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Sri Lanka outperform Oman

Sri Lanka will battle it out with Kuwait in the 13th-14th place playoff in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship after they pulled off a 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 25-14) win over Oman on Thursday.

Pakistan narrowly beat Bahrain in gruelling five sets

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – Pakistan struggled to beat Bahrain 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 27-25, 15-25, 15-9) to next set up a clash for ninth place against Kazakhstan, as Bahrain are due to take on India in the 11th-12th playoff in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.

Pakistan’s captain, Naseer Ahmed: “It was a good match. We have lost our concentration in the first set. We got better little by little. Our team is physically exhausted which importantly affected our potential. We have to next fight against Kazakhstan. We will try our best to win the match.”

Bahrain’s coach, Jorge Elgueta: “My players learned a volleyball lesson. Except the first set, which we played quite well, the other sets were far from impressive. They lost because they did not follow the game plan.”

Turkmenistan unable to break their jinx

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – Turkmenistan recorded six losses in a row in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Championship, going down 1-3 loss 25-23, 20-25, 19-25, 25-27 to Kuwait.

Head coach of Kuwait, Radovan Malevic: “My players were mentally and physically exhausted. The difficulty of the match was not because of the strength of our rival but the great tiredness of my players after five games. I am very happy with this win and also very pleased with my young players. Our match next day will be very difficult. The other side will definitely fight for the victory, which makes our job hard. But I have good faith in my players and hope to show our best performance on Friday.”

Kuwait’s captain, Abdullah Mansour: “We made a lot of errors in the first set, but took control in the second one and managed to close the game. Technically, we had a lot of problems in this game.”

On Iran’s hosting: “Iran is a beautiful country. The arena is standard and the hotel is great. Everybody tries to make us pleased and I’m so happy with this and appreciate the Iranian people and volleyball federation.”

Japan stun Korea to advance to the semi-finals

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – Japan struggled hard to stun world No.16 Korea, silver medallists at the previous Asian meet two years ago in Dubai, the UAE, in thrilling hard-fought five sets 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 15-25, 15-13.

Coach of Japan, Nambu Musashi: “We just target the semi-final match and therefore, we played Korea as if they could not stop us. This was one of the reasons how we won the match. Overall, we played well. We lost the third and fourth sets but regained our form to lead in the fifth set. Korea didn’t field a couple of key players due to injuries and were physically tired. This led us to the victory. I’m so happy.”

Captain of Japan, Shimizu Kunihiro, “We just came for the victory. Korea was also good but we managed to take control of the game in the fifth set and I am very happy with this victory.”

Head coach of Korea, Moon Yonhkwan, “Some of our injured players affected the inspiration of my team. It was one of the reasons behind our loss. To be mentally in good shape is an important fact in performance. Before this tournament we had a lot of injured players and during the game, we lost some players too.”

Captain of Korea, Kwon Youngmin, “It was one of our most difficult games during this championship. We tried our best but couldn’t make it. We were perfect in our previous match against Iran but it was not our day today.”

Qatar outclass Chinese Taipei to book semi-final berth

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – Qatar defeated Chinese Taipei in dramatic four sets 25-20, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 to go up against Japan in the semi-final encounter of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday.

Juan Cichello’s Qatar had already beaten Australia, Turkmenistan, India, and Japan and suffered one loss to China. In the previous edition in Dubai, the UAE two years ago, Qatar finished a distant 11th place. The best performance of the Qataris was in 2005 when they finished seventh. Following the win over Chinese Taipei, Qatar will next take on Japan in the Friday’s semi-finals, while Chinese Taipei were relegated to the 5th-8th classification and will first challenge Korea.

Chinese Taipei’s coach, Ke-Chou Chen: “In the first and second sets, we were not good in receiving, while our defence in the fourth set was still a far cry from our previous matches. Congratulations to Qatar. I hope my team will win our next match on Friday.”

Chinese Taipei’s captain, Chien-Chen Chen: “Our reception is not good. We performed below-standard. We did not play well in blocking. I’m so sorry for my team’s failure. I hope that my team will perform better in the remaining matches.”

Qatar’s coach, Juan Cichello: “We are thinking of the final match. We are going to have a tough job against Japan. Chinese Taipei were good on blocking and attacking. We put them under pressure in the first two sets and won both sets without much trouble, but my players took the third set easily and lost the set. The level of tension was high for both teams and we just lost our touch.”

On employing players from different nationalities: It is not in contrast with the FIVB’s rules and we can have players from different parts of the world. It also happens in the other teams. Qatar is a country with small population. Eighty per cent of the people are coming from other countries but they are Qataris and they can serve the country.”

Qatar’s captain, Ibrahim Ibrahim: “It was a good match and Chinese Taipei players did their best to the last moment. We played with confidence in the first and second sets but took the third set so easily which made us lose the set. We came back in the fourth set to win the set and the match. (on play against Japan) Japan is a strong team and a daunting task awaits us in our match against the Japanese. We have defeated them once, so they are going to play with us with more inspiration. We just need to think of the final match and fight till we win.

Australia unable to stop Iranian onslaughts

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – A fired-up Iran joined Japan, Qatar and China to the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship following their exceptional 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-18, 25-20) victory over Australia. In quest for the successive three titles on home soil, Iran set up a clash of the Titans against China, the only team yet losing a match in the top-flight competition, in the Friday’s do-to-die semi-finals. Australia were relegated to the 5th-8th playoff and are due to first take on Thailand.

Coach of Australia, Roberto Santilli: “Congratulations to Iran. They played better than us and this was evident. We are disappointed. Actually, we focussed on the final and tried to win this match, but our challenge was ended just in the quarter-finals. Of course, we cannot be happy with our performance and outcome in this match. Now, we have to fight for the fifth place. I think we should have accomplished something better.”

