Vietnam’s Sport Center I, the only team to remain undefeated at the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship, set up a thrilling final against Thailand’s Diamond Food Fine Chef after they pulled off an impressive upset of China’s Liaoning Donghua in the semifinal match held in the northern Vietnamese province of Vinh Phuc on Monday.
Sport Center I, fielding all Vietnamese national team players in their final preparation for next week’s 2023 Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia, maintained their strength on the offensive end with the help of Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, a powerful hitter. The team has been training rigorously to ensure they are prepared to take on the competition and come out on top. With the backing of a passionate home crowd, the players will be looking to make their nation proud by delivering a strong performance and bringing home a medal. It promises to be an exciting tournament, and Sport Center I will be keen to make their mark.
However, the first set was dominated by Liaoning Donghua, who secured an early lead with a four-point advantage of 12-8. Cheng Wen and Sun Xizoxuan effectively blocked Thanh Thuy multiple times, giving Liaoning Donghua the edge.
The Chinese outfit capitalized on the Vietnamese team’s unforced attacking and blocking errors, maintaining their consistency to take the first set at 25-17.
Liaoning Donghua silenced the cheering home fans at the packed 3,000-seater Vinh Phuc Indoor Stadium with their spectacular attacks and splendid combinations in the second set, resulting in them gaining the upper hand and leading 12-6. Despite this, the host team gradually pulled the game together, eventually catching up to them at 22-22.
Sport Center I allowed the powerful visitors only one more point from Sun Xizoxuan’s ferocious attack to the back court as Thanh Thuy scored three consecutive points to lead the team to a hard-won 25-23 victory.
Sport Center I’s confidence was soaring after claiming the second set, and they returned to the court with exceptional form in the third set.
They caught the Chinese side unawares at 12-12, seizing control and breaking away to establish a wide margin of 23-17.
Vi Thi Nhu Quynh delivered a set point for the home team at 24-17, but Wang Lujia attacked brilliantly to score one point for the Chinese team. Then, a serve from Lin Xinyu went into the net, allowing Sport Center I to take the third set 25-18.
|A Vietnam Sport Center I player jumps to spike the volleyball in their semifinal clash against China’s Liaoning Donghua at the 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship in Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam, May 1, 2023. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation
Cheered on noisily by their home fans, the Sport Center team put on an amazing and gutsy display of excellence and teamwork!
Thanh Thuy led the Vietnamese attacks with exceptional form, serving as an inspiration to her fans.
Her powerful mid-court attacks and well-established combinations of Nhu Quynh’s thundering spikes and Hoang Thi Kieu Trinh’s solid blocks propelled the home team ahead 13-8.
After that, the Vietnamese entertained home fans with their exceptional tactics, including powerful attacks from Thanh Thuy and Nhu Quynh and effective blocks to extend the lead to a commanding 22-14.
I never looked back, going on to capture the set 25-16, claiming both the match and a finals berth, much to the home fans’ delight.
The terrific 3-1 comeback win not only earned Sport Center I their unprecedented spot in the highly-anticipated final showdown against Diamond Food Fine Chef team from Thailand on Tuesday, but also made history for Vietnam as it became the first time ever that a Vietnamese team had reached the podium in this continent’s top-flight club championship.
The championship will be held in Vietnam from the 21st of April to the 2nd of May, 2023.
The 2023 Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship is set to be an exciting event, as it marks the 23rd edition of the annual international tournament. Organized by the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the Volleyball Federation of Vietnam, the competition will be held in Vietnam from the 21st of April to the 2nd of May, 2023. This tournament promises to be an exhilarating event for all volleyball fans, showcasing the best teams in Asia as they battle for the championship title.
The nine participating teams – Vietnam, Iran, Japan, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, China, Mongolia, and Hong Kong – will compete in two groups in a round-robin format in Vinh Phuc Province from April 25th to May 2nd.
The winner of the tournament will qualify for the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship, scheduled for December 11 to 17 in China.