UAE women win Gulf volleyball title

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Skipper Fatima Hassan led from the front gaining the most valuable player award to hand UAE the title at the 2nd GCC Women’s Volleyball Championships that concluded on Monday at Al Wasl Club’s indoor hall, Emirates24/7 online reported on Tuesday.

The UAE captain was in sublime form at the net and also while positioned for defense as they beat Oman 3-0 (25-7, 25-7, 25-11) during the finale that left the host UAE to set unbeaten record at the end of this week-long competition.

Bahrain secured the second place with a 3-1 victory against Kuwait while Oman gained the third spot.

The hosts gained more spirit as Asma Ahmed took the award for best receiver while teammate Mona Abbas was given the best setter prize.

Secretary-General, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Ebrahim Abdul Malik, presented the winners with their medals in the presence of Dr. Ahmed Al Sharif, Secretary General, Dubai Sports Council, and Yousef Al Mulla, President of UAE Volleyball Association.

The UAE were the ultimate defending champions and they superbly performed in the championships while winning all four matches without dropping a set.

The hosts started off with a 3-0 win over Qatar, defeated Bahrain by the same score-line the following day and with a hammering score set of 3-0 they won against Kuwait and finally sunk neighbors Oman to successfully defend their title without a hassle.

However, Saudi Arabia was the only team missing from the six-member countries belonging to the Gulf region during the second edition of this competition.

The championships was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
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