Captain of Australia, Thomas Edgar: “We came here with the goal of winning this championship, but in reality, we did not play well. I would like to give Iran the thumbs up. They came out playing well in front of their fans. I’m disappointed with myself and this result.”

Captain of Iran, Hamzeh Zarini: “I think, it was a difficult game. We started the first set very well when Australia made a lot of unforced errors. However, I think Edgar guided his team very well and appeared as a major force. We tried to keep the Australian tactics under our control. We played with consistency and concentration and eventually managed to accomplish our goal at the end.”

Coach of Iran, Peyman Akbari: “It was a very tough match. Although the Australians say they are disappointed, it was actually a difficult game for us as the Australians have the experience of playing in the World League, World Cup, World Championship and even the Olympic Games. As I said, after the match against Korea and the fact that we surrendered to our own errors, we played consistently in this match. In terms of the errors, I don’t really mean the players’ errors only. I myself may produced some errors. However, the fact is when we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. It’s interesting that Australia was better than us in blocking but we frustrated their attacking and  sought opportunities in counter-attacking. We tried to reduce our individual errors and they have gradually been decreasing. I think, we played well and our attacks were on the right track.”

China, the only unbeaten team, storm into semi-finals

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – World No.17 China, bronze medallists at the previous edition and the only team yet losing a match to their respective rivals, put it past fighting Thailand in hard-fought three sets 25-20, 27-25, 30-28 to cruise their ways to the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.

Thailand’s coach, Monchai Supajirakul: “I think China already had one foot in the final. I don’t think there will be any tougher team than China in this championship. The Chinese deserve to be in the final match. I should congratulate them. My players made a lot of unforced mistakes at the beginning which they couldn’t come back easily. That’s what counts.”

Captain of Thailand, Kittikun Sri-Utthawong: “It was a good match and we enjoyed it. We had only one day to rest and recover from exhaustion and fatigue from playing continuing tough matches. So, we couldn’t regain our true form. I think, it was the reason for our loss.”

China’s coach, Guochen Xie: “As you know, it was an important game because any team could be eliminated just by one mistake. This makes the job very difficult for our young players. (about next match) No matter what teams we are playing in the semi-finals, we have to do our best. To play Iran or Australia is not different. Both of them are strong. We only focus on our game.”

China’s captain, Shuai Jiao: “It was an important game for us as I feel like we were playing in the final. In order to be among the top four teams, we badly needed to be the winner of the match. However, we still had a lot of mistakes during the game against Thailand with ups and downs. I hope my team will come up with a better form in the semi-finals on Friday.”

Kazakhstan brush off India in dramatic four sets

Tehran, Iran, August 6, 2015 – Kazakhstan proved a cut above India to brush off the spirited rivals in dramatic four sets 25-15, 26-24, 30-32, 25-21

 Kazakhstan’s coach, Patrokov Andrey: “I hope the injury of our setter won’t cause a major problem to our team in our crucial match on Friday. I’m worried about our next match because one of my best players is suffering from wrist pain which can give us trouble. It was a tough game but it was our best performance so far in this tournament.

(About hosting of Iran) I appreciate the Iran’s hosting. It is just impressive. I have been travelling to Iran many times and we have always been served with the best.  This time it was the best of all and the teams had no problems at all. Thanks so much.”

Kazakhstan’s captain, Alexander Stolnikov: “It was a difficult match. My teammates played really well and I would like to thank them for kind coop ration and coordination. We have a young team and most of our players are gaining exposure and experience in this tournament just for  the first time. We can overcome the problems by gaining some experiences.

India’s coach, Venkatesan: “We weren’t good at all today. I can’t accuse my players on this because we had difficult games in these days and they are physically exhausted. Our best player was also injured and couldn’t help the team.”

Oman wear out in tough match against Kuwait

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Oman were lack lustrous in the match against Kuwait after going down in hotly-contested encounter 1-3 (22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 23-25) in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship on Tuesday.

Oman’s coach, AL Shizawi: “This is all our potential. I shouldn’t expect much from my players. My players were lucky in the second set and won it. It means if we participate in more tournaments, we will get better in our forms.

Oman Captain, Al Hamdani: “I can’t say it was a bad game because we played well in the second set. Our team don’t have much experience and they our are young. I hope to form a better team in future.”

Statistic : P-2 for match 33_ KUW-OMA

Kazakhstan outperform Pakistan to ride crest of confidence

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Kazakhstan handed Pakistan a bitter loss 3-2 (21-26, 25-20, 18-25, 25-18, 15-12) to top Pool G in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship on Tuesday.

Kazakhstan’s coach, Patrokov Andrey: “It was a good match. We had more chances of winning, then we took them for granted. My players are so tired. They had so tough matches recently. I am so satisfied with them as they were very good in this match against Pakistan. We have to recover physically to make a good performance in the quarter-finals among the low-ranked teams.

Kazakhstan’s captain, Alexander Stolnikov: “I would like to take a rest. We are so exhausted and we badly it. The referees were not good at this match. it seems they were biased and would like Pakistan to win.

Regarding the host country: Iran is a good country. I am happy for being here. They are very kind and bear simile each moment we encounter. The accommodation and the hotel is also great. Overall, the hosting was really excellent.

Pakistan’s captain, Naseer Ahmed: “We were so unlucky in this match. The players are all tired. We went through five sets in most of our matches. This put a lot of pressure on us. I hope, we can get better in our quarter-finals.”

Statistic : P-2 for match 34_ KAZ-PAK

 Good win over Turkmenistan gives Sri Lanka great experience 

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Sri Lanka caused a sensation when they produced a great win over underdogs Turkmenistan in four sets 25-19, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18), giving the Lankans more determination to win more wins in matches to come.

Statistic : P-2 for match 35_ TKM-SRI

Chinese Taipei breeze past Thailand 

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Chinese Taipei upset Thailand in straight set 25-22, 25-20, 25-22 to claim crucial three points in their last match of the last eight teams Pool E encounter in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship on Tuesday.

