Reigning champions Viet Nam lose to North Korea (09-09-2008) HA NOI — Viet Nam met with their first big challenge on the way to defend their VTV Cup title after losing 0-3 to North Korea who proved the better team yesterday in the southern province of Can Tho. It was the second match for both two sides who each won their first round at the International Women’s Volleyball Tournament. As the result, the winner of yesterday’s match would ensure a place in the semi-final round. The decisive meaning of the match pushed both two teams to aggressive games but Viet Nam failed to grab a single set win although their performance was better than in previous matches. The Korean players easily dominated the first two sets as they understood Viet Nam’s strategy after watching the Viet Nam vs New Zealand match on Sunday. In the first set, the visitors won many points from their very strong serves which the Vietnamese side were unable to stop. They positively kept the slow pace of the sets with a narrow gap point to lead Viet Nam and finished at 25-20 of the first set and 25-23 in the second. The third set saw…
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