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24 April, 2018 12:46:58 AM
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Bangladesh Group A champions

Turkmenistan first to reach semis
Sports Reporter
Bangladesh Group A champions
Bangladesh spikers celebrate their straight sets win over Maldives in the Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in the capital yesterday. BVF photo

Bangladesh crushed Maldives by straight 3-0 sets in their second and last Group-A tie of the Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship 2018 and advanced to the semifinals as the group champions yesterday.

The hosts, the champions of the 2016, will lock horns with the winners of today’s Group-B match either Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan. in the first semifinal, while Turkmenistan will fight against Nepal in the second semifinals.

At the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur, defending champions Bangladesh started as favourite against Maldives, who failed to make any effective resistance against the home side. The local spikers were never behind the tourists what were obvious in their time-out stats such as 9-3, 15-5, 19-9 and 22-12. They claimed the 28-minute-long first set by 25-18 points.

The indoor stadium was packed with the home crowds most of whom were school and college going students, who were appeared in for the support of the local team. The venue was resonated with their emphatic shouts which were followed with the pace of the point of the home side.

Bangladesh triumphed the second set in style what they did by the same margin of 25-15 points.

In third set, Maldives attempted hard and soul to bounce back in the competition by displaying their all-out performance but the tournament’s favourite pocketed the set by 25-22 points after taking two successive points to the last moment.

The spikers of Bangladesh including captain Horosit Biswas and Mohasin Uddin grabbed the best spiker and most valuable spiker award respectively, while Ahmed Anil Naseer of the visiting Maldives received the best blocker award.

“We’re happy to win the match and progress to the semifinals as Group-A champion. Maldives was a better side. Today we did comparatively better than the opening match,” said Masud Hossain after the match.

“We have done some errors in servicing and hitting. We’ve to work on those areas before getting down in the semifinals because we have to play further better side in the next phase,” Masud told media.

“Today we had target to win the match by 3-0 margin what we could have done. Now our next target is to win the semifinal and then final in the proceedings. We’ve to take preparation for the next clash,” he added.

Earlier of the day, Turkmenistan roared past Uzbekistan by 3-1 sets in the contested third day fixture and cruised to the semifinals as the first the team in the six-team competition.

This is Turkmenistan’s second back-to-back victory what they started by mauling their central Asian neighbour Kyrgyzstan in their opening clash of the group phase and finished the group slot as champion.

The Turks brigade justified their favourite tag as they claimed the 27-minute-long first set by 25-18 points, in where Uzbekistan spikers did not make any resolute resistance what was expected from them.

This time Uzbekistan clawed back strongly and stood tall against Turkmenistan. Uzbekistan, who placed 114 in FIVB (the Federation Internationale de Volleyball) rankings, put them ahead in the first and second strategical time-out. Later they fell behind Turkmenistan in the third but they returned to the fourth and finally won the 37-minute-long second set by 28-26 points to level the margin.

In third set, the Uzbek spikers were resisted by Turks though the latter struggled hard to maintain their rhythm and finally prevailed over their next door neighbour by 25-22 points.

En route to their semifinals, Turkmenistan did not allow its opposition to play the fifth set as they defended them and defeated by 25-18 points.

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