Thailand’s coach, Monchai Supajirakul: “My players are very exhausted since we had to play five sets for several matches. This is a main reason why they got tired easily. Chinese Taipei performed a good volleyball and we could not keep up the pace with them.

Captain of Thailand, Kittikun Sri-Utthawong: “We were slow. The tournament is very intensive and we ran out of energy.”

Chinese Taipei’s coach, Ke-Chou Chen: “We finally successfully beat Thailand. We haven’t beaten them before. Thailand is a good team but we were better today to win the match. We have to try our best in the next match against our rival.”

Chinese Taipei’s captain, Chien-Chen Chen: “We were great today and will get better in more matches to come. Thailand was better in front of Korea but today they couldn’t make it to show the real power because they were exhausted.”

Statistic : P-2 for match 37_ TPE-THA

China needs five sets to end Qatar’s challenge

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Qatar could not stop Chinese onslaughts as China produced a magnificent come-from-behind five-set thriller 17-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19, 15-10. Claiming nine points from straight three wins has carried China to the top of Pool F to next take on Thailand in the knock-out quarter-finals of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.

China’s coach, Guochen Xie: “We have managed to overcome Qatar by our team confidence. The competition was incredibly hard! The Qataris have very good defense. However, with high spirits and confidence, my players were able to defeat the opposing team. I hope that we can keep this spirit in future competitions.

On match against Thailand in the quarter-finals: They are a good team, but the players are very young and it is their first participation in this competition. I can’t make any guess about the teams in the final. There are eight powerful teams and I can’t even predict the four teams in the quarter-finals. Iran is a good team and the host. They can be considered as one side of the final match.

Qatar’s coach, Juan Cichello: “China was better than us and deserved the victory. Congratulations to China. They played great volleyball. In the previous match against the Chinese team in the other tournament, we had lost 1-3, but in this game we had a set of progress and the result was 2-3. I hope my team will defeat them in our next match.

Cichello, the former coach of Iran’s national volleyball team in reply to which teams have the chance to qualify for the final, said: “I cannot guess. Predicting the finalist teams is really hard. I only know that it will be interesting for the fans to watch the final matches.

Qatar’s captain, Ibrahim Ibrahim: “China is a good team. We have very good players, but the Chinese fought back to match us point by point. Our next match against Chinese Taipei is so important for us. It is like the final game. We will play like every time we played them and will leave the court as the winner.

On the decision of the referee to show the red card to the Qatari player: “We did not understand what happened exactly. It was just a misunderstanding. Our player threw the chewing gum away and the referee thought it was because of anger. He did not know we were only fighting on the court, not off the ground.”

Statistic : P-2 for match 40_ QAT-CHN

Korea stun title-holders Iran on their home soil

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Korea caused a major sensation on Tuesday when they came back to beat hosts and reigning successive two-time champions Iran 3-1 17-25, 28-26, 25-20, 25-23 to top Pool E and next will face Japan in the quarter-finals of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.

Korea’s coach, Yonhkwan Moon: “Iran is good at services but we were successful controlling them. Iran is very strong and we are pleased that we were able to beat this team no matter what team they fielded in the championship. The point of victory in this match was a strong spirit of cooperation and coordination among my players.

Korea’s captain, Youngmin Kwon: “We were playing against the top team of Asia. They were great at serves but we were better in defence and managed to control them. I hope to go on with the same pace with the other teams in our next matches.

Coach of Iran, Peyman Akbari: “I can’t say I am happy with this loss, but it was good. It is good that at this stage we learned that we must fight to the last moment. Congratulations to the Korean team and the coach. We lost the second, third and fourth sets due to the individual errors of our players. My players were good at targeted serves but the Korean players were receiving these serves just well. We were 2 or 3 percent down in attacking than Korea. We made little mistakes but the number of individual errors doubled. Even outside the ground at some points, we were making wrong decisions. My players do not have much experience but the Korean team played in the World League this year. Only two of my players have the experience of playing in the World League. As captain of the Korean national team said they come to play against the Asian champions and had nothing to lose. This made them play with less stress. I consider this loss on time. I would not say I am happy but it was good to learn a lot. If it happens in the next round, we will not have any chance of getting back to the competition. The coach and team of Korea tried to display a mental fight during the match which put our team under pressure.

On the match against Australia on Thursday: “The only action I would take is to change the mood of my players. I know the weaknesses and strength of the Australian team. All balls are delivered to their number six, Captain Thomas Edgar. He is the one who does the most attack in the Australian team. By targeted serves, we are going to stop him. So I think we will be in a better form in front of them.

Captain of Iran, Hamzeh Zarrini: It was a beautiful match and we saw special technics in the Korean team. We made a lot of individual errors in this match but will do certainly better in our next match. Victory in the last games made us think this game was easy too. I believe this loss happened at the right time to make players take it more seriously. I assure you we will be among the top four teams.

Statistic : Daily Bulletin No.5

Bahrain beat India to top Pool H

 Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Bahrain topped Pool H after defeating India

in hard-fought five-set thriller 25-17, 15-25, 14-25, 25-22, 16-14 to line up against Pakistan,

the second in Pool G while India as the second in Pool H will face Kazakhstan on Thursday after a day rest.

Bahrain’s captain, Jasim Alnabhan: “The level of referring is rather low in the world and

it is particularly attributable to this championship. The referees did their good job in this match.

It happens in all the matches that there are some instances that the referees are not sure of their final decision.

We are also very tired and we need a rest day. Ages are taking their tolls in some of my players

and are unable to bear such high intensive matches. We are here to give young players experience to get mature.

Bahrain’s coach, Jorge Elgueta: “We were good at the first set. My players underestimated the opponents

in the next two sets. Their performance crumbled gradually after that. This is why we lost with a wide margin.

