Wuhan, China, October 23, 2019 – Korea outclassed Canada in straight sets to top Pool B with a remarkable unbeaten 4-0 record as Venezuela suffered a 1-3 loss to reigning champions Brazil on Day 4 to finish fourth in Pool A with a 0-4 record in the 7th CISM Military World Games Men’s Volleyball Tournament here at Jianghan University Gymnasium on Wednesday.

IRI b NED 3-0 (25-5, 25-12, 25-15)

The curtain of the fourth matchday was raised by the Netherlands and Iran, which witnessed a one-sided beginning as Iran soon cruised to a commanding 16-2 lead at the second technical timeout. The Dutchmen seemed to lose their focus of the match while the Iranians went along by free wind with zero resistance before they ended the set 25-5 in a short time.

In the second set, the Netherlands provided very much the same disappointing performance with no organized attacks and weak accuracy in spiking, seeing the Iranians close out the set 25-12.

In the third set, Iran’s overwhelming dominance continued through their well-functional teamwork compared to the sluggish response from the Netherlands. Without any doubt, Iran clinched the third set comfortably 25-15 and match in 65 minutes.

BRA b VEN 3-1 (25-16, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19)

Recovering from their 0-3 loss to China on the previous day, title-holders Brazil shocked Venezuela from the beginning with their momentum soaring among the team members. Relying on their destructive spikes, Brazil soon established comfortable 8-3 and 16-11 leads at the first and the second technical timeouts. Facing a tough Brazilian side, Venezuela yielded the first set 16-25.

In the second set, Venezuela traded leads with Brazil through their resistance and more fierce attacking while Brazil responded with excellent blocks. Each team took the best advantage of the situation to gain the lead. After the second technical timeout which they were leading 16-14, Brazil gained the upper hand and closed out the set 25-19.

With their backs against the wall, Venezuela struggled hard in the third set. Thanks to the excellent performance of Rodriguez Emerson, Venezuela matched the powerful opponents tactically, surpassed them after the second technical timeout to finally register the third set win 25-23.

Brazil came back stronger to take control of the match as they defended brilliantly and blocked almost everything the rival could throw to them. Though Venezuela fielded a strong lineup led by star spiker Rodriguez Emerson, who scored a match-high 26 points, they still failed to turn things around due to some errors. Led by Muniz Daniel with a team-high 19 points, Brazil concluded the set 25-19 for the eventual 3-1 win.

QAT b FRA 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-22)

France and Qatar both tried to oppose pressure on each other with the score tied at the beginning of the first set. Led by Oughlaf Youssef, Qatar upped their tempo and went on their attacking in time, leaving no much time for France to react, and broke the tie to lead. Though France attempted to perform a turnaround at the latter phase, Qatar managed to take over the first set 25-22 following a service error from the opponents.

The second and third sets showed similar pattern where France and Qatar traded leads from the start in a nip and tuck situation before Qatar sped up to win 25-19 and 25-22

Oughlaf Youssef bagged a match-high 22 points for Qatar followed by Ilija Ivoic with 15 points. Adrien Gueru and Mathieu Montella led France with 11 points apiece.

KOR b CAN 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19)

In the first set, Korea scored the first point after a long rally and then widened the gap to 16-12 lead at the second technical timeout. With exceptional attacks from highly-skilled Jung Suyong and Ahn Woojae, Korea took the first set comfortably 25-16.

The fast, changeful and piercing attacks of Korea produced big troubles to Canada as the latter struggled to cope with the former’s rhythm. The Canadians soon surrendered the remaining two sets 17-25 and 19-25.

Jung Suyong chipped in with a match-high 14 points, followed by Heo Subong and Ham Hyeongjin with 12 and 11 points respectively.

The 7th CISM Military World Games Men’s Volleyball Tournament features the final preliminary round on Thursday to determine the final ranking in each pool. Wuhan, the capital of Hunan Province and the largest city of China central area, was granted the right in May 2015 to host the 7th CISM Military World Games 2019. This is for the first time that China hosted the CISM World Games. The Games were open on October 18 and will be closed on October 27.

10:00 QAT vs VEN 3-0 (27-25,25-22,25-21)
13:30 IRI vs KOR 1-3 (18-25,26-24,18-25,24-26)
15:30 PAK vs NED 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-15)
19:30 CHN vs FRA 3-0 (25-17,25-16,25-16)

10:00 BRA vs QAT 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-20)
13:30 KOR vs PAK 3-2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-12)
15:30 CAN vs IRI 1-3 (25-23, 18-25, 10-25, 14-25)
19:30 VEN vs CHN 0-3 (16-25, 13-25, 21-25)

10:00 PAK vs CAN 3-0 (25-16,25-16,25-20)
13:30 FRA vs VEN 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-22, 26-24)
15:30 NED vs KOR 0-3 (16-25, 9-25, 12-25)
19:30 CHN vs BRA 3-0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-15)

10:00 NED vs IRI 0-3 (5-25, 12-25, 15-25)
13:30 VEN vs BRA 1-3 (16-25, 19-25, 25-23, 19-25)
15:30 FRA vs QAT 0-3 (22-25, 19-25, 22-25)
19:30 KOR vs CAN 3-0 (25-16,25-17,25-19)

10:00 BRA vs FRA
13:30 CAN vs NED
15:30 IRI vs PAK
19:30 QAT vs CHN

10:00 VEN vs 5th Pool B
12:00 3rd Pool A vs 4th Pool B
14:00 3rd Pool B vs 4th Pool A
16:00 KOR vs 2nd Pool A
19:30 1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool B

10:00 7th-8th playoff
13:30 5th-6th playoff
15:30 Bronze medal match
19:30 Gold medal match

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