Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 2, 2017 – Terrific Grozer Gyorgy steered Al Arabi Sports Club to brushing off hosts Vietnam Sports Club in thrilling three-setter 25-15, 25-22, 25-22 in their first playoff Pool E match at the round of the last eight teams in the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium on Sunday.
Al Arabi SC, silver medallists at the previous episode in Myanmar last year and second place in the Pool C preliminary round, showed their superiority in the first set with an excellent combination of Grozer and Oliva Salvador Hidalgo for a comfortable 25-15 win.
In the next two sets, the host team, which captured the Pool A top spot in preliminary round and backed by cheering fans, raised their fighting spirit against the much stronger opponents, but they could not stop the visitors’ onslaughts led by the Germany-import Grozer. Despite a brave fight, Vietnam Sports Club went down to Al Arabi SC with the similar margin 25-22, 25-22.
However, Al Arabi’s head coach Lajnef Maaouia admitted that the match was not that easy, “Today was not an easy match. I think my team played better than our previous matches. After we lost to Altay, we tried to turn things around with hopes of regaining our level. We did not play with our level in the last match. Vietnam SC are a good team and today they played well. They are the winners of the Pool A, but I think we were able to execute our game plans very well today. I am happy for my team’s victory.
“Against the Iraq team in our next match, I think it is not different because they are also a good team. We expect a tough match but we will try to play with our level. We will put pressure on them with our effective serves in order to win the match,” he added.
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