We did not have much information from India which troubled us. From the next matches,

we will try to achieve some more information to get to the court. India played so aggressively.

Australia pull off stunning 3-1 victory over Japan

Tehran, Iran, August 4, 2015 – Australia captured their first victory in the last eight teamsPool F

clash in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship, coming from the first-set down to stun Japan

in dramatic four sets 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21.

Australia finished third in Pool F with one step above Japan, who dropped to the fourth place with a single point.

Australia’s coach, Roberto Santilli: “It has never been easy to play Japan.

They play technically at a high level. However, I am much more pleased with my team than the previous day.

We had all our players in the team and Edgar was also with us, so we won the game.

Iran will go to the next round as the top team. Iran is more likely to win the game against Korea

and head for the quarter final.

On the match against Iran or Korea on Thursday: On Thursday we will get into the most important part of these competition.

Whatever happens, we have to do our best to be among the top four teams. Going to the next round is more important for us

and it’s not of any difference what team to play against but I think Iran has more chance to win the game.

Australia’s captain, Thomas Edgar: “It was an important match for us. We need to come out with victory.

We had a hard time playing Japan regarding the blocks and receptions.

On his absence against China: I played in the first set but lost my spirit. I couldn’t lead the team

and they could get better results without me, so I didn’t go on. This is nothing to do with the injuries or the coach.

I gave up as I found myself ineffective.

Japan’s coach, Masashi Nambu: “We need to improve our reception. I found my players’ problems in receiving

and should train more on it. We had a good performance in the first set but Australia’s No. 6 gave us much pressure with his serves.

We will try our best to win the game on Thursday.

Japan’s captain, Kunihiro Shimizu: “Australia played very well. If we were better in reception and blocks, we had the chance of defeating the Australians.”

Statistic : P-2 for match 39_ AUS-JPN

Bahrain pull off impressive win over Turkmenistan

 Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Bahrain overcame Turkmenistan in thrilling straight sets 29-27, 25-17, 25-22 to next take on India.

Turkmenistan’s coach Serdar Tachnazarov: “Our goal is a successful appearance in the next championship.

We prepared our young players in this tournament for a better outcome in the next edition. In this match, we started the first set very well but surrendered to

the referees’ wrong decisions. Four of our players are injured. We have a young team.”

Turkmenistan’s captain Gurbanmuhammet Gylychdurdyyev: “We expected to play better today but we were so tired because of the tough match the previous day. We will try to go for victory in the upcoming matches.”

Bahrain’s coach Gorge Elgueta: “My players made ridiculous mistakes in this match. We did not play well good and I am not happy with that. My team is supposed to be better than this. I hope to see a better situation in the next matches aside from getting good results and playing more beautifully.”

Bahrain’s captain Jasim Alnabhan: “It was one of our toughest matches in this tournament. Our game against Japan was much easier than this match against Turkmenistan. We didn’t have any information about them, but thanks God that we won the game.”

China produce hard-fought three-set thriller against Australia

Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – A fired-up China overpowered  world No.13 Australia in thrilling three sets 25-23, 25-21, 26-24 to continue their remarkable unbeaten records.

China’s Coach, Guochen Xie: “We played with high concentration and won the match as a result. Australia is a very good team. I hope to be able to keep up this style.”

China’s captain, Shuai Jiao: “Both teams played at a high level but we were better.”

Australia’s coach, Roberto Santilli: “Congratulation to China for this win. I’m not satisfied with my team at all. I am very angry with the attitude my players kept via the match.“

Determined India brush off Sri Lanka in straight sets

Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – India claimed the first three points in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship after defeating Sri Lanka in straight set 25-17, 25-22, 25-17.

Sri Lanka’s coach, Wendakoon: “My players let me down. Before the match I didn’t expect to play like this. We just spiked, but all our attempts were in vain. We will next try to get the best result against Turkmenistan.”

Sri Lanka’s captain, S.A.J Surath: “Unfortunately, we could not break our jinx in this match. We tried in different ways to score but our efforts did not work out well. I think we are stronger playing Turkmenistan.”

India’s coach, Venkatesan: “Getting six points in this round is the only thing that could make us happy. It was a beautiful match. Today we proved our power in serves and reception and our young players have shown a remarkable progress each day. Bahrain is a good team but we want to get six points from this games to make sure we can rank the ninth place.”

India’s captain, Praba Garan: “Sri Lanka is a good team but we performed better. We fell behind at the middle of the sets and tried to get to the lead by targeting their weak points.”

Pakistan beat Kuwait in tie-breaker

Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Pakistan struggled hard to beat Kuwait in a hard-fought five-set thriller 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 15-10 in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship on Monday.

Kuwait’s coach, Radovan Malevic: “We are here to practise and to get prepared for the future matches in order that we can learn from this tournament. I expected this result before. Our next match would be even easier. We focussed on the weak points in Oman and would try our best to win the match.

Kuwait’s captain, Abdullah Mansour: “I am very happy for the win. This is the first point we received from Pakistan. In the beginning, we lost the right track of the match. Gradually, we turned back to the match. I think the match against Oman would be even easier for us.

Pakistan’s coach, Hassan Mazhar: “My players shone through their self-confidence in the matches. This is why in the fifth set, they implanted what they have learnt before. Before the match, I predicted a different show-up from Kuwait. They came up in full force. Kazakhstan is one of our serious rivals. I think, we are going to have a spectacular match on Tuesday.

In-form Korea continue winning streak

Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Korea got their campaign in the last eight teams of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship off to a winning start by thrashing Chinese Taipei in comfortable straight sets 25-15 25-20 25-17.

World No.16 Korea, which finished runners-up to eventual winners Iran in the previous edition in Dubai, UAE two years ago, now have 5 points from two wins in Pool E including two points in the 3-2 win over Thailand. The formidable Koreans on Tuesday go up against Iran, while Chinese Taipei, which remain empty-handed following straight two losses to Iran and Korea, are due to take on Thailand.

