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FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15 - 21 December 2010

 Press Release
Paykan of Iran book ticket to FIVB World Men’s Club Championship

Iran's Paykan wore down Al-Arabi of Qatar 3-1 (26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19) in the final

Zhenjiang, China, June 13, 2010 – Sunday’s championship match at the Zhenjiang Gymnasium set the stage for a showdown of Asian Club Volleyball supremacy, with Paykan of Iran emerging from the four-set match win to take the title at the 2010 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship. The Iranian victory marked the fifth the Iranian club to stand on the top podium of this prestigious championship since 2006 and also qualified Paykan to represent Asia at the FIVB World Club Volleyball Championship due to be held in Doha, Qatar from December.

Paykan finished fourth at last year's FIVB Men's World Club Championship.

In the last match of the day, defending champion Iran's Paykan wore down Al-Arabi of Qatar 3-1 (26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-19). It was an even match from the start. Both teams tied from 2-2 to 23-all after Paykan established a 4-1 run and rallied to the opening win at 26-24.

In the second set, Paykan erased an 7-11 deficit to level it at 12-all. The two sides traded leads before Paykan pulled away with a 4-1 run for an unshakable 24-22 lead and M.Nejad's ace held Paykan lead the game at 2-0.

Al-Arabi finally got its offense going at the start of the third set and led at 10-4. They then went on to take one set back at 25-22. But Paykan build a 6-0 lead at the fourth set, Al-Arabi fought hard to cut the deficit to 17-21, but only saw the Iran team ran to the final victory with a 4-2 run to win the set.

Mojtaba Shaban collected 27 points from 37 attempts for Paykan to lead the game, Javad M.Nejad added 11 and Ghaemi Farhad 9


“We made a big step, we played like a team," said A.R. Moameri, head coach of Paykan, "The strong point was our services and we are played better than our rivals, ." adding "We have two teams from western Asia in the finals, that means the dominance of east Asia teams is no longer exist." added the coach.

 In the bronze medal match,, Panasonic Panthers from Japan took a sweet revenge over Shanghai of China to take the third place of the tournament. They produced an outstanding performance to demolish China's Shanghai 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-19).

Shanghai, who beat their Japanese rivals 3-1 in the group stage, started bravely against the Panthers by taking the early lead at 3-1, but failed to maintain their momentum and lost the opening set 25-27. In the second set, Shanghai got off again to a good start, jumping to a 13-10 in the second set. But the Japanese fought back soon with an amazing 6-0 run to overtake the lead at 16-13 to enter the second technical time out and kept their advantage till the end of the set. In the third set, the Japanese continued their momentum with Kunihiro Shimizu having four kills and Tatsuya Fukuzawa adding four to secure the set for the Panthers.

"We made same mistakes as last game against Al-Arabi, " said Wang Jian, head coach of Shanghai, "Our receptions were really bad today, which we could not organized efficient attacking."

"We lost to Shanghai in the group stage of the tournament, which we made a lot of mistakes in our defense. So we paid much attention today tried not to make same mistakes." said Panther's head coach M.Nambo.

"Shanghai have very high blockers, so we have to produce powerful serves to destroy their reception. I am glad we made it today." he said.

In the playoff match for the fifth place, Alexandr Stolnikov and Dmitrity Gorbatkov combined a total of 22 points to handle Federbrau of Thailand a 3-1(25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-17) defeat to finish fifth.

Indonesia BNI 46 from Indonesia comfortably won against feisty AWC from Myanmar in straight sets (25-21, 25-13, 27-25) to take the ninth position Indonesia’s captain Ngo Van Kieu contributed a team-high 19 points for Indonesia’s victory while AWC’s Win Tun established a match-high 22 points in the match..

Individual Awards
• MVP: Akbari Peyman (Paykan)
• Best scorer: Christian Pampel (Al-Arabi)
• Best atyacker: Fukuzawa Tatsuya (Panasonic Panthers)
• Best server: Hidalgo Salvador (Al-Arabi)
• Best blocker: Mohamed Ibrahim (Al-Arabi)
• Best setter: Al-Hitmi Saed (al-Arabi)
• Best Libero: Nguten Xuan Thanh (Sports center 1)

Final Team Rankings:
1. Paykan (IRI)
2. Al-Arabi (QAT)
3. Panasonic Panthners (JPN)
4. Shanghai (CHN)
5. Almaty (KAZ)
6, Federbrau (THA)
7. Sports Center 1 (VIE)
8. AWC (MYA)
9. Indonesia BNI 46 (INA)
10. Uzbektelecom (UZB)

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