Day 2 of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Women’s Volleyball Competition witnessed high drama and exemplary performances, with thrilling matches taking place at Deqing Sports Center Gymnasium and Hangzhou Normal University Cangqian Gymnasium.
The highlight of the day was the spectacular comeback of Vietnam against Korea, turning a two-set deficit into a 3-2 victory, echoing their resilience from their recent encounter at the Asian Senior Women’s Championship. The closely-fought match ended with a 15-11 win in the decider, leaving Vietnamese fans at Hangzhou Normal University Cangqian Gymnasium in absolute jubilation. Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, team captain and outside hitter of Vietnam, shone with a 24-point performance, playing a pivotal role in the team’s victory. Korea will now face Nepal.
In another exciting showdown, Kazakhstan achieved a straight-set win, 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-15), over Hong Kong, China, showcasing their dominance with superb skills and combination attacks. Sana Anarkulova contributed 18 points to the team’s commanding win.
Japan, featuring nine players from their recent bronze-winning team at the Asian Championship, displayed unmatched skill and strength against Afghanistan, concluding the match with a flawless 3-0 (25-2, 25-0, 25-5) victory. Yuka Sato and Miwako Osanai scored 15 points each, leading Japan to a win.
Thailand also recorded their first win at the Hangzhou Asian Games, defeating Chinese Taipei with a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-12, 25-13) score. Ajcharaporn Kongyot, the Thai outside hitter, spearheaded the victory with 19 points.
China, celebrating the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, pleased the home crowd with an emphatic 3-0 win against India, with outside hitter Wang Yunlu leading the scoring with 10 points.