THOUGH Police had many heroes during their successful Qatar League campaign, Mads Ditlevsen stood out. The outside hitter, a member of Denmark’s 2012 Olympic and 2014 European Championship teams, provided the cutting edge for the Cops as they lifted their maiden crown.
Right from their first outing against Al Sadd in October which they won in straight sets to their last week’s hard-fought five-set victory against dethroned champions Al Arabi, Ditlevsen proved to be the club’s go-to man.
The 32-year-old moved to Police from Belgian club Antwerpen at the start of season, replacing last year’s hero William Diaz.
He made a quick impact and gelled well with senior player Chigbo John upfront and, as the season progressed, proved too strong for rival blockers.
Despite scoring a match-high 27 points against Arabi last week, Ditlevsen played down his role and credited his team.
“The team won, that’s important. We’re happy to clinch the league title for the first time. Though this match had nothing to do with the crown, we wanted to show that we’re a champion team and we did just that. I’m happy to have contributed my part to the team,” said Ditlevsen.
The Dane was the MVP even when Police beat Arabi in the first phase in December and he continued in the same tempo.
“I’m delighted that we could beat Arabi again. I want to thank my team-mates for their superb effort. I owe my success to them,” he added.