Sri Lanka Ports Authority qualified for the final 8 round after finishing 2nd in Pool B of the 2019 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship played in Taipei, Chinese Taipei.
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Ports Authority qualified for the tournament after becoming champions of the 2018 Sri Lankan National League (Munchee National Volleyball Championship). Sri Lanka were drawn in Pool B along with Shahrdari Varamin (Iran), Polri Samator (Indonesia) & Galkan (Turkmenistan).
Last year the Sri Lanka National Team participated in the tournament as Lanka Lions where they finished in 7th place.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority v Galkan
Their first game against Galkan, Ports Authority went the distance, finishing 3-2 in favor of Ports. It was in fact Galkan who were leading 0-2 at the end of the opening two sets, winning 22-25 & 20-25 however, Ports Authority staged a magnificent comeback to win the next three sets 25-22, 25-21 & 15-12.
For Ports, Janitha Surath led the way, scoring 30 points – with 25 spikes, 3 aces & 2 blocks. Lasindu Methmal Wasanthapriya scored 18-points with spikes while Malith Dinidu scored 13.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority v Polri Samator
This game too went to 5-sets which Ports won 3-2. The Indonesians won the 1st set 20-25 before the Sri Lankans responded winning the next two 25-22 & 26-24. Ports lost the next set 24-26 setting up a thrilling final set. In the 5th, Ports were able to win 15-10.
Once again it was Janitha Surath who scored the highest points with 27, from 21 spikes, 4 blocks & 2 aces. Lasindu Methmal had 24-points from 20 spikes, 3 blocks & 1 ace.
Sri Lanka Ports Authority v Shahrdari Varamin
Ports Authority were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the Iranian champions Shahrdari Varamin. Ports lost the 1st set rather tamely 25-17 but gave a good fight in the next two sets only to lose 25-21 & 25-21. Janitha scored 17-points for the losers with 15 spikes & 2 aces.