Khanh Hoa wins 2018 National Sports Festival's volleyball event for men

Friday, 14/12/2018, 08:16 [GMT+7]

Khanh Hoa wins 2018 National Sports Festival's volleyball event for men

Beating Trang An Ninh Binh in the final of the men’s volleyball event, Khanh Hoa won the 2018 and also their first National Sports Festival championship since taking part in the professional tournament in 2008.
 
Khanh Hoa and Trang An Ninh Binh played an exciting final at Gia Lam Competition House (Hanoi) with the cheer from thousands of spectators. Trang An Ninh Binh had many quality athletes in their lineup. The skills of young outside hitters Vu Quang Khoi and Nguyen Thanh Tung had been highly appreciated by the professionals; setter Giang Van Duc, libero Nguyen Xuan Thanh and middle-blocker Nguyen Hoang Thuong had been the key players of the national volleyball team.
 
Whereas, Sanest Khanh Hoa had outside hitter Tu Thanh Thuan who has been considered as the current best hitter in Vietnam and national libero Huynh Trung Truc who has been in his best form. In addition, the team’s young players such as Duong Van Tien, Trien Chieu, Dinh Nhu, and Xuan Tan were also performing well at the national tournaments as well as Asian ones.

 

 
The two teams having their own quality players played a nail-biting and exciting final. Trang An Ninh Binh started better and won the first set 26-24. The two sides fought for each point in the second set; Sanest Khanh Hoa edged out Trang An Ninh Binh 30-18. Khanh Hoa’s team continued to perform well in the next two sets and earned a 25-21 and 25-23 win over their opponent, claiming the final victory. 
 
The result of Sanest Khanh Hoa at this event was partly thanks to the change in their play. Their attack used to depend most on outside hitters Ngo Van Kieu and Tu Thanh Thuan. Since having new coach, the team has tried to harmonize the play between the senior and junior players. They have played with more diverse play style with more players join attack. That new tactic has proved its effectiveness.
 
With the National Sports Festival championship, Sanest Khanh Hoa is the only team in Vietnam which has won all trophies at the domestic tournaments.
 
An Nhien
Translated by H.N

The National Sports Festival 2018 ended with closing ceremony taking place in Hanoi. The 2018 edition saw the participation of thousands of players from 56 provinces, cities, and industries over Vietnam. The festival included 36 sports events. Hanoi with 464 medals finished first. Khanh Hoa’s players only competed in 16 events; got seven gold medals, eight silvers, and 13 bronzes; placing 22nd on the final rankings.