The women’s squad of Viet Nam beat Indonesia 3-0 on the first day of the VTV International Women’s Volleyball Tournament on Monday in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.
|Viet Nam’s Pham Thi Kim Hue (in red) scores one point in the Viet Nam-Indonesia match. (Photo: SGGP)|
The hosts finished the first two sets at 25-9 and 25-10. Then, coach Pham Van Long put two substitutes into the pitch after his ladies advanced 7-3 in the third set. This was not a sound decision as the substitutes did not play well, thus affecting the whole team.
Indonesia equalized 7-7 and got ahead to 10-7. The Vietnamese women adjusted themselves to equalize at 17-17. The score kept going to 19-19 then the hosts cut their opponents’ chase, winning at 25-20.
A weakness of the hosts seen in the match was that the second-string players failed to be good substitutes.
All eight teams attending the event battled on the opening day. China’s Nankai beat Belarus 3-1 also in Group B. In Group A, China’s Sichuan and Khacov University of Ukraine defeated Thai Juniors and Sri Lanka respectively at 3-0.
Si Chuan will play Sri Lanka on July 25 while Thailand will meet Khacov. The other matches are Viet Nam vs. Nankai and Indonesia vs. Belarus.