Bangkok, Thailand, June 15, 2019 – Kazakhstan salvaged the bronze medal in the men’s tournament of the 2019 ParaVolley Asia Oceania Sitting Volleyball Championships at the Huamark Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Kazakhstan emerged victorious in their bronze medal encounter with Korea, posting a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-21) finish. The Kazakhs, prior to the encounter, earned four victories in six matches, including their straight-set triumph against Korea on the final day of preliminaries.
Kazakhstan put their big man Alexandr Demeuov in the forefront of their offence and defence, starting an intimidating run that put their side with a huge 10-point lead at 17-7. Korea managed to bring the lead down but Kazakhstan fought back and established a good position to reach the end of the set with the same 10-point edge.
Kazakhstan started an 8-0 run before Korea were able to put a stop to their powerful offence. Korea managed to get in some good swings against the Kazakh block, but the latter stayed persistent on offence and kept their pace to claim their second set victory at 25-13.
The Kazakhs kept their momentum, as they served strong against the Korean defenders in the third set. By the second technical timeout, Kazakhstan have already doubled their output against their rivals’ score 16-8. Korea gave the Kazakhs a scare as they managed to cut down the lead to within three points down the final stretch 24-21, but a strong swing at the middle from Kazakhstan completed the sweep.