SEA Games: Cambodia beats Thais to win historic men’s volleyball bronze

Cambodia's Sarun (white and yellow) put on a stellar performance to help his team win the historic bronze medal.  - VNA / VNS image via Anh Tuấn ANN

Cambodia’s Sarun (white and yellow) put on a stellar performance to help his team win the historic bronze medal. – VNA / VNS image via Anh Tuấn ANN

KWANG NIN – Facing strong Thailand in third-place volleyball, the Cambodian men played one of the best games of their careers, stunning their opponents with a sharp five-set victory at the Dai Yen Sports Complex in Kwang Ninh province on Saturday.

The match was exciting from the first attack, Thailand was consistently ahead. However, Cambodia’s Sarun’s great form helped his team close the gap before a great comeback with a 25-23 victory in the first set.

Despite the shock rate, Thailand held their nerves and dominated the second set. Again, Cambodia fought fearlessly, but the Thais were even more cautious this time, closing the door for another comeback for the white and yellow men to win 25-22.

Now, despite just equalizing, the Cambodians have not lost their momentum, starting the third set with a score after score, forcing Thailand to make every effort to close the gap.

The two teams followed each other closely at every point, but with a high attitude from the first set, Cambodia made the most chances to win their 25-22 set.

Another set loss hurts Thailand’s honor as the fourth set shows why they are still a monster in ASEAN volleyball, beating their opponents by a big margin of 25-13, which culminates in the final.

It looked as if Thailand could beat Cambodia when the red men maintained a two-score gap in most of the game, but Cambodia found a reserve of extra energy and stunned Thailand.

And while opponents were still trying to figure out what went wrong, Cambodia led the way in sealing the set with a narrow 15-13 victory, making May 21 a historic day for Cambodian volleyball.

In a similar match in the women’s division, Indonesia defeated the Philippines 25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21 to win the bronze medal of the tournament.

Vietnam will continue their journey for the Golden Double in volleyball, with clashes in the men’s and women’s divisions with Indonesia and Thailand.

The final will be held on May 22 at the Die Yen Sports Complex in Kwang Ninh Province.

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