PAKISTAN SUCCUMB TO STRAIGHT-SET LOSS TO SAUDI ARABIA
Manama, Bahrain, July 23, 2018 – Saudi Arabia grasped a straight-set (25-19, 25-22, 25-21) victory over Pakistan in their last preliminary Pool E match of the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at Isa Sport City Hall on Monday.
Saudi Arabia went all-out in their encounter against Pakistan with an high hope of regaining their pride lost to Chinese Taipei on the opening day. The Saudi Arabians, fresh after a rest day on Sunday, relegated Pakistan to the bottom place of Pool E as they had already suffered two losses in succession.
Jawad Alkhawaher top-scored with 15 points making the highest cap for Saudi Arabia, which benefitted from their strong serves with 7 aces.
“My players are new and inexperienced. They had just taken part in the Arab Championship. In our first match against Chinese Taipei, my players were scared because they needed time to get acquainted with the venue, fans, and the opponents. It was their first encounter and they did not get familiar with Chinese Taipei. Today, my players were feeling much better and could get back to the tournament by this victory. If they gain more experiences, I’m convinced they will surely perform much better than this,” Saudi Arabia head coach Ali Bencheikh Mohamad commented.
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