|Bình Điền Long An face Shanghai at the LienVietPostBank International Women’s Volleyball Tournament in the northern province of Bắc Ninh on Wednesday. — Photo 24h.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Defending champions Bình Điền Long An booked a spot in the semi-finals of the LienVietPostBank International Women’s Volleyball Tournament in the northern province of Bắc Ninh on Wednesday.
The team beat China’s Shanghai after five tense sets in the last Group B match.
Long An played with energy in the first set but still lost to their rival 20-25. They fought back to win the second set 25-20.
Shanghai took the lead with a close score of 27-25 in the third set; however, they struggled to recover their energy and quickly lost the fourth set by a score of 15-25.
In the decisive final set, Long An triumphed 15-9.
North Korea also entered the semi-finals after beating hosts Kinh Bắc – Bắc Ninh 3-0.
With the support of the home fans, Kinh Bắc took a lead of 10-6 in the first minutes of first set. However, through the strong play of Kim Hyon-ju and Jong Jin-sim, North Korea closed the gap and won 25-21.
The hosts lost their form and North Korea easily bested them in the next two sets.
North Korea will meet Fujian of China in the semi-finals, while Long An will face LienVietPostBank.
The final will take place on March 1. The winners will walk away with US$15,000. — VNS