DAY 5 WRAP-UP
Manama, Bahrain, May 19, 2023 – Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds and Qatar’s Police Sports Team grew to become the one groups unbeaten within the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship, tipped to be the 2 strongest contenders whereas heading into the Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated semifinals at Isa Bin Rashid Halls.
The Sunbirds and Police each received their respective quarter-final swimming pools on Friday, with the previous subsequent taking over Shahdab Yazd of Iran in a mouth-watering ultimate 4 encounter and the latter dealing with Jakarta Bhayangkara Presisi of Indonesia within the do-or-die recreation. The mighty conflict between Suntory Sunbirds and Shahdab Yazd proves a semifinal rematch of the earlier version in Iran final yr. There, the Japanese outfits pulled off a 3-1 win towards the host aspect.
Both contests spotlight Saturday’s thrilling match at Isa Bin Rashid Halls. The day’s motion is scheduled to start from 11.30am native time and proceed till the evening, with the final fixtures set for 7:00 pm begins. Entrance is free to all video games.
The Suntory Sunbirds secured first place in quarter-final Pool E following their straight-set 27-25, 25-15, 25-18 win towards Jakarta Bhayangkara Presisi on Friday. Russian Dmitriy Muserskiy had a game-high 17 factors for the Japanese whereas Cuban Alain Junior de Armas chipped in with 15.
“This was a great victory,” mentioned de Armas. “We are doing an excellent job. I hope we maintain this up till the finals. We are in nice form however I feel that we will do higher and everyone seems to be giving their greatest on the courtroom.
“Whoever we face in the semi-finals is strong. But we have come to play and to win. We respect everyone, but we expect to win.”
Daudi Okello from Uganda scored 14 factors to tempo the Indonesians within the setback, whereas Farhan Halim completed with 9 markers.
“We lost today to a stronger team and a more composed team than us,” mentioned Okello. “We hope that tomorrow we play our recreation. We have to work on our serve and obtain, and even our blocking remains to be shaky.
“All of us in the semi-finals are good teams. We’ve fought so hard to be in the top four. It doesn’t matter who comes our way, we are ready to flex.”
Qatar’s Police received their Pool F fixture towards Shahdab Yazd in a five-set thriller that went almost two-and-a-half hours. The Qataris received the opening set however then conceded the following two, earlier than roaring again for a scintillating 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12) end result.
Croatian Petar Dirlic had 26 factors to steer Police, whereas Nikola Vasic added 17 and Youssef Oughlaf 12. For Shahdab, Amir Ghafour scored 18 and Meisam Salehi chipped in with 14.
Dirlic mentioned post-game: “Even although we’ve already certified for the semi-finals, we knew it was a very vital recreation for us and we wished to proceed our successful streak.
“We believe that whoever we have to play against in the semi-finals, we are the better team, and we’re trying to show this in each match.”
In Friday’s different quarter-final Pool E conflict, Korean Air Jumbos Pro-Volleyball Club defeated Mongolia’s Bayankhongor Crownd Geo VC 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19).
Jeong Hanyong scored 22 factors whereas Lee Jun added 14. For the Mongolians, Khangal Tamiraa was the highest scorer with 19 factors, whereas Bayarsaikhan Batsukh contributed 13 within the loss.
South Gas Sports Club of Iraq adopted go well with in Pool F with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-19) victory over Kuwait Sporting Club. Serbian Nikola Meljanac topscored with 18 factors, whereas Bulgarian Todor Skrimov completed with 15 for the Iraqis.
For Kuwait, Russian Roman Danilov had 16 factors and Iranian Saber Kazemi and Omar Abdulrahman Alenezi each completed with six.
Jumbos are set to tackle Kuwait, whereas Bayankhongor Crownd Geo VC face South Gas Sport Club on Saturday in fifth-to-eighth placement video games.
Bahrain’s Al-Ahli Club accomplished their classification Pool G marketing campaign with a powerful 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20) victory towards Thailand’s Diamond Food Fine Chef-Air Force.
Mohammed Anan impressed with a game-high 23 factors, whereas Mohammed Yaqoob added 16. Chaiwat Thungkham paced the Thais with 14 and Brazilian Evandro Dias de Souza contributed 13 markers.
The Bahrainis wrapped up this stage with the total 9 factors from three video games and are actually heading for the Ninth-to-Twelfth placement bracket of their ultimate two assignments of the championship.
There, they are going to be joined by Australia’s Canberra Heat, which defeated Khaypil Sports Club of Yemen 3-1 (25-18, 16-25, 25-16, 25-23) in Friday’s different Pool G affair. Matthew Aubrey scored 23 factors, whereas Trent O’Dea had 17. Gamal Khairalah completed with 26 factors for the Yemenis whereas Egyptian Essa Mohmed Elhossiny scored 15.
The Yemenis will contend for locations Thirteenth to Sixteenth, together with the Thais.
Also within the Ninth-to-Twelfth placement bracket are Atyrau VC of Kazakhstan and Taichung Bank from Chinese Taipei.
The Kazakhs defeated Taichung Bank 3-1 (35-33, 20-25, 25-20, 31-29) in a tightly-contested classification Pool H conflict on Friday evening. Zhaxsylyk Tleulin had 23 factors and Vitaliy Vorivodin chipped in with 23 within the victory.
Chang Yu-Sheng had a effective efficiency of 35 factors within the dropping effort, whereas Rayshon Jackman had 12. With the end result, the Kazakhs topped Pool H.
In the group’s different match on Friday, Kam Air of Afghanistan defeated Aspiring Volleyball Team from Hong Kong, China 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-12). Ghulam Rasool Hidari scored 15 factors, whereas Sayed Habib Yousufi had 12 for the Afghans. Lee Yin Chun was the highest scorer for Aspiring with 11, whereas Poon Chi Leung added 10 markers.
Despite their win, Kam Air are set to compete for Thirteenth by Sixteenth locations, together with Aspiring Volleyball Team.
11:30 – Fifth-Eighth: Korean Air Jumbos Pro-Volleyball Club (Korea) v Kuwait Sporting Club (Kuwait)
14:00 – Fifth-Eighth: Bayankhongor Crownd Geo VC (Mongolia) v South Gas Sports Club (Iraq)
16:30 – Semifinals: Suntory Sunbirds (Japan) v Shahdab Yazd (Iran)
19:00 – Semifinals: Jakarta Bhayangkara Presisi (Indonesia) v Police Sports Team (Qatar)
11:30 – Thirteenth-Sixteenth: Khaypil Sports Club (Yemen) v Kam Air (Afghanistan)
14:00 – Thirteenth-Sixteenth: Diamond Food Fine Chef-Air Force (Thailand) v Aspiring Volleyball Team (Hong Kong, China)
16:30 – Ninth-Twelfth: Al Ahli (Bahrain) vTaichung Bank (Chinese Taipei)
19:00 – Ninth-Twelfth: Canberra Heat (Australia) v Atyrau VC (Kazakhstan)
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