/Qatar beach volleyball team qualify to second round of Yangzhou Tournament

Qatar beach volleyball team qualify to second round of Yangzhou Tournament

Yangzhou, China, Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse made a late run in the third set to win 2-1 (21-19, 16-21, 15-10) against China's Gao Peng and Ha Likejiang in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Yangzhou 4-star.

After losing their first match in the pool play round, Ahmed Tijan and Younousse's game started to pick up when they posted a 2-1 (26-24, 18-21, 15-8) win over Italy's Marco Caminati and Enrico Rossi.

In their second match, the Chinese pair led in the third set 8-5, but the Qataris became more consistent and coherent in their plays and staged a 10-2 run, snatching set and match.

It was a good match and an important match for us," Cherif said. We had a bad start in the competition, so that was our wake up call. We had a nice fight against Italy in the morning and we also had a good one against China.

The third set was very tight. It was tied at 5-5 and then suddenly they were leading 8-5. We had to do something and it was sort of a go hard or go home situation, so we fought back. I even did a miracle ace and I think that broke their momentum."

We communicated very well and we were mentally strong coming into this match," Ahmed Tijan said. We didn't give up and we kept fighting. In the end, it was our opponents who gave up."

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee