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Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 15, 2017 – Iran overcame a serious threat from New Zealand to pull off a hard-fought 3-0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-20) win in their preliminary Pool D match at the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Monday.

The Iranians, who stormed past Malaysia in straight sets in their opening match the previous day, repeated the similar feat on Monday. The straight-set win over New Zealand handed Iran a spot at the round of the last eight teams.

Fatemeh Amini scored 15 points for Iran including 12 attacks and 3 aces, while Farnaz Saei Esfahani added 10 points. Alice Zeimann collected 17 points for New Zealand including 11 kills and 5 ace serves.

“New Zealand played a good match against us. I gave them the thumbs up for the good fight. They caused us some problems, but fortunately we won. We are very happy to win this match and move up to the round of last eight teams to play both Japan and Vietnam. Certainly, it is going to be very tough for us. We will have to analyze their games and hope we will have a good result,” Iran’s head coach Sedighi Sima said.

New Zealand suffered straight two losses and have already been relegated to the 9th -13th classification round.


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