Hosts Bangladesh took a giant stride towards the tournament semi-finals by pounding Maldives by 3-0 sets and emerged as Group A champions in the Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone Volleyball Championship-2018 in a key match at Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on Monday.
The defending champions completely dominated the opponent by 25-15 points in the first two sets.
Maldives kept their fighting approach to bounce back which saw they were ahead at one stage in the third set but hosts kept their calm and went their second time-out with 20-20 points. By the time played impressive and brilliantly blocked Maldives’ several smashes.
After a while, Bangladesh confirmed their second straight win of the tournament by winning the third set by 25-22 points.
Ahmed Ali Naseer from Maldives was adjudged the best blocker while Bangladesh’s captain Horosit Biswas was named the best spiker of the match.Mohosin Uddin was awarded the most valuable player of the match.
Bangladesh will face against the winner of the match between Kirghizstan and Uzbekistan in the semi-final on April 25. A packed stadium including thousands school girls witnessed the match to boost up Bangladesh team.
“Maldives block line was not so good and that’s why we could achieve the points comfortably. We had a defensive strategy in the first set and the decision paid off as we won the first two sets. We had poor receives in the third set which saw we lost some points,” Bangladeshi spiker Masud Hossain said after the match.
“Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan both are new in the tournament. We have a little experience against them. So far they are very strong opponent. We must be cautious in the first set and then go to attack later,” he added.
Earlier in the day’s first match, powerful Turkmenistan pulled off a 3-1 sets triumph over Uzbekistan to confirm semi-final spot as group champion in a key Group B match.
Turkmenistan took control in the first set with pulled off s 25-18 point triumph.
Uzbekistan however roared back in the second set by sealing 28-26 points win to level the set.
But Turkmenistan confirmed their semifinal spot by winning third and fourth set by 25-22 point and 25-18 point respectively.
Turkmenistan previously outplayed Kyrgyzstan by 3-0 sets in their first group B match.
Bangladesh have been grouped in Pool A alongside Maldives and Nepal while Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan make up Group B.
Nepal who saw defeat against holder Bangladesh in the tournament opener, kept their hopes alive by battering Maldives in their second match.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals. Both the last-four clashes will be held on Wednesday.