Korean coach, Yonhkwon Moon: “Without stress, we played great. Today, my team played without any stress and showed their full capability. Focusing on attack and block will let us play this match with less errors. Our next priority was digging in order to provide the attackers with more opportunities.”

Korean Captain, Youngmin Kwon:“We are in good shape physically but were a bit down in front of Chinese Taipei. I’m very happy with the game today. It was one of our best shows.”

Chinese Taipei’s coach, Ke-Chou Chen: “Good for Korea! My players were so tired and were not anymore effective. We need to push too hard in our exercises to be able to keep pace with other teams till the end of the championship.”

On the hosting of Iran: “The Iranians are so kind and were very friendly and nice to us. The court features a high quality as well.”

Chinese Taipei’s captain, Chien-Chen Chen: “Our match against Iran the previous day had influenced the way we played today. The players were not in good mood which affected our performance. (about the referees) Although there is no Video Challenge System, the referees are doing really well. I don’t see any teams complaining about the referees.”

Kazakhstan down Oman for second win in Asian Senior Men’s Championship

Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Kazakhstan, which beat Kuwait in their pool round-robin preliminaries earlier, proved a cut above Oman to beat the rivals in four sets 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17. In their 9th-16th classification round in Pool G, Kazakhstan will next take on Pakistan, with Oman pitted against Kuwait.

Kazakhstan’s coach, Andrey Patrokov: “My players were tired. I have only six of my fixed players who are tired after three matches in a row. I’m not happy with the result. We could do better. My substitute players are so young and I have played with six players in all matches. I hope this exhaustion won’t cause any problem to us tomorrow.”

On the hosting of Iran: “Iran always provide a really good situation for the guests and is as well the same in this tournament too.”

Kazakhstan’s captain, Alexander Stolnikov: “We were just good today but I’m not satisfying. We are losing steam fast and need to get back to our good condition the day after Wednesday when we will have a day off for rest.”

Oman’s coach, Al Shizawi: “I haven’t yet taken control of team in these competitions. We were a bit better today but I’m still not happy with my team and haven’t seen the real Oman. I hope my players will have much better performance tomorrow.”

Oman’s captain, Al Hamdani: “It was not a good game but we managed to win a set. Maybe we are going to overcome Kuwait tomorrow but it is difficult to predict the result.”

Qatar record historic win against Japan

Tehran, Iran, August 3, 2015 – Indomitable Qatar earned an epic 3-2 (25-19, 25-23, 15-25, 19-25, 17-15) victory over well-established Japan. Japan will next be pitted against Australia on Tuesday, with Qatar setting up a tough clash against China.

Qatar’s coach, Juan Cichello: “It is a historic moment to beat Japan as they are one of the strongest teams in Asia. I think both teams showed a perfect volleyball today. The last set was very close and the scoreboard looked exciting with leads changing hands for several times. Our first and foremost goal is to move up to the quarter-finals. The limit is always out there for my team. The attempt is made to win the matches. My early focus is on China for the time being. I need my team to win though it is not an easy job. (about referees) I will surely object to referees in case of any ambiguity. But every individual person has the right to make mistake as my players and I do.”

Qatar’s captain, Ibrahim Ibrahim: “The match was at a high level. We got the helm of the match from the very first moment. This made us all win the match. I am happy to beat Japan. The match was so close. But we are very determined to win.

Japan’s coach, Masashi Nambu: “Qatar was perfect at the attacks and also in the first balls. My players got the momentum at the third and fourth sets. Qatar displayed a perfect volleyball in the last set that we could not make it up. I do not have all of my main players. The injuries left me unable to set an ideal arrangement.”

Japan’s captain, Kunihiro Shimizu: “Qatar was perfect. We were not good at our returns. We might not have lost two sets if we had closer focus.

Japan in superb form to power past Sri Lanka
Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – A well-established Japan put it past fighting Sri Lanka in thrilling four sets 25-16 21-25 25-16 25-20 to finish second in Pool D and make it to the round of last eight teams in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.
Yanagida Masahiro led Japan with 19 points including 17 kills and two ace serves, while Mihiran G.M.C  emerged as the top scorer of Sri Lanka after winning 18 points.

Iran storm past Chinese Taipei to top Pool A             

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – The team B of Iran handed Chinese Taipei a straight-set  25-16, 25-16, 25-19 loss to top Pool A as expected and will next take on Thailand on their first match of the last eight teams at Azadi 12000 Capacity Hall.

The head coach of Iran, Peyman Akbari: “We should not judge outside the picture. They put some of our players under pressure. As I said yesterday, it is so difficult to play against a quick team such as Chinese Taipei, so we had to trouble their reception, a goal which my players dealt with so well. I have seen the Chinese Taipei’s games before. They have a very good team and they are in harmony with each other, but they couldn’t do anything in front of us today because we were better in all aspects. Some people have never been in the national level but they asked me about the performance of our team. We respect any ideas but they must talk on the base of supporting the national team.”

About the fans: “I’m thankful to our fans who don’t leave us alone in this championship. I hope the arena gets full when we go further to the next rounds.”

The captain of Iran, Hamzeh Zarrini: “The more powerful rival we will play, the more aggressive we will be. I have been saying from the beginning of the tournament. The further we go, the better we get because the stronger teams make us more inspired to play better. This game was important because both teams were fighting for the first place in the round of last eight teams. If we underestimate the Eastern Asian teams, we are going to have a hard time playing with them. The Iranian B team has a lot of plans and strategies and are built to back up the main team, but they have been put under pressure these days. This team is under the supervisor of the Iranian men’s technical team and the federation and its goal is to suppress aid Iran national a volleyball team. It is not good to let anybody speak against the team in the media which makes the players lose their concentration.”

The head coach of Chinese Taipei: “My players made too many errors today but this is not the real power of our team. We will be better in upcoming matches. I wish Iran and Mr. Akbari a success.”

