Dhaka- Defending champions Bangladesh emerged Group A champions to reach the semifinal of the six-team Bangabandhu Asian Senior Men’s Central Zone International Volleyball Championship with all-win record beating the Maldives by straight 3-0 sets in their last group match at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium here on Monday.In the day’s vital match, hosts Bangladesh made a solid start beating the Maldives by 25-15 points in the first set, consolidated their victory beating them again by 25-15 points in the 2nd set and earned the convincing victory with 25-22 points in the 3rd and last set.
Earlier, Bangladesh made a flying start in the six-nation meet beating Nepal by 25-18, 25-14, 25-21 points (3-1 sets) in the opening match last Saturday.
Nepal also booked a seat for the semifinal as Group A runners-up beating the all losers Maldives by staright 3-0 sets earlier.
In the Monday’s other match, Turkmenistan confirmed the semifinal berth from Group B beating Kyrgyzstan by 3-1 sets at the same venue.
Kyrgyzstan will play Uzbekistan in Tuesday’s lone match at 4 pm.
Six countries, split into two groups, are initially taking part in the meet.
Participating countries are:
Group A – the Maldives, Nepal and hosts Bangladesh Group B – Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan,UNB