Cheers and thunderous applause echoed throughout the court yesterday as Malaysia sweeps the Men’s Volleyball finals against Sri Lanka, winning both sets with scores of 25-12 and 25-17 respectively. At the same time, Egypt came out on top in a competitive match against India in a battle for the bronze.
Sri Lanka puts up an intense fight against Malaysia, the eventual victors.
Malaysia vs Sri Lanka
Malaysia began their first set with a bang, not wasting any time by going straight for the kill with jump serves and explosive spikes to overwhelm the Sri Lankan team.
Both teams’ game play were consistent with few faults, though missteps like spiking outside the boundary and amusingly, under the net were seen.
The second volleyball set was more competitive as Sri Lanka persevered, struggling to keep the ball in play. Malaysia was stronger however and managed to achieve game point in a short time.
The exciting match ended on a rousing note as the Malaysian server scored the last point, earning the country another gold.
The unity and teamwork were evident by the athletes’ comments about the other team’s play and the display of sportsmanship between the Malaysian and Sri Lankan teams throughout the match.
I think a team is as good as the individual players, only as good as the weakest link also, so there’s no strongest player, you all get equally ripped.
– Matthew Wong Chi Siang, captain of team Malaysia
It was a good game actually. We didn’t expect to score this much against Malaysia, but then we got our team together and I think we played our best game in the whole tournament.
– Sri Lanka
Egypt vs India
India played a strong game in the first set with consistent serves and teamwork, easily beating the still rough-around-the-edges Egyptian team at 25-13. Egypt started to catch up towards the end of the set but lost an equal number of points to India through faults. Still, the spectators were amused at an unconventional receive by Egypt’s captain Mohammed Tarek. Now that’s using your head!
The next two sets saw Egypt starting to become more familiar with their team chemistry. Their comeback was achieved through aggressive tosses which overcame India’s relatively weaker receives. However, India still persisted to rouse the team spirit with determination.
Team captain Pranav Rawlani notably came through by constantly keeping the ball in the air during the second set. The Egyptian team was visibly agitated with his relentless tosses and dumps to the other side of the net. Despite this, Egypt won the second set 25-21.
India’s captain, Pranav Rawlani, is pictured here in the midst of a motivational team huddle to discuss strategy and their next moves.
During the intense third volleyball set, the two teams were initially neck-and-neck but the momentum began to shift and Egypt won the set and match by 15-7. This match will definitely be remembered as a highly charged game.
We won the first game and it was good, but in the next few games we couldn’t keep up the momentum. [The Egyptian team] grouped themselves well and they got back into the game through sheer will. They are good. I have respect for them.
– Saleem Thariq Nawaz, India
It was very hard. We lost the first half and we focused on our mistakes and focused on our strong points, shooting very hard to win the strikes which is how we managed to end the game.
– Amr Wahba, Egypt
The battle for the bronze was no less riveting than the Malaysia-Sri Lanka match, and both teams made sure to give it their all throughout the game.
Silver: Sri Lanka
Fourth place: India
Written by Nabilah Alshari
Photographed by Kuan Meng Xian