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Korea Armed Forces try to block an attack from Pavlodar’s Dmitry Vovnenko.
Korea Armed Forces try to block an attack from Pavlodar’s Dmitry Vovnenko.

BAIC Motor hand hot-favourite Paykan first loss in Asian Men’s Club Championship in Taipei

Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 16, 2015 – Determined BAIC Motor of China stopped the powerhouses Paykan’s remarkable unbeaten run on Sunday, stunning the seven-time champions from Iran in a hard-earned four-set thriller in their Pool F quarter-finals of the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship at the University of Taipei Hall.

The Chinese’s pulsating 25-22 28-26 20-25 25-23 win caused a major sensation as Paykan were the only team which have yet lost a set in the three-day pool round-robin preliminaries, while BAIC Motor had already succumbed their 1-3 defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC in Pool D earlier.

Against BAIC Motor, which claimed bronze medal at the previous edition last year in Pasay, the Philippines, Paykan fielded a strong line-up with the likes of Mostafa Sharifat, Ai Hossein, Zarini Hamzeh, Fayazi Damnabi Purya and Reza Ghara, all of them joined the Iran national team to finish second in the recent Asian Senior Men’s Championship on home soil. The Chinese offence was led by powerful attacker Jiang Chuan.

BAIC Motor started strongly, with Jiang Chuan turning into a scoring machine for the team. He frustrated the Iranians with his explosive spikes and put the Iranian attacks in shade with his scintillating blocking. The Chinese team took the first two sets 25-22 28-26 before Paykan clawed their ways back to win the third set 25-20.

The fourth set was more thrilling as leads changed hands for several times. However, BAIC Motor fared better at the final assault to narrowly edge Paykan 25-23 and the tough 3-1 clash.

Terrific Jiang Chuan added massive 27 points to the BAIC Motor’s tally including 22 deadly attacks and four stuff blocks. Zhang Binglong assisted with 12 points from his powerful spikes. Zarini Hamzeh scored a match-high 19 points in the match for Paykan.

Commenting about the match, Paykan’s key player Zarini Hamzeh said, “Although some of the referee’s decision  problem turned down our team morale which saw him show us the yellow card in the third set, the last week’s tough competition, injuries of team-mates and some personal mistakes made us truly exhausted. That’s what counts for our loss. However, coaches and players are not beaten by the results. Our goal of getting the gold medal remains unchanged,” Zarini said.

In the other Pool F encounter, Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar VC continued their unbeaten record in this top-flight competition as they pulled off an exceptional 25-23 25-18 26-24 win over Korea Armed Forces on Sunday.

In Pool E, Qatar’s Al Arabi Sport Club went on their winning streak when the 2012 champions packed off Turkmenistan’s Migrasiya in a completely one-sided affair 25-15 25-13 25-11 in one hour.

The great disparity between the two teams made the score difference between both teams a huge gap. Migrasiya didn’t seem to be in good condition on Sunday, facing the problem of catching up the serves. Besides, their defense was not strong enough to keep Al Arabi from spiking and scoring continuously. Moreover, Al Arabi were a tightly-bonded team with every player having their profession and position, which formed a perfect structure that made Migrasiya no chance to break through. Especially in the last set, Al Arabi did a really good job on blocking and digging, which also helped them win some crucial points besides scoring. They eventually made a beautiful ending in the lop-sided battle.

Hosts Taichung Bank Club captured convincing wins four in a row on Sunday, thrashing Iraq’s South Gas Club in comfortable straight sets 25-19 25-17 25-14.

Meanwhile, in the 9th-16th playoffs for the lower-ranked teams at the Taipei Gym, Australia’s Victorian Volleyball Academy still could not break their deadlock in the annual continental competition. On Sunday, the Australians suffered consecutive four losses at the hands of Panasonic, going down 18-25 17-25 18-25 to the Japanese side in Pool G, while Thailand’ Nakhonratchasima also had an easy task to power past Afghanistan’s NDS 25-14 25-15 28-26.

In the Pool H clash, Cignal of the Philippines struggled hard to beat Oman’s Sohar with a magnificent come-from-behind 18-25 22-25 29-27 35-33 15-13 victory, while Trang An Ninh Binh of Vietnam proved a cut above Qadsia Sporting Club to beat the Kuwaiti team in straight sets  25-15 25-17 25-23.

On Monday, the quarter-final Pool E clashes see Migrasiya take on South Gas Club and Taichung Bank Club challenge Al Arabi Sport Club, with Korea Armed Forces playing BAIC Motor and Paykan setting up a mighty clash against Pavlodar VC in Pool F.

Contesting the 9th-16th classification round, NDS will face Victorian Volleyball Academy and Panasonic will take on Nakhonratchasima in Pool G. In Pool H, Qadsia Sporting Club will be pitted against Sohar, with Cignal testing their mettle against Trang An Ninh Binh.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

AT UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI HALL

POOL E

Al Arabi Sport Club (Qatar) b Migrasiya (Turkmenistan) 3-0 (25-15 25-13 25-11)

Taichung Bank Club (Chinese Taipei) b South Gas Club (Iraq) 3-0 (25-19 25-17 25-14)

POOL F

BAIC Motor (China) b Paykan (Iran) 3-1 (25-22 28-26 20-25 25-23)

Pavlodar VC (Kazakhstan) b Korea Armed Forces (Korea) 3-0 (25-23 25-18 26-24)

AT TAIPEI GYM

9TH-16TH CLASSIFICATION ROUND

POOL G

Panasonic (Japan) b Victorian Volleyball Academy (Australia)  3-0 (25-18 25-17 25-18)

Nakhonratchasima (Thailand) b NDS (Afghanistan) 3-0 (25-14 25-15 28-26)

POOL H

Cignal (Philippines) b Sohar (Oman) 3-2 (18-25 22-25 29-27 35-33 15-13)

Trang An Ninh Binh (Vietnam) b Qadsia Sporting Club (Kuwait) 3-0 (25-15 25-17 25-23)

MATCH SCHEDULE (All local times)

Monday, August 17, 2015

AT UNIVERSITY OF TAIPEI HALL

QUARTER-FINALS

POOL E

5pm: 2A-Migrasiya v 2C-South Gas Club

7pm: 1A-Taichung Bank Club v 1C-Al Arabi Sport Club

POOL F

1pm: 2B-Korea Armed Force v 2D-BAIC Motor

3pm: 1B-Paykan v 1D-Pavlodar VC

AT TAIPEI GYM

9TH-16TH CLASSIFICATION ROUND

POOL G

1pm: 4A-NDS v 4C-Victorian Volleyball Academy

3pm: 3A-Panasonic v 3C-Nakhon Ratchasima

POOL  H

5pm: 4B-Qadsia Sporting Club v 4D-Sohar

7pm: 3B-Cignal v 3D-Trang An Ninh Binh

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