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Suntory Sunbirds Stun at FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship

by WoV

In a remarkable opening day at the 2023 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Club World Championship in Bengaluru, India, Japan’s Suntory Sunbirds achieved a stunning victory. The team outplayed Türkiye’s Halkbank Spor Kulübü in Pool B, setting a strong pace for a semifinal spot. Meanwhile, in Pool A, Brazil’s Itambé Minas defeated the Ahmedabad Defenders, the first Indian team in the tournament.

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The Sunbirds, reigning Asian champions, faced Halkbank’s formidable lineup, including stars Earvin Ngapeth and Nimir Abdel-Aziz, but emerged victorious with a 3-0 win. Cuban player Alain Junior ‘AJ’ De Armas was pivotal in the Sunbirds’ success, scoring 15 points. 

The day also saw Brazil’s Itambé Minas defeat Ahmedabad Defenders, making a strong case in Pool A. Michael Sanchez Bozhulev, a Cuban opposite in the Brazilian team, significantly contributed to Minas’ win. With the top teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals, the tournament promises intense competition ahead

Pool A

  • Ahmedabad Defenders vs. Itambé Minas 0-3 (22-25, 23-25, 19-25)
Standings provided by Sofascore

Pool B

  • Halkbank Spor Kulübü vs. Suntory Sunbirds 0-3 (23-25, 23-25, 16-25)
Standings provided by Sofascore

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