Al Arabi Starts Off Asian Men’s Club Championships With Sweep

  0 Carly DeMarque | June 28th, 2017 | Asian Volleyball, Australian volleyball, International Volleyball, News


The first day of the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships has concluded with four sweeps and one match extending into four sets.

Pool’s A, C and D competed on the first day of play, with Pool B beginning their competition on June 29, along with Sri Lanka of Pool A. Pool A has three teams, giving one team a day off each day, while Pool B only has two teams competing, allowing for just one day of pool play for the squads. Pool’s C and D each have four teams, with two matches occurring daily in each of the pools.

Pool A

  • Vietnam Sports Club def. Al-Bahri Sport Club 3-1, (22-25, 2-20, 25-21, 25-23)

Vietnam fashioned a nice comeback win over Al-Bahri after dropping the first set of the match. The remaining three sets of the match were challenging for both teams, but Vietnam came out on top.

Pool C

  • Altay VC def. Tan Chai 3-0, (25-15, 25-21, 25-20)

Altay VC ran through Tan Chai in straight sets to take their first victory of the competition. Vastly Tupchii led Altay with 11 points while Lee Man Sing put down 16 points for the losing side.

  • Al Arabi Sports Club def. Canberra Heat 3-0, (25-15, 25-18, 25-21)

At the last Asian Men’s Club Championships, Al Arabi finished with the silver medal and began their 2017 campaign in the right direction with a three-set sweep over Canberra Heat. After going up easily 2-0, Canberra Heat tried to stage a comeback in the final set of the match but their efforts were futile, with Al Arabi staying steady to take the match with a 25-21 final set score.

Gyorgy Grozer led Al Arabi with 12 points, while Aubrey Matthew added 12 points for the losing side.

Pool D

  • Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza def. Air Force 3-0, (25-17, 27-25, 25-20)

Toyoda was able to run through Air Force in straight sets, not having to sweat much about the score, aside from the second set. Toyoda was the runner-up of Japan’s V. Premier League and bronze medalists at the previous edition of the event in Myanmar.

The first set was an easy win for Toyoda, but Air Force fought back in the second set to match things interesting. The two teams traded off points late in the second, allowing for extra points that ended the set 27-25 in favor of Toyota, giving them the 2-0 advantage in the match. The final set was dominated by Toyoda, who served well and served tough, ending the match with a 25-20 third set score.

The leading scorer for Toyoda was Igor Omrcen with 17 points, while Jirayu Raksakaew put down a match-best 18 points for Air Force.

  • Beijing Baic Motor def. Maldivian Sports & Recreation Club 3-0, (25-11, 25-9, 25-23)

Beijing came out rolling in the first set of the match, crushing the Maldives team 25-11 and 25-9. The final set was more of a challenge for both teams as the Maldives pushed back more in the third set but were unable to take a set away from the Beijing team. Yin Jie led Beijing with 15 points while Wang Chen added another 12.

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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