Doha, Qatar, November 5, 2009- Paykan of Iran secured the second ticket of Pool B to the semi-finals of the 2009 Men’s Club World Championship following their straight sets victory over Al Arabi of Qatar 25-23, 25-19, 25-14 here at Aspire Zone indoor hall in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.
Out of the Paykan squad two players played the greatest role in the victory who are the setter Amir Hosseini and the opposite Mohammad Kazaem who topped scorer with 14 point. Ahmed Abdel Hay was Arabi scorer (13 points).
Al Arabi head coach replaced his main setter Abdalla Ahmed by Samir Al Salami who led his team with the efficient combinations to lead 16-15 at the STT after a group of spikes from the opposite Ahmed Abdel hay from position 2 and Mohamed Jumah from position 4. Paykan struggled to come back through improving their block against the opponent’s attack and Mohammad Kazem did a good job also in spiking position 2. The set went a very critical part at the end when Kazem and Arash Kamalvand led their team to win the decisive points to win the set 25-23.
The second set featured more concentration in the Iranian side as the setter Amir Hisseini created a lot of chances to his team with his combinations. Paykan made another pressure upon the Qatar team attackers through the tight block that led to several attacking mistakes and they succeeded to lead 8-3 at the FTT. With the frequent mistakes in spiking of Al Arabi team, Paykan went through to extend their lead 16-7 at the STT. Arabi fought back aggressively as Jumah and Abel hay sent their unstoppable hits that decreased the point deficit to 19-16. Paykan returned back on time through the combinations of Hosseini to win the set 25-19.
The third set again showed full dominance due to the improper backline defense of Arabi and that allowed them to win the set comfortably 25-14