Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 5, 2017 – Iraq’s Al-Bahri SC stunned 2015 former champions with a sensational come- from- behind victory 3-2 over Taichung Commercial Bank from Chinese Taipei (20-25,25-23,23-25,25-19,15-13) at their 5th-8th playoff match of the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium on Wednesday.
Safaa Lafta Majeed scored a match- high with 28 points including 24 kills from 42 attempts,and 4 kill blocks with Hussen Nameer Shamil adding another 12 points for the winning team . Wu Tsung Hsuan topscored with 21 points including 17 kills for Taichung Commercial Bank.Chen Chien-Chen contributed with 17 points.
After the match, Al-Bahri SC coach Aefi Mohammed said, “I’m very happy for the team’s victory.My players played very well in this match.We had a good defense and our attacks and serves worked out pretty well today while our opponents struggled with their defense today. We tried to attack them more especially outside of the net and we were successful in this game”.
Al-Bahri SC will take on the winners between China Beijing Baic Motor and Vietnam SC in the Thursday’s 5th place match.
“I think both teams are very strong, but we will try to challenge them with our good blocks and serves . We need to reduce some easy mistakes.I hope that we will win the match,”he added.
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