The captain of Chinese Taipei: “We missed out our good receiving today. On the other side, Iran was great on serves and blocks. Congratulations to Iran for having such a good team and a technical squad against us.”

    Qatar make it three in a row to top Pool B

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – In-form Qatar pulled out a dramatic four-set 25-14, 26-28, 25-13, 25-13 victory over Turkmenistan to make a clean sweep of three wins in Pool B to eventually top the pool.

In this match, Qatar, which already made the cut for the last eight teams following their straight two wins in Pool B, fielded .many substituted players in this match against Turkmenistan, the team which have yet won a match and have already been relegated to the 9th-16th playoffs.

Qatar’s coach, Juan Cichello: “We are capable of overcoming the champions of the Asia. We were able to defeat Japan if we were supposed to play against them tomorrow. We lost the third set due to some minor errors. However, we learned a lot from this third set for future matches. Fortunately, we got three points from this match and we next will go to the last eight teams as the Pool B winners. I know we are able to go up to the champions of Asia too.”

Head coach of Turkmenistan, Serdar Tachnazrokov: “This is all the capability of Turkmenistan in volleyball. We did what we were capable and this is our level of volleyball. Qatar is a good and experienced team and had already guaranteed their place in the last eight teams.

Captain of Turkmenistan, Gylychdurdyye: “This is the ultimate power of our team. Qatar played better than us. I expected not to be moving to the next round. We are planning for the next matches.”

Statistics :P-2 for match 18_ TKM-QAT

Thailand beat Oman in comeback five sets to book berth for last eight teams

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – Thailand produced a magnificent come-from-behind  25-27, 25-20, 20-25, 25-11, 15-10 victory over Oman to cruise their ways to the last eight teams of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championships.

Head coach of Thailand, Monchai Supajirakul: “I think, Oman have nothing to lose but they tried their best. My team came here directly from another tournament which had made them very exhausted. We will fare better if we have a little break and recovery. Competing against the Asia’s best volleyball team like Iran is, I think, an opportunity for us. They are the best team in Asia. We are going to enjoy playing against Iran which can make us improve.”

Captain of Thailand, Kittikun Sri-Utthawong: “Fatigue troubled us in ending the match in three sets. We have played two 5-set matches before which made us tired to be able to end this match in three sets. Congratulations to Oman, anyway. They played well against us. Although the outcome of the match didn’t matter for them, they fought with all their power.”

Head coach of Oman, AL Shizawi: “Congratulations to Thailand! All of their players are at a high level. They made very few technical mistakes and deserved the winner.”

Captain of Oman, Al Hamdani: “We played well against Thailand but we lost our touch and the match did not go as planned. Thailand is a very good team with good players and coaches.”

Statistics : P-2 for match 19_ THA-OMA

Kazakhstan taste first victory in Asian Sr Men’s Championship

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – Kazakhstan registered their first victory in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship by overcoming Kuwait in straight sets 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 to finish third place in Pool A with 3 points from one win against two losses and will next compete in the 9th-16th place playoffs.

Coach of Kazakhstan, Patrokov Andrey: “My team always played better in front of powerful rivals. However, I don’t think we played this match well as we did in the last two matches. Kuwait was an easy team but we couldn’t overcome them comfortably. I don’t know why my team played much better in front of big teams. I hope that my team will improve our form in the remaining games.”

Captain of Kazakhstan, Alexandar Stolnikov: “Today we were tired and didn’t play well, but hope that we can recover soon to get ready for next matches .”

Coach of Kuwait, Radovan Malevic: “My team’s form did not live up to my expectation. We made fewer mistakes than yesterday but I am still not satisfied with my players’ performance. Kazakhstan are very strong, especially their  good serves. We will next play Pakistan and Oman. Everything is possible, so we have to wait and see.”

Captain of Kuwait, Abdullah Mansour: “We did not play well in comparison with our previous matches. We should now ponder about what we really want and then take  action. Maybe the players can find themselves and come back to revive their fortunes. We have to try our best so that we can get rid of all problems we are facing.”

Statistics :P-2 for match 22_ KAZ-KUW

Korea thrash Pakistan in straight sets to advance to last eight teams

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – Korea brushed off Pakistan in comfortable straight sets 25-21 25-12 25-17 to top Pool C with eight points from straight three wins in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship.
Korea’s coach, Yonhkwon Moon: “We were supposed to focus on three elements which are reception, service, and defense. We did what we were supposed to do and managed to win. We played better and we won.
Korea’s captain, Youngmin Kwon: “The team with better performance must win the match. This is why we deserve.”
Head coach of Pakistan, Hassan Mazhar: “Korea played much better. Our libero performed so badly. We were also not good at our reception. Five of my players are young and inexperienced. In some matches, they are good but some times, they made too many mistakes. I am not hopeful that my team will join some other teams in the last eight teams. We are not stressed and we just need to have a good performance.

Australia advance to  last eight teams as second in Pool B

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – World No.13 Australia breezed past India in comfortable straight sets 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 to move to the last eight teams of the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Azadi Sport Complex on Sunday.

India’s coach, Venkatesan: “We will be ranked ninth in this championship. We are the best team among the classification teams and should clinch a better place in the next matches. Australia is an experienced team and my players are so young with less experience. Our potential is just better than other losing teams. I’m sure we will finish ninth in this tournament.”

India’s captain, Praba Garan: “We tried our best to win points from Australia. However,  we still lack experience. I wish my team performed much better in coming events.”

Australia’s coach Roberto Santilli: “Australia had reached their good level. I hope we will get better day after day from now. Today we saw a real competition. My players were great and played hard. Their level of volleyball is developed.”

On the mighty match against China: “Before the championship, we had played China. They have a young and good team. I think they are the best team of the tournament.”

