Thailand and Bahrain arrange an highly-anticipated last showdown of the 2023 AVC Challenger Cup for Males after demolishing Vietnam and Korea respectively to struggle for the eventual title on this prestigious match and their unprecedented berth within the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup later this month.
Seven groups have already certified for the 2023 FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup between July 26 and 30 in Doha comprising Chile, Dominican Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, China, the lowest-ranked Challenger workforce of the present version of the VNL, and hosts Qatar. Just one spot from the on-going AVC Problem Cup for Males in Taipei will fill the remaining area, making it prepared for the fully-fledged eight groups to struggle for the lone promotion ticket at stake to compete within the 2024 version of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Contesting the Rating 1-6, which served as a do-or-die semifinal conflict on the College of Taipei Corridor on Friday, Thailand, present world No.60 and former consecutive four-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Video games champions, produced a comeback 3-1 (20-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-15) win in opposition to world No.56 Vietnam.
The distinctive victory not solely allowed Thailand a chance to struggle for the eventual title within the eight-day match in Taipei which can assure them the ultimate spot on the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup in Qatar, but additionally a profitable revenge match for his or her beautiful 0-3 loss to the Vietnamese aspect within the bronze medal match within the thirty second SEA Video games in Cambodia early this yr.
Anut Promchan chipped in with 17 factors from 16 assaults and one ace for Thailand, whereas Anurak Phanrum and Thanathat Thaweerat saved good firm so as to add 14 and 12 factors respectively.
Within the Saturday’s last showdown, Thailand will face off in opposition to world No.74 Bahrain, which maintained their exceptional run following their dramatic victories in opposition to world No.37 Australia and world No.32 Korea of their final two matches.
Australia and Korea have been the one two groups in Taipei which competed within the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, with the previous contesting the 2018, 2019 and 2021 editions and the latter strutting their stuff within the 2018 episode.
On Friday, Mohamed Abdulla Yaqoob scored a match-high 23 factors to steer Bahrain to the hard-fought straight-set 35-33, 25-23, 25-20 win within the action-packed semifinal encounter in opposition to formidable Korea, which picked up bronze medal on the final yr’s FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup on dwelling soil.
Yaqoob’s heroic motion handed Bahrain 23 essential factors from 18 assaults, team-leading 3 blocks and a pair of aces, whereas Heo Subong scored 21 factors on the Korea’s beautiful loss.
Within the thrilling clashes for Rating 7-12 earlier, world No.68 Kazakhstan powered previous hosts Chinese language Taipei in intense straight units 25-22, 25-23, 25-23.
Ilya Tavolzhanskiy and Vladislav Kunchenko bagged 12 factors apiece for Kazakhstan, whereas Chang Yu-Sheng led the house workforce with 18 factors.
Mongolia additionally made their mark with a terrific comeback of their powerful match in opposition to Philippines. The decided Mongolians misplaced the primary two units 17-25, 23-25 to bounce again mightily to win the remaining three units 25-23, 25-22, 15-12 in exhausting 129 minutes.
Battur Batsuuri was on hearth, scoring large 31 factors from 29 assaults, one block and one ace for Mongolia. Steven Charles Rotter topscored with 24 factors for Philippines, with Marck Jesus Espejo including 21 on the workforce’s dropping effort.
Hong Kong, China had a discipline day on Friday as they pulled off a cushty straight-set 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 win in opposition to Macao, China.
Tam Chun Ho Damian bagged 14 factors together with 11 assaults for Hong Kong, China, whereas Chan Ka Lon led Macao, China with 10 factors.
On Saturday, the ultimate day of the topflight match, Chinese language Taipei will tackle Philippines and Kazakhstan play Mongolia within the Rating 7-12, whereas the Rating 1-6 encounters see Indonesia problem Australia, Vietnam go up in opposition to Korea and Thailand face off in opposition to Bahrain, which can determine the eventual title of the match and the ultimate spot for the FIVB Volleyball Challenger Cup in Qatar.
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