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Bahrainis down Kuwait to stay on course.

BAHRAIN stayed on course towards winning the volleyball championship gold medal in the First GCC Games (Bahrain 11), defeating Kuwait 3-1 (24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 25-22) yesterday.

A sensational comeback, led by two-metre spiker Fadhel Abbas, proved decisive for the home team who overcame a shaky start to emerge winners in yesterday's crunch clash.

The match, held at Isa Sports City's Arena in Riffa, ended with Bahrain recording their successive victory in this six-team single round robin championship.

Bahrain's experienced coach Nizar Al Shakili of Tunisia used the superior individual skills and outstanding efforts of his players to recover from an unstable beginning and secure this four-set game in one hour and 55 minutes.

Also making key contributions to this victory was Jassim Al Nabhan, Bahrain's only professional who plays in Italy's Serie A league.

Bahrain were also spearheaded by Al Nasser Club trio skipper Sadeq Ebrahim, Hassan Dahi and Younes Abdulkarim, besides Mirza Abdulla and libero Ayman Haroona, who both play for Dar Kulaib Club.

Kuwait, who lost their opener 0-3 (23-25, 17-25, 23-25) to Oman before coming back to the competition with a 3-1 (25-24, 18-25, 25-13, 25-16) victory over Saudi Arabia, were handed their second defeat, which saw their title hopes go up in smoke.

The result put Bahrain on top of the table, ahead on set point difference against Qatar, who registered a hard-fought 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-13) victory over Oman in a match that lasted for over two hours.

Qatar are also on six points from three games, while Oman's chances in the competition vanished as they suffered their second straight defeat, while winning their opener against Kuwait.

In yesterday's third match, Saudi Arabia revived their medal chances with a 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20) win against the UAE.

STANDINGS

P W L F A Pts

Bahrain 3 3 0 9 2 6

Qatar 3 3 0 9 3 6

Oman 3 1 2 6 6 4

KSA 3 1 2 4 7 4

Kuwait 3 1 2 4 7 4

UAE 3 0 3 2 9 3

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
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Date:Oct 19, 2011
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