Vietnam beat Uzbekistan to top group at AVC Challenge Cup
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Vietnam showed a more diverse and coherent attacking ability than in their opening match against Mongolia, quickly taking a 7-2 lead in the first set.
Attacker Tran Thi Thanh Thuy continued to be the highlight of the match for the Vietnamese side. While the Uzbekistan players were embarrassed with many mistakes, the Vietnamese team won easily 25-11 in the first set.
At the beginning of the second set, after Uzbekistan scored the first points, Thanh Thuy alone helped Vietnam increase their lead, winning nine straight points, including two serves.
Not just satisfied with her attacking prowess, the 1.93m-tall player Thanh Thuy also defended well, creating chances for Kieu Trinh, Tu Linh and Nguyen Thị Trinh to score. Vietnam won this set by 25-6.
In the third set, coach Nguyen Tuan Kiet changed the entire squad and brought the reserves into the game. Although there were erratic combinations to help Uzbekistan score many points, the Vietnamese team still won this set 25-18, to secure the overall victory.
Thanh Thuy was the best scorer with 10 points, of which there were five serves.
With two wins against Mongolia and Uzbekistan, Vietnam led Group D. They will continue to compete in the second group stage of Group F where they will only play two matches with the top two teams of Group B, Iran and Chinese Taipei.
The AVC Challenge Cup is an international competition in Asia and Oceania for unranked senior women's national teams of the members of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, the sport's continent governing body.
The winner will get a place at the FIVB Women's Challenge Cup which attracts teams from around the world to compete in France in July.
Following the event in Indonesia, Vietnam will head to the Republic of Korea for a training camp ahead of the 19th Asian Games in September.