Update: 07:11 | 03/03/2019
The 4.25 Club from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) won the championship title of the International Women’s Volleyball Tournament – LienVietPostBank Cup 2019 after defeating LienVietPostBank team of Vietnam 3-0 (25-16, 25-14 and 25-15) in the final match on March 1.
The annual event took place in the northern province of Bac Ninh from February 22 to March 1, with the participation of four Vietnamese teams and four international invitees.
DPRK captain Jong Jin-sim (right) in a recent international event. She contributed to North Korea’s win over Shanghai at the LienVietPostBank International Women’s Volleyball Tournament on March 1.
The Vietnamese teams were Kinh Bac – Bac Ninh, LienVietPostBank, VTV Binh Dien Long An and Tien Nong Thanh Hoa, while the guests included China’s Fujian and Shanghai Fudan, Kazakhstan U23 and the DPRK 4.25 Club.
The eight participants were divided into two groups and competed in a round-robin format to decide the top two teams from each group that advanced to the semifinals.
After eight days of competition with sportsmanship, the teams gave the fans fierce, exciting and professional matches.
With their superior height, resilient fitness and diverse attacking measures, the DPRK 4.25 Club performed impressively throughout the tournament and brought home the overall trophy in a convincing fashion as they won all of their matches.
As the champions, the DPRK 4.25 Club walked away with 15,000 USD, while second-placed LienVietPostBank and third-placed VTV Binh Dien Long An received 10,000 USD and 6,000 USD, respectively. The tournament offered 40,000 USD up for grabs, the largest sum in the system of women’s volleyball competitions in Vietnam at present.
In addition, the organizing committee presented seven individual prizes worth 2,000 USD in total, including “best outside hitter”, “best middle blocker”, “best setter”, “best opposite”, “best libero”, “most comprehensive player” and “Miss Volleyball”.