Ninh Binh, Vietnam, June 29, 2017 – Iraq’s Al-Bahri Sport Club revived their fortunes at the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium following a hard-fought 25-21 25-21 25-23 victory over Sri Lanka Ports Authority in their preliminary Pool A encounter on Thursday.
Al-Bahri Sport Club, stunned 1-3 by hosts Vietnam Sports Club in their opener the previous day, turned things around to take the first two sets with the similar margin 25-21, 25-21. However, Sri Lanka Ports Authority showed their good fighting spirit in the third set, hoping to bring back their good form. But their determined efforts did not bear fruits. In some crucial moments, the Sri Lankans committed some easy mistakes and the Iraqi side seized the chance, taking advantage of the rivals’ errors to win the tight set 25-23 and match.
“After going down to hosts Vietnam on Wednesday, my players improved a lot and played a good match against the Sri Lankans. In fact, I think Sri Lanka Ports Authority are a good team with some good players, so we tried to attack them more on the side-out,” said Al-Bahri Sport Club’s head coach Mohammed Awfi after the match .
“My players did a good job on reception and attacks, especially outside the net. We prepared seriously for two months for this tournament as we have set our goal to finish among the top 5 teams in this championship,” he added.
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