard-fought set 25-23.
The third and fourth set saw the Japanese girls controlled the game. They covered the court well for attacks and blocks and won 25-12 and 25-23.
In this game, Miwako Osanai scored 19 attack points for Japan, while Shuri Yamaguchi and Shiori Aratani added 14 and 12 points respectively. Thúy led Việt Nam with 16 points.
Việt Nam will next meet Kazakhstan for the fifth-10th places round. — VNS