2/15/2017 8:28:11 AM



TWO-TIME runners-up Police clinched their maiden Qatar League title last week after the match between Al Arabi and El Jaish went to five sets. 

Arabi beat El Jaish 23-25, 25-15, 26-24, 15-25, 15-9 at the Qatar Sports Club Indoor Hall last week, but they needed to win the match at least by a 3-1 margin to have any mathematical chance of retaining the title. 

And two-time runners-up Police, who beat former champions Rayyan 25-17, 25-16, 26-24, thus took an unassailable lead of 51 points. Police will take on Arabi on Wednesday.

Arabi have only 47 points from 19 matches while Jaish, who got one from their five-set loss, could increase their tally to 49 from 20 games.

Coached by Argentinian Damian Arredondo, the Cops looked formidable right from the start of season and have lost just twice — to Al Rayyan in the first phase and Jaish in the second.

Outside hitter Mads Ditlevsen, a member of Denmark’s 2012 Olympic and 2014 European Championship teams, was one of the stars for them while Qatar internationals — Nadr Aboubacker and Chigbo John — proved that there could be no substitute for experience.

Meanwhile, Rayyan parted ways with long-standing Croatian coach Igor Arbutina and replaced him with Brazilian Carlos Schwanke. 

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