By Maryam Hessaby
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, October 12, 2021 – In-form Burevestnik Almaty demolished Kazma Sport Club in convincing straight sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-22 to top Pool A and secure semifinal berth in the 2021 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at Terminal 21 Hall on Tuesday.
Kazakhstan’s Burevestnik Almaty entered the court confidently on Tuesday following their successive straight-set victory in the last two matches against CEB Sports Club and hosts Nakhon Ratchasima. After the scintillating win against Kuwait’s Kazma Sport Club, Burevestnik Almaty topped the Pool A leader charge with 10 points from 3 wins against one loss, allowing no rivals in their pool to match their superb performance.
In the same Pool A, South Gas Club from Iraq earlier ended their pool plays the previous day to have 7 points from similar 3 wins against one loss, while Nakhon Ratchasima had 5 points from 2 wins against one loss and are due to take on CEB Sports Club later on Tuesday.
Both Burevestnik Almaty and Kazma Sport Club were determined to advance to the semifinals as they started the match with great confidence. The Kazakhs took better steps by capitalizing on the service faults of the Kuwaitis and brushed them off mightily in all three sets.
Finishing the preliminary round 3-1 overall, the Kazakh side advanced to the semifinals as the top of Pool A and will next test their mettle against the second place of Pool B in the Thursday’s cross semi-finals.
In this match, veteran Vitaliy Vorivodin scored a match-high 15 points for Burevestnik Almaty, while Abdulrahman Almutawa topsored with 15 points for Kazma Sport Club.
Sergey Rezanov, one of the Burevestnik Almaty’s key players, said after the match, “We knew how important this match is for us. I am happy that we won and made it to the semifinalists. We lost to South Gas Club 2-3 but won all the other matches in straight sets.”
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