Bangkok, Thailand, October 16, 2020 – Al-Gharafah and Qatar have captured the top spots in respective Group A and Group B in the 42nd edition of His Highness Amir Cup for the 2019-2020 season from October 8 to 30, Qatar Volleyball Association said in its news release on volleyball.qa on Tuesday.
Al-Gharafah came from behind to beat Al-Wakrah in a hard-fought five-set victory 23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 28-26, 15-11 during the meeting that brought the two teams together Tuesday evening in the QVA Hall at the end of the preliminary round.
With this victory, Al-Gharafah led Group A with a total of 5 points including the first three points achieved in their first match against Al-Shamal in straight sets 25-12, 25-18, 25-11.
Al-Wakrah came in second place with 4 points in Group A including 3 points from a straight-set 25-15 25-11 25-10 win against Al-Shamal last Saturday.
In the quarter-finals, Group A winners Al-Gharafah will challenge League runners-up Al-Arabi, while Group A second place Al-Wakrah will take on League third place Al-Rayyan.
Meanwhile, Qatar had a tough encounter against Al-Khor to beat the strong rivals in hard-fought three-setter 27-25 26-24 25-22 in Group B.
Following the victory, Qatar, which first beat Al-Sadd 25-20, 25-22, 27-25, remain at the top of Group B with 6 points from two straight matches without losing a set.
Al-Khor came in second place in the Group with 3 points as they first pulled off a dramatic 3-1 (25-22, 17- 25, 25-15, 25-23) win against Al-Sadd last Friday.
Group B winners Qatar will play League fourth place Al-Ahli in the quarter-finals, while Group B runners-up Al-Khor will take on League champions Police.
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