Volleyball teams get real about goals (18-09-2007) HA NOI — Viet Nam’s aim to win bronze medals in the men and women’s beach volleyball team events in the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games may not be achieved as they have not had enough opportunity to play in domestic or international tournaments. The women’s team would have had a better opportunity if Mai Thi Hoa, who was fifth in Asia, hadn’t retired from competition earlier this year. As Hoa is absent, Phan Thi Cam Hong has lost her most experienced teammate and will play with replacement Nguyen Thi Tiep. Head coach, Huynh Thanh Son said, “Although Tiep plays well, they have not played much together and need more time to built up their partnership and understanding of each other, so the Hong-Tiep combination will be not as effective as Hong-Hoa for some time.” In the Southeast Asia, the Vietnamese women’s team are ranked after Thailand who have carefully prepared to defend their title. But Viet Nam will also face tough competition from the Philippines whose experienced players have joint US nationality where they are ranked from 20th to 30th. Hong-Tiep have competed in only one international tournament this year, the Asian…
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