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Al Gharafa carry too much firepower for Al Sadd

Foreign recruits play key role for the Cheetahs as they notch a comfortable win in their second league match.
Al Gharafa Al Sadd Qatar Volleyball League
Al Gharafa were too strong for Al Sadd in their second match in the Qatar Volleyball League at the Al Arabi Sports Club on Wednesday. File Photo: QVA

3The Qatar Volleyball League resumed after a three-day break with one match scheduled on the day and it turned out to be an easy encounter for Al Gharafa.

Gharafa scored a 25-15, 25-22, 25-16 win over Al Sadd at the Al Arabi Sports Club on Wednesday. It was their second win in the league.

It was a three-pronged attack from Al Gharafa that floored Al Sadd.

Osniel Rendon, Al Gharafa’s Cuban recruit, was the man leading the attacks with their Brazilian players Wellington Bolzani and Emina Guilherme chipping in at regular intervals.

RESULT

  • Al Gharafa bt Al Sadd 25-15, 25-22, 25-16.

Al Sadd depended on Wadidie Raimi and Koni Musa for their attacks. But they were not as effective as the Al Gharafa players, with the latter’s defence blunting many of their attempts.

Indeed, Al Gharafa’s defence was more solid than that of their rivals, the reception and blocks denying Al Sadd the points.

Al Sadd were just unable to get ahead of their rivals. In the first set, Al Gharafa led 8-4 and then pulled away to 16-8, the big lead leaving no chance for their rivals to bridge the gap. Al Gharafa closed out the first set at 25-15.

In the second, Al Sadd harboured hopes of taking at least one set off their rivals when they stayed close behind in the early stages. Midway through, they lost momentum and allowed Al Gharafa to move ahead 21-15. They attempted to retaliate thereafter but Al Gharafa held on to win 25-22.

Al Sadd did not stand much of a chance in the third set, the two-set deficit and a strong opposition affecting their confidence. They lost the set and the match at 25-16.