Doha: Al Rayyan emerged as the Qatar League champions after their closest rivals, defending champions Police, were shocked by Al Ahli in straight sets.
Geraldo’s power-packed smashes did the trick for Ahli, who won 25-23, 25-16, 25-23 to dash Police’s hopes of taking their title defence to the last match.
Geraldo collected 21 of his 26 points from spikes and blocks.
Unbeaten Rayyan, who are assured of their ninth League title with 46 points from 16 wins, have got two more matches to play – against Al Ahli on April 4 and Police on April 7. Even if they lose both of them they would still be the champions on fewer losses than Police, who stumbled to their third defeat against Ahli.
Police are on 40 points while Al Arabi are third, on 37.
Rayyan were not having the best of times as two of their key players were banned by the QVA for eight matches and one for three matches as punishment for an on-court brawl last week after they defeated Qatar Sports Club in a cliff-hanger.
Ahli and Police would have given them severe tests in the last couple of matches, but the former did them a great favour by beating the latter.
For Police, Mads Ditlevsen was the best scorer with 18 points.
In another match, Al Gharafa Club defeated Al Sadd Club in four sets by 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22.
Al Ahli Club beat Police 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-23)
Al Gharafa Club beat Al Sadd Club 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-22 25-22)