Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 2, 2017 – Kazakhstan’s Altay VC continued their unbeaten run at the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium following an impressive 3-1 (21-25, 25-8, 25-19, 25-22) victory in their first playoff Pool E match at the round of the last eight teams on Sunday
Al-Bahri SC, which finished second at the Pool A preliminary round, displayed a superb performance to seal the opening set 25-21 .
With Altay VC’s frontline persistent on offense and defense, the Kazakhs improved their tactics to storm back aggressively for a commanding 16-1 lead in the second set. They never looked back after that, winning the completely one-sided set 25-8.
Their confidence boosted, the Kazakh club continued their consistent play in the second set, which they won 25-19.
In the fourth set became more intense as both teams poured everything they had to win the set, but Altay performed much better in crucial points. The Kazakh side cruised to win the vital set 25-22 and match.
Alexander Stolnikov topscored for Altay VC with 16 points from 15 attack hits and 1 kill block, while Vasyl Tupchii and Vitaliy Vorivodin added 15 and 12 points respectively for the Kazakh side. Jameel Nasser Aseel led Al-Bahri Sport Club with 13 points.
“It was a difficult match for us after the tough match against Al Arabi Sports Club the previous day. We are the Pool C winners and today we lost a set to Al-Bahri Sport Club, the team which finished second in Pool A. However, I think Al-Bahri are a strong team with good players,” Altay Vc’s captain Sergii Gumeniuk said after the match.
“Against hosts Vietnam in our next match, I think it is going to be a tough match as well. We will watch them play against the Qataris and study their video. In our best day, I think we can beat any team in this tournament. We have two foreign players in the team who helped strengthen our team. I think we are much stronger than last year,” he added.
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