Date: Apr 29, 2019
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Shahrdari Varamin of Iran on Friday claimed the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship, defeating the Panasonic Panthers of Japan in a five-set thriller 25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 20-25, 14-16, while Taichung Bank finished sixth.
Fayazi Damnani Purya registered 19 points and had two blocks for Shahrdari Varamin, while teammate Razipoor Mohammad contributed 16 points to their comeback win at the Tianmu Sports Center in Taipei.
Michal Kubiak was outstanding for the Panthers, with the Poland player chalking up 20 points, including 17 kills from 38 attempts as the Panthers went up two sets to nil.
However, the Iran club roared back to win the next two sets and set up the decider. The Panthers hit a return that went out of bounds on the match-winning point, sparking jubilation among the victors. [FULL STORY]