Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2022 – Qatar Premier League winners Al-Rayyan produced a magnificent come-from-behind 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-17) victory against Erbil Sport Club for the first win in their third Pool B clash at the 2022 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at Azadi Hall on Monday.
Erbil tried to gain the pride lost in straight sets to Taraz VC the previous day and the Iraqis made a confident start in their Monday’s encounter against Al-Rayyan. Their more determination paid its dividends earlier when the in-form Erbil surged away to win the close first set 25-21.
Going down 0-1, Al-Rayyan fought back hard in the second set and they were seemingly going through the motions, resisting the rival’s best efforts to take the comfortable set 25-14.
After that, Al-Rayyan, powered by hard-attacking Marcus Vinicius, gained a stranglehold over the third set as they excelled in attack to grab the set win 25-21 and stretch it to 2-1.
Erbil staged a determined comeback in the fourth set but still found Qatar’s overwhelming dominance too good at the final stretch to go down 17-25. Al-Rayyan claimed their first victory in this Championship, while Iraq’s side remained lackluster with three straight losses.
Al-Rayyan’s Marcus Vinicius said, “I’m happy about today’s game and It is always pleasing to win before the quarterfinals. We will do our best in the next matches.”
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