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Qatar, Oman, UAE advance to second round of 2010 Men's World Volleyball Championship

Players from Qatar celebrate their victory over Oman
Muscat, Oman, May 4, 2009 - Formidable Qatar beat host Oman 3-1 in the final match of Asian first-round Pool C play at the FIVB Men's World Volleyball Championship at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex (SQSC) here Monday to place first in their pool.
The home side put in a spirited show against their superior opponents, winning a set, but eventually suffered a 24-26, 19-25, 26-24, 23-25 loss.

All three participating teams, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE)--who were beaten by both Oman and Qatar--were assured of berths in the second round scheduled for later this month after Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia pulled out of the competition.

Oman and Qatar went into the last match with the sole aim of topping their group and ensuring a spot in an easier pool in the second round. And it was Qatar who succeeded in their mission, while Oman had to settle for second place.

Qatar will now be placed in Pool E against Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Tougher opponents in the form of Iran, India and Pakistan await Oman in Pool D, but the Sultanate squad still has a decent shot at making it to the final round as two teams will advance from the pool. UAE will go to Taipei to play Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei and Tonga in Pool F.

Though disappointed with the outcome, Oman coach Nasser al Miqbali said he was satisfied with his team’s overall performance at the tournament, and sounded optimistic about their chances in the next round.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Nasser al Mibali said: "The boys really played well in the two matches. I am really proud of the way they played throughout. It has been an encouraging performance that gives us hope in the next round.

"It is going to be a tough group with very strong teams like Iran, but I should add that India and Pakistan are on the same level as Qatar. I am confident of our boys doing well and booking a berth in the final round.

"Qatar are a very strong side. They have very tall and talented players. Our boys matched them in every department. We made some mistakes at crucial times and that cost us the match. But my congratulations to Qatar: They were the better side today," he added.

Qatar coach Igor Arbutina also had praise for the Omanis. "Oman had some injury concerns but despite that they fought valiantly today and let me say they were not easy to beat. My boys had to give their best to achieve this victory," said the Croatian.
The first round of Asian competition consists of three pools, with the winners of Pool A, the top two teams from Pool B and the top three from Pool C entering the second round.
Tonga finished first in Pool A, while Pakistan and Bangladesh placed first and second in Pool B.
Two teams from Pool D and the winners from Pool E and F will advance to the third and final Asian round, where they will fight it out with Australia, China, Japan and South Korea for four berths at the 2010 World Championship in Italy.
Final results:
Oman beat UAE 3-2 (28-30, 25-13, 25-21, 18-25, 18-16)
Qatar beat UAE 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-18)
Qatar beat Oman 3-1 (26-24, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23)

Final standings:
Qatar 2-0 (4 points)
Oman 1-1 (3 points)
UAE 0-2 (2 points)

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