Bangkok, Thailand, April 8, 2021 – Al-Rayyan rallied from a set down to stun title-holders Al-Arabi 3-2 in the thrilling final to underline their supremacy over the Qatar’s Amir Cup at the Qatar Volleyball Association Hall on Wednesday.
Qatar Olympic Committee’s (QOC) First Vice-President Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al Thani presided over the awards ceremony and presented the prestigious Cup to the eventual winners Al-Rayyan. Also in attendance were Qatar Volleyball Association President Ali bin Ghanem Al Kuwari and other officials.
Against powerhouses Al-Arabi, which also captured the 2019-2020 Qatar Cup and the 2019-2020 3rd Qatar Men’s Championship, Al-Rayyan recovered from the hotly-contested first set down 27-29 to take the next two sets 25-18, 28-26 before going down in the fourth set 23-25. In the decider, Al-Rayyan remained in dominant form to win the close battle 15-11.
Abo Naboot Belal Nabil performed brilliantly to score a match-high 25 points for Al-Rayyan, while Costa Marcus Vinicius and Boyer added 20 and 15 points respectively.
Al-Arabi’s Ribeiro Renan scored 24 points in a losing effort, with Ibrahim Ibrahim Moha adding 17 points.
Al-Rayyan had made it to the final with a dominant 2-0 triumph over Al-Ahli in the best-of-three semi-finals, while Al-Arabi reached the final after overcoming League champions Police SC in a similar manner.
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