LIANG HELPS MALAYSIA GRIND OUT WIN OVER QATAR
Tabriz, Iran, June 30, 2018 – Malaysia left their opponents Qatar – as well as the crowd – gasping for air after a 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-10) victory in the Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship on Saturday at Poursharifi Gymnasium.
In Pool F, Qatar faced Malaysia in their opening match as they rested yesterday while the Malaysians entered the court with more confidence bearing one win over Turkmenistan from the first encounter.
Malaysia reached an early win in the first set 25-10 with Liang’s attacks making the highest cap. They benefitted from their strong serves, releasing five aces at the start of the first set. Qatar tried to reduce the margin by the substitutions made by their Brazilian coach Percy Oncken. Qatar’s Widatalla scored 8 points but his attacks could not annul the pace of Malaysia who finally finished 25-18. Using the mistakes of the opposite team, Malaysia’s Liang and Bin Muharia pierced their attacks to win the third set 25-10.
Zul Yadi Bin Zakaria, head coach of Malaysia appreciated the attitude of the new president of Malaysia as “he values the basic age groups and this is why now Malaysia has this young players in the official tournament after eleven years”.
“The population of Qatar is not much as it is a very small country. The attempt is to find some more young players. Today, we have lost to our own mistakes as my players are too young and have to play more to gain more experience”. Oncken, Qatar head coach said.
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