SUNTORY SUNBIRDS FACE NO ISSUES IN SHUTTING OUT SOUTH GAS IN STRAIGHT SETS

SUNTORY SUNBIRDS FACE NO ISSUES IN SHUTTING OUT SOUTH GAS IN STRAIGHT SETS

Tehran, Iran, May 16, 2022 – Suntory Sunbirds notched their second victory in the 2022 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship after demolishing South Gas Sports Club of Iraq in thrilling three-setter 25-17, 25-23, 25-21 at Azadi Hall on Monday.

After 1-3 loss in their second Pool A clash to hosts Peykan the previous day, Suntory Sunbirds of Japan came back much stronger in this match against South Gas Sports Club.

Suntory Sunbirds, champions in the Japan V League, were working as a well-oiled machine on Monday, penetrating the rivals’ defence with their aggressive attacks and solid blocks to claim the first two sets 25-17, 25-23.

South Gas Sports Club hit back bravely to revive their fortunes in the third set, but the Japanese defence proved impeccable, allowing the rivals scoring difficulties. With the wind in their sails, Suntory Sunbirds were superior in every department to eventually capture the set 25-21 for a sensational 3-0 win.

Russian Dimitriy Muserskiy and Chinese Shikun Peng led Suntory Sunbirds with 17 and 10 points respectively, while Russian Aleksei Karpenko scored a game-high 15 points on South Gas’s losing effort.

“We started the game well and tried to reduce our mistakes. We try to stay more concentrated, which led to our team’s winning today. I can say that I am proud to play against famous players in this event. I can also be proud of our players that they are showing high quality in their performance against these players,” said Suntory Sunbirds’ captain Masakai Oya.

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