Iran beaten by Vietnam at Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship

May 16, 2017

Iran were handed the first loss at the 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Tuesday.

The Persians lost to Vietnamese team in straight sets 25-19 25-17 25-19.

Iran had defeated Malaysia and New Zealand in Pool D.

 Fatemeh Amini led Iran with 10 points including 9 devastating spikes.

Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, who also joined the Vietnam national senior women’s team, scored a match-high 21 points including 17 kills from 33 attempts. She also led in blocking and serving with 2 kill blocks and 2 ace serves.

After the match, Vietnam’s head coach Japanese Irisawa Hidehiro said, “I’m happy with the win, but I’m a bit down with my players’ below-par form. It’s far from what we did while training. Actually, we trained only one week in preparation for this championship,” Irisawa Hidehiro, Japanese head coach of Vietnam, said.

Iran will meet Japan on Wednesday.

The 2017 Asian Women's U23 Volleyball Championship is a biennial international volleyball tournament organized by the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) with Thailand Volleyball Association (TVA).

The tournament, which is being held from May 13 to 21, serves as the Asian qualification tournament for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U23 World Championship in Slovenia from September 10 to 17. Only top two teams from the Asian meet will make the cut for the World Championship.

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