Taipei, Chinese Taipei: Qatar’s Rayyan claimed bronze at the 2019 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship after a 3-0 demolition of India’s Chennai Spartans in the third-place playoff at the University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium on Friday.
Suffering a bitter 2-3 loss to Panthers in the do-or-die semifinals the previous day, Al Rayyan came up with their splendid form against Spartans, the team they lost 2-3 in the pool round-robin preliminary match. The scintillating 25-23, 25-19, 25-16 win was sweet revenge for the Qataris.
Al Rayyan remained offensively strong with the likes of the 206cm-tall powerful hitter Kamil Rychlicki from Luxembourg, Brazilian Marcus Costa and Birama Faye, while the Indians were strengthened by Latvian Sorokins Ruslans, hard-attacking Vinith Jerome and Raja Naveen.
Rychlicki led Al Rayyan with 20 points including 17 kills and team-leading 2 blocks, while Vinith Jerome was the lone Indian player who scored double-digit 10 points for Spartans including 8 attacks from 18 attempts.
“We need some kinds of Championship like this to give us gain more experience. I think the third position in one big tournament like this is not that bad. Actually, we came here with just one mission, that is, we try to do the best every time. So, the best today is we took victory to win the third place,” said Rayyan coach Carlos Eduardo.