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Vietnam secure quarterfinal spot with victory over Taiwan at Asian men's volleyball cup

Vietnam secure quarterfinal spot with victory over Taiwan at Asian men's volleyball cup

Wednesday, June 05, 2024, 12:13 GMT+7
Vietnam secure quarterfinal spot with victory over Taiwan at Asian men's volleyball cup
The Vietnamese national men’s volleyball team pose for a photo after their 3-0 victory over Taiwan in Pool D of the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Vietnam overpowered Taiwan 3-0 in straight sets in Pool D to secure their berth in the quarterfinals of the 2024 Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men held in Bahrain on Tuesday.

After their prior loss to Australia, Vietnam and Taiwan squared off directly for one last shot at advancing to the quarterfinals of their pool. 

Vietnam held an advantage due to Taiwan’s lineup predominantly comprising young athletes under 20. 

The Vietnamese team quickly asserted dominance from the start of Tuesday’s game, with outside hitter Nguyen Ngoc Thuan continuing his stellar performance from the previous match against Australia, delivering powerful attacks that left Taiwan struggling. 

Vietnam (blue jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Taiwan at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Vietnam (blue jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Taiwan at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

The first set ended in a decisive 25-15 victory for Vietnam.

In the second set, Vietnam’s coach Tran Dinh Tien introduced some new players, resulting in a more evenly matched and tense contest. 

Despite their efforts, the young Vietnamese could not replicate their seniors’ earlier dominance.

As both teams were fiercely battling for control, the pivotal moment came at 22-22 when a Taiwanese player faulted, handing Vietnam a crucial 23-22 lead. 

Vietnam (blue jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Taiwan at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Vietnam (blue jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Taiwan at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Ngoc Thuan then sealed the triumph with two consecutive points, securing a 25-22 win.

The third set saw Vietnam regain momentum, claiming a decisive 25-14 victory and clinching second place in Pool D, earning them a spot in the quarterfinals against Pakistan.

Their quarterfinal encounter is set for 8:30 pm on Thursday (Vietnam time).

Taiwan (white jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Vietnam at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Taiwan (white jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Vietnam at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Notably, Vietnam are the sole representative of Southeast Asia among the final eight teams in the tournament. 

Meanwhile, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia all finished last in their pools after facing formidable opponents.

Taiwan (white jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Vietnam at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Taiwan (white jersey) attack during their Pool D encounter with Vietnam at the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup for Men in Bahrain, June 4, 2024. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

The Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup for Men is an annual international volleyball competition in Asia and Oceania contested by the senior men’s national teams of the AVC members, serving as a qualifier for the FIVB Challenger Cup.

This year’s edition is taking place in Isa Town, Bahrain from June 2 to 9.

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