Bangkok, Thailand, November 19, 2022 – Beleaguered Lebanon put it past Syria 3-2 for three on the trot in the 1st West Asia Women’s Volleyball Championship, as Saudi Arabia and Qatar stole the show on Friday to capture their very first wins in the 10-day championship in Jordan’s capital city Amman.
On a day when hosts Jordan had a rest day after three wins in comfortable outings, Lebanon also continued their winning streak on Friday. However, the Lebanese side struggled hard this time to beat Syria in closely-contested five sets 25-20, 24-26, 26-24, 24-26,15-13. On Saturday, the last day of the pool round-robin preliminaries, they will take on Saudi Arabia in Pool A.
Saudi Arabia, which succumbed to two straight losses at the hands of Iraq and Syria in their first two matches in Pool A, captured their first win in Amman after pulling off a dramatic 3-1 (25-11, 25-14, 14-25, 22-25, 25-11) win against Palestine.
In Pool B, Qatar, which went down 0-3 to the United Arab Emirates and another 0-3 letdown to Kuwait in their first two encounters, finally broke their jinx. The Qatari team proved steadier in their Friday’s clash against Oman to beat the winless rivals 26-24, 25-20, 25-16 to taste their first victory in the championship.
The other Pool B encounter saw the UAE and Kuwait lock horns in a hard-fought battle, with the former narrowly edging the latter 25-22, 26-24, 22-25, 17-25, 16-14 to improve their win-loss ratio to 2-1.
On Saturday, the last day of the pool plays, Lebanon take on Saudi Arabia and Iraq challenge Syria in Pool A, while Pool B encounters see the UAE play Oman and hosts Jordan go up against Kuwait.
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