Australia’s captain, Thomas Edgar: “It was an important match for us to move up to the next round. We were tired at the beginning of the competitions but we tried to get better one at a time and we are happy with this. We can emerge as the winners in the coming matches, learning from the past mistakes and experience.”

China outclass Bahrain to remain unbeaten

Tehran, Iran, August 2, 2015 – Powerful China challenged Bahrain in a breathtaking match to outclass Bahrain in straight sets 25-18, 25-23, 25-21. China top Pool D to advance to the last eight teams with an unbeaten record.

China’s coach, Guochen Xie: “My players played with low inspiration.  I don’t understand. why. I hope this problem will be solved in the coming matches. Bahrain is a very good team. We have never played them before. They were strong on blocks which troubled us.”

On the match against Australia: “Australia is a big team. We haven’t had the chance to play them so far and could not easily cope with their tactics. Any teams have their own plans and style and i think both teams are capable of winning.”

China’s captain, Shuai Jiao: “We didn’t know about Bahrain and just took our strategies during the match. They are a good team and we have never played them before. At some points, we didn’t have good performance in front of them in this match. Congratulations to Bahrain for having such a good team.”

Bahrain’s coach, Jorge Elgueta: “First of all, I congratulate China for their good performance against us. Our team is very young and did not have any friendly matches ahead of the tournament. This tournament has been regarded as our preparatory games for future events, especially the Persian Gulf championship. I think we have the toughest draw in this pool. The other pools feature just one powerful team. While in our pool, there are both Japan and China. Anyway, congratulations to China for this victory.”

Bahrain’s captain, Jasim Alnabhan: “It was an easy game. If we did not make errors in crucial moments of the match, we could have won the game easier. I hope that my team can move to the next round but it is all about equations and we have to wait and see. Anyway, we stay hopeful to be in the next round because in my opinion, my team deserve it.”

Oman suffer straight two losses

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – Oman battled hard in their match against Pakistan, but found the rivals too strong to go down in straight sets 23-25, 21-25, 19-25.

Oman first lost to Thailand 2-3 in the opening match and will next face Korea in Pool C.

The head coach of Pakistan, Hassan Mazhar: “We were not good in the first match but will get better game by game. It was a good match for us. It was our second game and we managed to show a better performance. We haven’t started the tournament so well. We lost three of our experienced players due to injury and we had to bring three young players instead. We try to do our best tomorrow against Korea.”

The captain of the Pakistan, Naseer Ahmed: “Today we played a good game. I don’t know why we lost yesterday but we had a united team. Tomorrow will be our most difficult match against Korea and we want to show our real power  in that match.”

Oman coach, AL Shizawi: “We were not like a team. We played so bad against Pakistan. It was not a good game. I expected more from our team but Pakistan played really well. The other teams are better than us.”

Oman Captain, Al Hamdani did not take part in the press conference after losing to Pakistan.

Statistics :P-2 for match 10_ OMA-PAK

Chinese Taipei beat Kuwait in straight sets

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – Chinese Taipei beat Kuwait 3-0 (28-26, 25-17, 25-14) and with consecutive two wins and six points, the Taiwanese have been regarded as the most grave rival for Iran in Pool A. Kuwait will next face Kazakhstan.

Chinese Taipei coach, Ke-Chou Chen: Iran is so strong but we have got the chance to win. My players were really great today. They were good at their serves like yesterday match. Kuwait had a good start but my players stopped them. (About team B of Iran) We were expected to be against the experienced players of Iran such as Saeid Marouf. But, we are against a younger ones that is not much of difference for us. Iran is strong at all levels.

Chinese Taipei Captain, Chien-Chen Chen: Today’s match was good. We will get better day by day. We would love to beat Iran to get a new experience.

Kuwait Coach, Radovan Malevic: Three new players are in the arrangement. They are so young and inexperienced. Of course, this is by no means the reason why we lost. This was not our real team. We knew we have nothing to perform better. We lost very easily.

Kuwait Captain, Abdullah Mansour: We made too many mistakes. It was a good match, anyway. We have eight new and young players in our team composition. They all need time to play in harmony. We will try our best to beat Kazakhstan in our next match.

Statistics :P-2 for match 12_ TPE-KUW

China pull off four-set win over in-form Japan

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – China defeated Japan 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23) to remain at the top in Pool D. China scored six points from straight two wins to overtake Japan, one of the most accomplished teams in Asia with seven gold medals achieved from the Asian meet.

Japan will next  play Sri Lanka on the last match of the preliminary round, while China will go up against Bahrain.

China Coach, Shuai Jiao: “I’m happy with the performance of all my players. I hope to be able to continue this condition in all our games.”

On China’s national team: “my experienced players were injured and we tried to use our young players.

China Captain, Guochen Xie: “Who knows!? We may eliminate Japan from the tournament. We still see some lights of hopes. We made a lot of simple errors and if we improve them, it is possible to get good results against Japan.

Japan coach, Masashi Nambu: “China was very good on the first attack without any faults and vice versa we were full of mistakes.”

On the presence of Ahmad Masajedi in the Japanese team: “He was technically and tactically beneficial for our team and with an Iranian coach in our team, we are gaining some supports from the Iranian fans too. Since Iran had a progressive process in the world, we wanted to strengthen our team making use of an Iranian coach.”

Japan Captain, Kunihiro Shimizu: “Sri Lanka was an easy team and didn’t have enough experience. It was a good match, but we had a lot of mistakes in the games and weren’t able to show our full potential. I hope we will play better in future matches.

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Australia regain their pride with win on second day

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – The first match of the Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship in Day 2 was concluded with the victory of Australia over Turkmenistan in straight sets 25-11, 25-21, 25-22.

Australia along with India, Qatar, and Turkmenistan form the participating teams of pool B. Australia started the opening match with a loss to Qatar.

Australia coach, Roberto Santilli: I wanted to elevate the mentality of my players. Turkmenistan worked well in the third set.

