India coach believes there is room for improvement

Team won their second match of the 12th Sheikh Rashid International Volleyball Tournament, a thrilling four-set victory over Lebanon. 

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DUBAI // India won their second match of the 12th Sheikh Rashid International Volleyball Tournament, a thrilling four-set victory over Lebanon.

The four-time champions, who had subdued Pakistan 25-21, 25-16, 24-26, 25-17 on Friday night, won 25-18, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23 in a tense finish. Lebanon put up a stiff resistance but GE Sridharan, the India coach, believes his team failed to perform at the desired level.

"I cannot say we had a bad day," Sridharan said. "Our performance was not very good, but it was OK. We are happy we won the match. [On Friday] we went to sleep at 2am and we were back training at 9am [yesterday]. So the players did not get the recovery time they need." Mego Vokovetch, the Lebanon coach, was happy with the fight his players showed, given that they are using this tournament to get in shape for the Arab Championship, which starts in Egypt on October 28.

"I think this is our best performance against them," Vokovetch said.

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