Qatar post straight-set win over Indonesia
A commanding performance by Qatari spikers help them enter play-off match for ninth place.
The Qatar volleyball team were a disappointed lot following their loss to Kazakhstan in a classification group match on Wednesday.
A day later, they ensured they were still in the running for a respectable finish in the Asian Senior Volleyball Championship in Tehran by registering a commanding 26-24, 25-17, 25-17 win over Indonesia, sealing their place in the play-off for ninth position.
Qatar, who are in Group G, had earlier beaten Oman, but lost to Kazakhstan. They now await the winners of the game between Kazakhstan and Thailand.
- Qatar bt Indonesia:
26–24, 25–17, 25–17
Qatar’s finish just outside the top eight indicates how narrowly they missed out on the elite group and a ticket to the Olympic qualifiers in Jiangmen, China, in January. Had they snatched a win in the tough five-setter against Australia in their opening match, the scenario would have been much different.
Qatar, despite being pushed hard in the first set, did not lose focus against Indonesia. Of course, their reputation and superior FIVB world ranking (34) compared to Indonesia’s 131, stood out as Qatar closed out the set at 26-24.
Indonesia may have fancied their chances in the second set, but Qatar’s blocks and attacks proved too difficult for them to handle. They did occasionally beat the Qatar defence, but it was not enough to gain control. Qatar took the second set 25-17.
With Qatar clearly dominating, there was little Indonesia could do to get ahead in the match. The third set was a repeat of the second and Qatar emerged as winners with a similar score line (25-17).