HANOI, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Two teams from Vietnam and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday beat their rivals at the semi-finals to enter the final round of the VTV-Binh Dien International Women's Volleyball Cup being held in Vietnam's central Quang Tri province.
DPRK's 4.25 Sports Club won against Kazakhstan's Astana in straight sets with 25-19, 25-18 and 25-20, while the defending champion LienVietPostBank of Vietnam edged VTV Binh Dien Long An also from Vietnam 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19 and 15-13).
So far, DPRK's 4.25 Sports Club recorded all five wins while LienVietPostBank claimed all four wins. The final match will take place Sunday in Quang Tri.
The annual competition kicked off last Saturday with the participation of four leading Vietnamese teams - VTV Binh Dien Long An, LienVietPostBank, Vietinbank and Tien Nong Thanh Hoa, and five international invitees of Malaysia, DPRK's 4.25 Sports Club, China's Fujian, Kazakhstan's Astana, and Japan's Tenri University.
The nine teams competed in a round robin format in two groups at group stage, with the top two teams from each group qualified for the semifinal round.
Group A comprises VTV Binh Dien Long An, Tien Nong Thanh Hoa, DPRK's 4.25 Sports Club, Malaysia and Japan's Tenri University. Group B is consisted of LienVietPostBank, Kazakhstan's Astana, China's Fujian and Vietinbank.