VN coach spoilt for choice

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VN coach spoilt for choice

Coach Quiao Yu Chuan will select the best setter for the national women's volleyball team taking part in the Asian Women's Volleyball Cup in September, just two months before the Southeast Asian Games kicks off in Indonesia.

Selection dilemma: The Vietnamese women's volleyball team line up has yet to be finalised for the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia in September. — VNS Photo Quang Thang

HA NOI —

Selection dilemma: The Vietnamese women's volleyball team line up has yet to be finalised for the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia in September. — VNS Photo Quang Thang

The setter position, heavily contested by players such as Ha Thi Hoa, Dao Thi Huyen and Le Thi Minh Nham during prolonged training sessions held in Ha Noi since May.

The Vietnamese team, its players around 1.8m tall on average, will base its play on tactics and experience, rather than on physical confrontation when facing tough rivals such as Thailand and Indonesia.

"Vietnamese players always work really hard, proven by their excellent performance at the previous SEA Games," Quiao said.

"As our players aren't as tall as those from Thailand and Indonesia, I would like the team to focus on a quick, flexible and tactical approach in order to placate any disadvantages on court," he added.

Hoa, at 1.74m and one of the best setters the team has had over the last couple of years, is currently recovering from giving birth.

The 27-year-old setter's position has opened up to substitutes Huyen, 23, who shone at the recent national championship and Asian Women's Clubs Championships, and Nham who will be making her national debut in the Asian Cup this September.

Quiao, who spent 10 years coaching Chinese club Sichuan, has an array of players at his disposal including 1.83m Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa and attackers Bui Thi Hue, Pham Kim Hue and Pham Thi Yen.

The Vietnamese team, set to compete in the VTV Cup, to kick of in Buon Ma Thuot city next Saturday, and while winning SEA Games silver medals in 2007 and 2009, have yet to clinch the top prise. — VNS

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