Gutsy Al Rayyan beat Police to clinch Super Cup title
11 Nov 2017 - 3:45
By Rizwan Rehmat / The Peninsula
Al Rayyan yesterday produced a gutsy performance to beat a powerful Police side 3-1 and lifted the Super Cup title at Qatar Volleyball Association’s (QVA) Indoor Hall.
Despite losing the first set in the hard-fought tussle, Al Rayyan - coached by Brazil’s Carlos Eduardo - hit back in fine style taking the one-off game in four sets 20-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-23 in 1 hour 49 minutes.
Al Rayyan, who contested three Super Cup finals in as many years, finally snapped their losing streak to bag their first title at the expense of Police who were coached Damian Arredondo of Argentina.
In an explosive start, Police launched the proceedings as title favourites on the strength of having the same core group of players and coach that was instrumental in their league winning campaign.
However, Emir Cup winners Al Rayyan Club remained composed despite losing the first set and relied on theirs youngsters for the victory.
Al Rayyan took the first time out with Police in lead at 8-7 which soon became 10-8 thanks to a couple of powerful serves from the league winners. Police were still in the lead at 16-13 when the time out was called by Al Rayyan. Seconds later, Police surged at 20-14 and eventually won at 25-20.
Al Rayyan picked up momentum in the second set leading 11-8 in the first few minutes of action.
The former champions continued with their form and held firm to seal the set at 25-23 after a few hiccups along the way at the recently-renovated QVA’s Indoor Hall.
With the momentum swing favouring the boys in red, Al Rayyan grabbed the third set at 25-22 to lead the final 2-1 after an hour of pulsating volleyball. Despite a bit of a struggle in the fourth set, Al Rayyan completed their impressive title win by bagging the final set at 25-23. Al Rayyan’s team official and former player Mubarak Eid said: “We won the Emir Cup and now we have clinched the Super Cup. The players had prepared really well. It’s is a good start to the new season. We have brought in new players who are not experienced and yet they played really well.”
He added: “It was a team effort. It was important to start the season on a winning note.”
QVA General Secretary Mohammed Al Mohannadi was present at the Super Cup game along with retired players Talal Al Rumaihi and Mohammed Salem Al Kaabi.