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Qatar have it easy against Sri Lanka

The Maroons post a straight-set victory as spikers and blockers come good in their last group match.
Qatar’s Ahmed Jamal, Osman And Mahmoud Essam Block Spike From Sri Lanka’s Mahela In The Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship In Tehran
Qatar’s Ahmed Jamal, Osman and Mahmoud Essam block spike from Sri Lanka’s Mahela in the Asian Senior Men’s volleyball Championship in Tehran. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Result

Qatar bt Sri Lanka25-21, 25-14, 25-15

Qatar scored a comfortable 25-21, 25-14, 25-15 win against Sri Lanka in their last group match in the Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Azadi Sports Complex in Tehran on Sunday.

Qatar finished third in Pool ‘A’ relegating Sri Lanka to fourth position. Qatar will now play the classification matches for positions 9 to 16.

Qatar’s Belal And Nikola Attempt To Keep Out A Smash From Sri Lanka’s Wsantha In The Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship In Tehran
Qatar’s Belal and Nikola attempt to keep out a smash from Sri Lanka’s Wsantha in the Asian Senior Men’s volleyball Championship in Tehran. Photo: Asian Volleyball Confederation

Sri Lanka were not expected to push Qatar really hard given the huge difference between the teams in international rankings. Qatar is placed 34th and Sri Lanka is way behind at 131st. The Maroons were however wary considering that Sri Lanka had stretched Australia, especially in the second set of their match on Saturday, before losing it at 30-32. It was the longest set in the tournament so far in terms of points.

Aware of what Sri Lanka were capable of, Qatar were not taking anything for granted. And just as well because Sri Lanka pushed Qatar close in the first set. But Qatar did not allow their opponents too much leeway and closed out the set at 25-21.

Having conceded the psychological edge to Qatar, Sri Lanka could never find their way back into the match. What blunted the Sri Lankan attacks in the second set were the superb blocks put up by Qatar and their huge lead at 18-10 was a pointer as to how effective their defenders were at the net. Qatar was soon well on their way to clinch the set and did so at 25-14.

In the final set, Sri Lanka were undone by several unforced errors. They smashed into the net, their blockers failed to keep out Mubarak and Renan and the defence left too many gaps in the back court. Qatar capitalised on these lapses and emerged 25-15 winners.