outbrain
Close  

Power Pinoys settle for 7th place

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 12:04 AM April 17, 2014

MUSTAFA Hameed Tababbar of Iran is blocked by Seed Ibrahim Mohame of Qatar in yesterday’s Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship finals match. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

MANILA, Philippines — Putting together a performance to remember, the Philippines’ PLDT Home TVolution Power Pinoys outlasted Lebanon’s Al-Zahraa Al Minaa, 25-19, 26-24, 13-25, 21-25, 15-13 , Wednesday for a historic seventh-place finish in the 2014 Asian Men’s Volleyball Championship ruled for the second straight year by Iran at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Finally showing the form that convinced volleyball officials to rebuild the forgotten men’s volleyball program, the Power Pinoys showed steely resolve in the face of Lebanon’s furious charge to come away with the pulsating victory that allowed the team to surpass its target in the prestigious 16-team tournament.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We were targeting the Top 8, but we placed higher that’s why I’m really proud of the team,” said Power Pinoys coach Francis Vicente, who also acknowledged the solid support of fans to the home team throughout the tournament.

Later, Iran’s Matin Varamin came from behind to beat a star-studded Al-Rayyan of Qatar, 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-16, and retain the title won by another Iranian side Kalleh Mazandaran last year.

FEATURED STORIES

The victory gave Matin Varamin—a first time participant in the tournament—the right to represent Asia in the FIVB World Club Championship in Brazil next month.

China’s Baic Motor prevailed over Kazakhstan’s Kondensat, 25-17, 25-14, 25-20, to finish third, while Chinese Taipei, represented by Taipei City, wound up fifth after a 25-22, 25-18, 25-19 demolition of Iraq’s South Gas Sports Club.

Underscoring his status as the team’s most important player for years to come, Alnakran Abdilla dished out a 25-point performance, including the match-winning kill.

Subscribe to Inquirer Sports Newsletter
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Alnakran Abdilla, Asian Men’s Volleyball Club Championship, Francis Vicente, Iran, Lebanon, Power Pinoys, Volleyball
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.