Vietnam volleyball team. (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam finished fifth at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in the Philippines on August 17.

The team beat Chinese Taipei 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 to settle for fifth place in the 14-team field.

At the previous edition in Tianjin, China two years ago, Vietnam also finished fifth.

Earlier, Vietnam scored an upset after defeating Kazakhstan, a leading Asian team.

Japanese coach Hidehiro Irisawa of Vietnam said his team were very glad to beat Chinese Taipei.

Vietnam now shift their focus to the Southeast Asian Games which will officially begin in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 19.-VNA