|Việt Nam celebrate beating Thailand at the Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship in Hà Nội on Sunday. — Photo volleyball.vn|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam finished third at the Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship which wrapped up in Hà Nội on Sunday.
Việt Nam crushed Thailand 3-1 (14-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-14) in the third-place playoff match in one hour and 45 minutes.
The hosts came from behind to beat Thailand after losing their first set.
Meanwhile, China had an easy victory over North Korea with three winning sets in the final to take the title.
Vietnamese player Trần Thị Thanh Thúy won the best spiker award.
Deputy General Director of the Việt Nam Sports Administration Trần Đức Phấn, head of the organising committee, said the nine-day competition aimed to improve skills for young volleyball players and strengthen cooperation, friendship, and solidarity between volleyball federations in the region.
The tourney also created a good chance for Vietnamese women players to gain experience from other rivals in preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games to be held in the Philippines later this year, he added.
The 2019 Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship attracted 13 teams including Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India and Sri Lanka.
They played in a round-robin format in the group stage and in a knockout format from the semi-finals. — VNS