IRAN’s Matin Varamin totally outplayed Vietnam’s Duc Long Gai Lai, 25-17, 25-16, 25-15, on Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship.
Shahram Mahmoudi came up with 13 points, Alireza Nars Esfahani had 12 and Mostafa Sarifat scored 10 as Matin Varamin scored its second win in as many matches.
All but one player fielded in the match scored at least a point for Iran.
“We played excellent, not just the first six players but the bench players as well,” said Iran coach Daniele Bagnoli.
Iran's Italian mentor also lauded second stringers Mikaeil Tajer and Farjad Nazari Afshar, who had nine and six points, respectively.
“They played excellent specially the players that normally stay on the bench,” he said.
“Today we had the best result possible,” said Bagnoli, whose squad outdid Japan in spikes (42-22), blocks (9-1) and service (8-2).
Lebanon is also in the quarterfinals after downing Vietnam on Tuesday and Japan on Thursday.
Japan and Vietnam are both winless in two matches and are out of contention for the quarterfinals. The two teams, however, will still play on Friday, while Iran and Lebanon will face each other on Saturday.
Huu Ha Nguyen and Van Hann Nguyen each produced six points for the Vietnam squad.
Meanwhile, at the Cuneta Astrodome, Qatar’s Al-Rayyan dominated Kazakhstan’s Kondensat Zhaikmunay, 26-24, 25-22, 25-18, to stay unbeaten in two games in Pool C.
Cristian Savani came up with 17 points and Cala Gerardo Yosleyder had 16 markers on 10 spikes, three blocks and three service aces as the Qatar team handed Kazakhstan its first loss in three games.
Maxim Samarin paced the Kazakhs with 14 points, 11 coming off attacks.
In other matches, Turkmenistan scored its first win in three games, beating Oman’s Sohar, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-17, in Pool C.
Dawut Nuryyev scored 23 points for Turkmenistan, while Bahram Rozmetov, Merdan Azimov and Arslan Yazgulyyev had 11 points each.
Although Oman had the edge in attacks (54-52), Turkmenistan had twice as many blocks (12-6) and also took advantage of Oman’s errors (27-17).
Younis Alaamri scored 18 points for Oman, which slipped to a 1-1 win-loss record.