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Qatar move up to top Pool B

Tehran, Iran, August 1, 2015 – Qatar overcame India to ride the top of the table in Pool B in the 18th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship. Qatar beat India in straight sets 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. Qatar with six points now surged to the top of pool B ahead of Australia, India, and Turkmenistan.

In the last match of the preliminary round, Qatar will face Turkmenistan while India are to line up against Australia.

Qatar Coach, Juan Cichello: “Our presence in the next round is guaranteed and we have to put our full concentration on the matches in the next round with Japan or China. I was not satisfied with my team at the beginning of the match but gradually we came back and my players showed a good performance. Victory in this match is very important for us because we wanted to guarantee our qualification to the next round from now on. We are going to have an easy match tomorrow and can now think of the matches against Japan and China.”

Qatar Libero, Suliman: “It was a good match and India played well. Our coach is the real winner today and helped us win the game. I hope to play like today in the next matches and reach the final match step by step. Our coach had been in Iran’s volleyball technical team before and is trying to change our mind and thought just like they did with the Iranian team. He helped us gain self-confidence and this is the main reason of our success.”

India coach, Venkatesan: “I’m happy with my players. We came to this tournament with young players. India didn’t play badly, while Qatar played really well. Volleyball is a sport of ups and downs and you can get the desired results sometimes. We brought 10 players from our youth teams. Our chance of going up to the next round is 50-50. We will try our best to get at least one point.”

India Captain, Garan Praba: “Qatar is a strong team. We weren’t able to find a way to score but we won’t give up and will try to get points from Australia.”

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