Ninh Binh, Vietnam, July 5, 2017 – Formidable Sarmayeh Bank of Iran made it to the final to defend their tittle following a sensational straight-set victory 3-0(25-23,25-17,25-19 )over Alarabi SC from Qatar in the semifinals of the SMM 2017 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the Ninh Binh Gymnasium on Wednesday.
This match was the rematch of last year’s final in Myanmar when the Iranians captured their 11 titles. Against in-form Al Arabi SC, Sarmayeh Bank, the team which have yet to lose their matches to their respective rivals en route to the Wednesday’s semi-finals, shone through their exceptional tactics including aggressive attacks from Shahram Mahmoudi, Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi Seyed and Milad Ebadipour Gharah and splendid teamwork while the Qatar team relied on the German Grozer’s attacks as the main weapon to score .
The first set appeared to be a see-saw battle when both teams played almost the same level.leading 24-22,the Iranians allowed their opponents one more points before Seyed ended the set 25-24 with his fast spike for a 1-0 lead.
In the second set, the Iranians showed some brilliant blocks which made the Qataris difficulties to score.The Iranian side carried on their superb performance to capture the set 25-17. Not giving up easily, the Qataris fought back impressively to take an early 8-6 lead in the third set.The Iranian coach called a timeout to improve their tactics and regain their composure.
Since then, Sarmayeh Bank stormed back aggressively to take a commanding 24-18 lead.The service error from Grozer handed the Iranians the set 25-19, match and a final spot.
Shahram Mahmoudi topscored for the winning team with 13 points including 12 kills from 27 attempts. Mohammad Mousavi Eraghi Seyed and Milad Ebadipour Gharah added 11 and 9 points respectively. Grozer Gyorgy led Al –Arabi SC with 12 points including 11 kills and one ace serve .
After the match, Sarmayeh Bank’s head coach Mostafa Karkhaneh commented, “Today we did our best to advance to the final round.This game was very important for us.Before the match, we studied their video throughly to make our game plan.And our strategy caused them difficulties today.
We just tried not to get distracted but we tried to concentrate to our game.We succeeded in our services today,”
Sarmayeh Bank will next take on Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza, the team they already won in the playoff match of the round of eight teams, in the final showdown
“Against Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza in the final round tomorrow, of course, it is not going to be an easy match at all although we already beat them before.Tomorrow is a new day and a new match, but we will try our best to win this tournament,”he added
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