Bahrain lost a hard-fought four-set thriller 26-28, 25-21, 27-25, 25-23 in their last 9th-16th playoffs match in Pool H at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Bahrain finished third in Pool H with 3 points from one win against 2 losses to Canada and Cuba and next play in the 13th-16th playoffs round, where they will be joined by fourth-place Cameroon, the team which withdrew ahead of the official kickoff of the tournament, and Egypt and Morocco, teams finishing third and fourth places in Pool G.
Andreu Flores Victor Ramon chipped in with 17 points, all from his powerful attacks, for Cuba, while Ebrahim Sayed Amin scored a match-high 23 points on Bahrain’s losing effort.
Christian Thondike, setter of Cuba, said: “We expected the match to be a bit easier, but Bahrain managed to put us in trouble mostly because of the high number of mistakes committed on our side. Still, we are happy about the final score and the win.”
Ismaeel Almansoori, middle blocker of Bahrain, said: “We gave our best in all the sets. I am sure that we have more potential. We made some small mistakes. When we cover them, we will play better.”
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