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Lienviet reign supreme in Vietnam Women’s International Volleyball Tournament

LienvietPostBank celebrate their victory over Si Chuan in last Sunday's final

Bac Ninh, Vietnam, May 27, 2013 -  Thongtin Lienviet Post Bank Club have won the 2013 Lienviet PostBank Cup Women's International Volleyball Tournament after pulling off a hard-fought straight-set win (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) over China's Si Chuan.

Lienviet PostBank finished an impressive fifth at the recent AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship in Dac Lac City, Vietnam and maintained their invincible run at the invitational meet, which concluded Sunday, May 26.

Eight teams took part in the tournament. Pool A comprised Thongtin Lienviet PostBank (Vietnam); Shandong University (China); VTV Binh Dien and Sri Lanka. While pool B included China's Si Chuan, Vietsovpetro, VietinBank and Thailand’s national junior team.

The group round-robin preliminaries took place from May 19 to 24. As expected, ThongtinLienvietPostBank performed superbly well in all their  matches  earning  nine points to top Pool A.

VTV Binh Dien came in second place with five points from two wins against one loss, followed by China's Shandong with four points from one win against two losses. Sri Lanka did not win a set and finished fourth in the group.

In Pool B, Si Chuan also proved their might winning three successive victories to emerge as the group’s winner with nine points. VietinBank had two wins against one loss and came in second, followed by Thailand’s national junior team and Vietsovpetro taking third and fourth place respectively in the group.

With the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals, the lower-ranked sides competed in the classification round for the 5th to 8th places in the competition.

In Saturday's semi-finals, the two unbeaten teams, Vietnam's ThongtinLienvietPostBank and China's Si Chuan, remained in remarkable form. ThongtinLienvietPostBank proved too strong for VietinBank and defeated their compatriots in comfortable straight sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-14).  The indomitable Si Chuan was challenged by VTV Binh Dien but overcame the Vietnamese side in a dramatic four set win (25-11, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16).

The 5th to 8th playoffs saw China's Shandong  beat Vietsovpetro 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-18) and Thailand outclass Sri Lanka in straight sets (25-11, 25-19, 25-20).

Finally in the showdown on Sunday, ThongtinLienvietPostBank held off Si Chuan  to win in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) and take the title at the eight-day tournament.

Earlier in the day VTV Binh Dien and VietinBank played against each other for third-place, which saw the former win a hotly-contested battle in five sets (25-19, 14-25, 25-12, 19-25,15-13).

In the playoffs, Thailand’s junior national team finished in fifth place following a hard-fought five-set win (25-22, 21-25, 23-25,25-21, 15-11) over China's Shandong, while seventh place went to Vietsovpetro after the host side defeated Sri Lanka 25-17, 25-17, 25-11.

Final ranking

1. ThongtinLienvietPostBank (Vietnam)
2. Si Chuan (China)
3. VTV Binh Dien (Vietnam)
4. VietinBank (Vietnam)
5. Thailand Junior Team
6. Shandong (China)
7. Vietsovpetro (Vietnam)
8. Sri Lanka

Individual Awards

Best Server: Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa (VTV Binh Dien)
Best Setter: Wang Chen (Si Chuan)
Best Attacker: Nguyen Thi Xuan (VietinBank)
Best Libero: Ta Thi Dieu Linh (ThongtinLienvietPostBank)
Best Blocker: Ye Qi (Si Chuan)
MVP: Pham Thi Yen (ThongtinLienvietPostBank)
Miss Volleyball: Kaewkalaya Kamulthala (Thailand)


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