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Pakistan down Hong Kong to qualify for 21st Asian Volleyball Championship quarter-finals

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CHIBA, Japan: Pakistan today made it to the quarter-finals when they defeated Hong Kong 3-1 in their second Group B outing of the 21st Asian Men’s Senior Volleyball Championship at the Chiba Port Arena in Japan.

After winning the first set 25-16, Pakistan got relaxed in th second set and they had to pay the price for that as Hong Kong troubled them and snatched from them the set 26-24 to make it 1-1.

However at this stage Pakistan planned differently and came hard on their opponents in the third and fourth sets and secured 25-11, 25-12 victories to seal a 3-1 eventual win. Usman did a marvellous job for the winners through his power-spiking, scoring 20 points. Skipper Aimal Khan made 15 points while Mubashir Raza and Abdul Zaheer also did well by managing 13 and ten points respectively in their respective zones.

For Hong Kong Chin To Au top-scored with ten points while Tam Chun Ho managed eight points. Poon Chi Leung and Yin Chun scored seven points each. This was the second successive win for Pakistan in their group as they had beaten Thailand 3-2 after a tough fight in Sunday’s opener.

Pakistan now with six points have made it to the quarter-finals stage which will be held on a round robin system.

Meanwhile in the other Group B game on Monday Iran defeated Thailand in straight sets to also make it to the quarter-finals. The set score was 25-17, 25-12 and 25-18. Meanwhile it was again a poor day for India as they were subjected to their second straight defeat, this time by Qatar, who won the fixture 3-0, which means India are now out of the quarter-finals. The set score was 25-22, 25-14 and 25-20.

Qatar, with two wins, qualified for the quarter-finals along with the record nine-time winners and Asia’s top team Japan who also defeated Bahrain 3-1, their second straight victory from two games. The set score was 25-23, 17-25, 23-25, 16-25 in favour of Japan, who is the world’s tenth top team as per world’s rankings.

Similarly, China and Australia qualified for the quarter-finals from Group C following their second straight wins.

China, three-time champions, prevailed over Uzbekistan 3-0 with the set score of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-10 while Australia defeated Kuwait 3-0 with the set score being 25-21, 25-14 and 25-9.

Chinese Taipei and South Korea made it to the quarter-finals stage from Group D following wins on Monday, their second straight. Chinese Taipei defeated Saudi Arabia 3-0 with the set sore being 25-15, 25-16 and 25-17.

Similarly, four-time champions South Korea downed Kazakhstan 3-0 with the set score of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-16 to make it to the last eight stage.

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