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Vietnam retain Asian volleyball championship title following dominant victory over Kazakhstan

Vietnam retain Asian volleyball championship title following dominant victory over Kazakhstan

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 15:19 GMT+7
Vietnam retain Asian volleyball championship title following dominant victory over Kazakhstan
Vietnamese players celebrate a point during their championship match against Kazakhstan at the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Vietnam successfully defended their championship title at the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup for Women after their commanding 3-0 triumph over Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

In an electrifying showdown between the 2023 champions and their Kazakhstani opponents, Vietnam won three straight sets with scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-22. 

Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen led the charge for Vietnam, dominating with an impressive 26 points.

Vietnam strategically focused their offense on Bich Tuyen, whose powerful attacks from both flanks and the backline left little room for their rivals to counter. 

Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen (yellow jersey) attacks during the championship match between Vietnam and Kazakhstan at the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen (yellow jersey) attacks during the championship match between Vietnam and Kazakhstan at the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan relied heavily on captain Sana Anarkulova, who displayed a stellar all-around performance which helped to bolster the Kazakhstani offense and capitalize on several key opportunities. 

However, the Kazakhstani side failed to keep Bich Tuyen at bay and exposed weakness in their net defense and backcourt efforts.

Vietnamese players (yellow jersey) shield an attack from Kazakhstan during their championship match at the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Vietnamese players (yellow jersey) shield an attack from Kazakhstan during their championship match at the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Despite moments of success, Kazakhstan failed to maintain momentum, allowing Vietnam to seize control. 

Vietnam’s victory on Wednesday evening secured their spot in the 2024 FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup, slated to take place in Manila, the Philippines from July 4 to 7.

Bich Tuyen was crowned the Most Valuable Player of the AVC tournament.

Vietnamese player Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen is crowned the Most Valuable Player of the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Vietnamese player Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen is crowned the Most Valuable Player of the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup in the Philippines, May 29, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

The AVC Challenge for Women is a prestigious international competition in Asia and Oceania hosted by the Asian Volleyball Confederation for unranked senior women’s national teams. 

Established in 2018 as a biennial tournament, its inaugural edition in Hong Kong was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

The following edition was also called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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