Champs stunned by Long An at nationals (27-03-2007) HA NOI — Defending champions Trang An Ninh Binh surprised spectators by losing to Hoang Long-Long An 3-2 in the first round of the National Team Volleyball Championships at the Vinh Phuc Gymnasium on Sunday. Long An, newly premier league promoted, lost the first set 23-25 but won the next two 25-21 and 25-22. Ninh Binh rallied in the fourth to 25-21 but lost the decisive fifth set 15-12. In the other men’s matches, Sao Vang Bien Phong beat Army Corps 4 in three sets 25-23, 25-22, 25-22. In the women’s competition, Quang Ninh, for which Thailand’s Onuma Sittirak plays, lost to Bai Bang Paper Mill 0-3. Defending champions Military Signal Corps Command beat Vinh Long Television 3-2, while Bai Bang Paper Mill were again victorious this time beating HCM City-based Tan Binh 1-3. At the Yen Bai Province Gymnasium, newly-promoted Ben Tre Post Office defeated HCM City’s Thanh Cong Textile 3-2 in a well-fought game. Although HCM City Police gave a spirited performance they lost to Bien Hoa 0-3 (24-26, 23-25, 19-25), while tournament favourites The Cong beat Ha Noi Post Office 3-1. In the women’s competition, National All-Star Women’s Volleyball Championship title-holders Vital Petechim Thai Binh trounced Ha Noi Post Office 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-7). Binh Dien Long An beat Hai Duong 3-1, while Song Ma Thanh Hoa beat Ha Tu Coal 3-1. In the following match, Ha Noi Post Office lost to Hai Duong 1-3 (25-21, 19-25, 20-25, 20-25)….