DAY 3 WRAP-UP
Manama, Bahrain, May 16, 2023 – The action-packed quarterfinal swimming pools are set for the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship in two halls of Issa Bin Rashid Gymnasium in Bahrain internet hosting this topflight eight-day competitors.
Top contenders Suntory Sunbirds from Japan, Korean Air Jumbos Pro-Volleyball Club, Shahdab Yazd of Iran and Police Sports Team of Qatar, all of whom had earlier secured their qualification to the following part previous to Tuesday’s play, have been joined within the elite eight by Indonesia’s Jakarta Bhayangkara Presisi, Kuwait Sporting Club, Bayankhongor Crownd Geo VC from Mongolia and South Gas Sports Club of Iraq.
Bahrain’s Al-Ahli Sport Club have been unceremoniously eradicated from additional title competition regardless of profitable their ultimate project of the preliminary spherical in opposition to Australia’s Canberra Heat.
Jakarta Bhayangkara sealed the hosts’ destiny with a surprising victory in opposition to the Korean Air Jumbos, which additionally earned the Indonesians first place in Pool A. Shahdab topped Pool B, the Sunbirds have been first in Pool C and Police led Pool D.
The Sunbirds and Bayankhongor are in quarterfinal Pool E together with Jakarta Bhayangkara and Jumbos, whereas Pool F options Shahdab, South Gas, Police and Kuwait Sporting Club.
The remaining eight sides are Diamond Food Fine Chef-Air Force of Thailand, Khaypil Sports Club of Yemen, Al-Ahli and Canberra Heat in Classification Pool G together with Taichung Bank of Chinese Taipei, Kam Air of Afghanistan, Atyrau VC of Kazakhstan and Aspiring Volleyball Team from Hong Kong, China in Classification Pool H.
Al-Ahli accomplished their preliminary spherical marketing campaign with a convincing 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) victory over their Aussie rivals. The Bahrainis have been in management from the opening serve and earned their second win of the match to go to 5 factors on the Pool A standings, but it surely was not sufficient to ship them by way of.
Brazilian Gabriel Candido scored 21 factors to spearhead the Al-Ahli trigger, whereas Mohammed Yaqoob had eight and Ali Alsairafi seven. Kevin Phang and Trent O’Dea completed with 9 factors apiece to tempo Canberra Heat of their third straight defeat.
In Jakarta Bhayangkara’s large win over Korean Jumbos in Tuesday’s different Pool A fixture, Farhan Halim placed on a formidable 24-point effort to assist elevate his membership in opposition to their closely favoured opponents. The Indonesians wanted a win to make sure their spot within the subsequent stage together with the Koreans, and so they delivered beautifully with a 3-1 (30-28, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21) end result.
Mohammadjav Manavinezhad added 21 and Ugandan Daudi Okello scored 17 for Jakarta Bhayangkara, whereas Im Donghyeok completed with 21 to tempo Korean Jumbos.
Jakarta Bhayangkara’s Chinese head coach Jiang Jie commented: “It was a very tough game. Korea are a very good team. We earned a good result and I am very happy that we are working very hard.”
Mongolia’s Bayankhongor secured a hard-earned berth within the quarterfinal swimming pools from Pool C following a surprising 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-15) sweep of Diamond Food of Thailand.
Bayankhongor got here away with the total three factors so as to add to the essential level they beforehand earned of their five-set loss to Yemen’s Khaypil Sports Club on Sunday. That was sufficient to place them by way of forward of the Thais, who completed with three factors from their lone victory and two straight-set losses.
Batsuuri Battur had a game-high 24 factors to spearhead the Mongolians, whereas teammate Bayarsaikhan Batsukh added 13.
Batsukh commented post-game: “Today’s match was very onerous however we ready very nicely final night time. After our match with Japan yesterday, we educated once more. We seemed on the Thai positions very nicely and that helped us.
“Today we were all fighting together and talking with each other, and that helped us understand each other well.”
Also in Pool C, Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds, runners-up from final 12 months’s match, accomplished a clear sweep of the preliminaries with a convincing 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) victory over Yemen’s Khaypil. For the second straight sport, the Japanese opted to relaxation some key gamers however have been nonetheless dominant.
Cuban Alain Junior de Armas, who was one of many key Sunbirds gamers to not play in Tuesday’s fixture, expressed encouragement in his crew’s robust displaying to this point in Bahrain.
“Today we finished the pool games and we had great victories,” he mentioned. “We expect to do the identical factor [in the next round] – play good and win each sport.
“After these three games, we know we are at a good level, but we did not expect these teams to be easy. We were expecting more of a battle, but we will see this later this week when we play some of the other favourites.”
Chinese ace Peng Shikun and Kenshin Kuwada had 10 factors apiece to tempo the Sunbirds. Russian star Dmitriy Muserskiy added 9 factors in his restricted time on the courtroom. The Egyptian pair of Amr Elawwad and Essa Elhossiny scored 10 factors apiece for Khaypil within the loss.
In Pool B, Iraq’s South Gas secured their elite eight standing after defeating Kam Air VC of Afghanistan 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-19). The Iraqis claimed their second win of this stage with one loss for six factors, and so they completed behind Shahdab on the group desk.
Russian Aleksandr Petrov and Bulgarian Todor Skrimov scored 15 factors apiece for the winners, whereas three gamers had 10 every for Kam Air, particularly Mohammed Wardak, Ghulam Rasool Hidari and Sayed Habib Yousufi.
Shahdab accomplished their three-game sweep of Pool B with a commanding 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-20) determination in opposition to Taichung Bank of Chinese Taipei.
Meisam Salehi scored 15 factors to guide the Iranians whereas Mohammad Sadeghi chipped in with 10 as Shahdab improved to a most 9 factors atop their group desk. Chang Yu-Sheng scored 9 to tempo Taichung, which suffered their second loss to complete on three factors.
In Pool D, Qatar’s Police beat Aspiring Volleyball Team of Hong Kong, China 3-0 (25-16, 25-6, 25-22).
Papemaguette Diagne scored 13 factors and Estonian Oliver Venno had 11 to guide the victors, who topped their group with 9 factors and an unbeaten file. Wai Lumg Lam was Aspiring’s high man with 11 markers.
Kuwait Sporting Club have been additionally victorious in opposition to Kazakhstan’s Atyrau, which put up some resistance in a 3-0 (30-28, 27-25, 25-21) end result.
Iranian Saber Kazemi had a scintillating 29 factors for the Kuwaitis, whereas Liu Libin from China added 15. Vitaliy Vorivodin scored 13 for the Kazakhs.
Wednesday, May 17 is a relaxation day for the groups and motion within the quarterfinals and classification for 9th-16th locations resume on Thursday.
POOL E: Suntory Sunbirds (Japan), Bayankhongor Crownd Geo VC (Mongolia), Jakarta Bhayangkara Presisi (Indonesia), Korean Air Jumbos Pro-Volleyball Club (Korea)
POOL F: Shahdab Yazd (Iran), South Gas Sports Club (Iraq), Police Sports Team (Qatar), Kuwait Sporting Club (Kuwait)
POOL G: Diamond Food Fine Chef-Air Force (Thailand), Khaypil Sports Club (Yemen), Al-Ahli (Bahrain), Canberra Heat (Australia)
POOL H: Taichung Bank (Chinese Taipei), Kam Air (Afghanistan), Atyrau VC (Kazakhstan), Aspiring Volleyball Team (Hong Kong, China)
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