Regarding yesterday’s loss against Qatar: I think, they played more than 100 percent. They deserved victory. Congratulations to the coach as his players were very good at their defence and they came here with the mentality of victory.

Australia captain, Thomas Edgar: we would like to show our real power in the court. Turkmenistan was tough. (About referees) I think, the absence of video-check made it harder for the referees to justify the coach. I have no objection to the referee though.

Statistics :P-2 for match 9_ TKM-AUS

Korea play hard-fought match against Thailand

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – On the second day of Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship, Korea in a breathtaking match claimed two points against Thailand by 3-2 (26-24, 21-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-11). Korea captured 16 medals including four gold the Asian Championship to be the team winning the most medals in Asia.

Korea will next face Pakistan, while Thailand will go up against Oman.

Head coach of South Korea, Yonhkwan Moon: “We had a close competition with Thailand but what matters is we managed to win.”

Regarding the match against Iran: “My team reached a good level of preparation but the fact is Iran is a strong team and it is so difficult to win against them.”

Head coach of Thailand, Monchai Supajirakul: “We tried our best for victory against Korea but playing five sets in the previous match against Pakistan had already put us under tension and we couldn’t reach our goal. Anyway, I’m happy we got at least one point from Korea because it can help us move up to the next rounds.”

Captain of South Korea, Youngmin Kwon: “We should win a lot easier and better than this. It was a close match but the important fact is that we won. Although we won our first two matches, we need to be more harmonious with each other and win a lot easier and better. ”

Captain of Thailand, Kittikun Sri-Utthawong: “Korea is a good team. We played one of our best games in front of them and I am happy we got one point out of this match. Plying two long matches in five sets put my team under pressure but we need to get ready for next matches in this condition.”

Statistics :P-2 for match 11_ KOR-THA

Iran beat Kazakhstan to steer Pool A

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – Indomitable Iran beat Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 27-25). Claiming six points from straight two wins, Iran will next set up a clash against China, with Kazakhstan facing Kuwait on the last day of the preliminary round.
The head coach of Kazakhstan: “It was a good game. We didn’t have some of our good players because of the injuries two weeks before this tournament. I think it was not a bad game.”
The head coach of Iran, Peyman Akbari: “The scoreboard showed how close the teams  we played, except in the second set. It was a very critical situation for Kazakhstan because if they lose the game they will also lose the chance of being among the top eight teams. So they tried their best. They had some strong points like direct blocking which we had analyzed before and were good on attacks. Both teams were not so good on serves because we tried risky serves but we were good on receiving. Overall, Kazakhstan played really well today and I congratulate their coach for his team’s nice play. I wish them success in future games.”
The captain of Kazakhstan: “Iran played really well and it was a very good game.”
The captain of Iran, Hamzeh Zarrini: “It was a good match. I think if Kazakhstan were able to play like today in yesterday’s game, they could easily win the match. The problem for us was that we underestimated our rivals and we didn’t start the match so well. We have to play better. It was getting hard. But in this critical moments, we bounced back and finally managed to win. As I said yesterday, our team should get better game by game. It is a little bit difficult but we can do that. I think Kazakhstan played their best match I have seen so far.”
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Qatar move up to top Pool B

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – Qatar overcame India to ride the top of the table in Pool B in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship. Qatar beat India in straight sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. Qatar with six points now surged to the top of pool B ahead of Australia, India, and Turkmenistan.

In the last match of the preliminary round, Qatar will face Turkmenistan while India are to line up against Australia.

Qatar Coach, Juan Cichello: “Our presence in the next round is guaranteed and we have to put our full concentration on the matches in the next round with Japan or China. I was not satisfied with my team at the beginning of the match but gradually we came back and my players showed a good performance. Victory in this match is very important for us because we wanted to guarantee our qualification to the next round from now on. We are going to have an easy match tomorrow and can now think of the matches against Japan and China.”

Qatar Libero, Suliman: “It was a good match and India played well. Our coach is the real winner today and helped us win the game. I hope to play like today in the next matches and reach the final match step by step. Our coach had been in Iran’s volleyball technical team before and is trying to change our mind and thought just like they did with the Iranian team. He helped us gain self-confidence and this is the main reason of our success.”

India coach, Venkatesan: “I’m happy with my players. We came to this tournament with young players. India didn’t play badly, while Qatar played really well. Volleyball is a sport of ups and downs and you can get the desired results sometimes. We brought 10 players from our youth teams. Our chance of going up to the next round is 50-50. We will try our best to get at least one point.”

India Captain, Garan Praba: “Qatar is a strong team. We weren’t able to find a way to score but we won’t give up and will try to get points from Australia.”

Statistics :P-2 for match 14_ IND-QAT

Bahrain claim first three points

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – Bahrain accumulated the first three points in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship after thrashing Sri Lanka in straight sets 25-21, 25-22, 25-16.

Bahrain coach, Jorge Elgueta: “Who knows!? We may eliminate Japan from the tournament. We still see some lights of hopes. My players made a lot of simple errors and if we improve them it is possible to get good results against China.”

Bahrain captain, Jasim Alnabhan: “Sri Lanka is not that strong and didn’t have enough experience. It was a good match, but we had a lot of mistakes in the games and weren’t able to show our full potential. I hope to be better in future matches.”

Sri Lanka coach, W.M.S. Wendakoon: “Playing against Japan is a big chance. We wanted to overcome Bahrain but my players were able to win the game. They were more experienced than us. We’re going to have a difficult match against Japan if you want to defeat them. Japan, Iran, Korea and Australia are the best teams in this tournament and we want to use this big opportunity of playing against Japan tomorrow and improve my players.”

Sri Lanka Captain, S.A.J Surath: “Bahrain played really well today and we were less experienced. We don’t have any chance against Japan tomorrow but we try to do our best.”

Statistics :P-2 for match 16_ SRI-BRN