GRITTY IRAN STORM INTO QUARTER-FINALS WITH NEW HEIGHTS OF 15 IMPECCABLE ACES
Manama, Bahrain, July 25, 2018 – Superb performances from Pourya Yali and Morteza Sharifi led Iran to an exceptional 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 victory over India to book their berth in the round of top eight teams at the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at Isa Sport City Hall on Wednesday.
Pourya Yali and Morteza Sharifi scored 20 and 16 points including 5 and 4 aces respectively as Iran completed the task in comfortable straight sets. In the previous matches, the indomitable Iranians also proved too strong for the tough rivals as they pulled off straight-set wins over Korea and China.
It was a complete team effort for the Asian powerhouses, which received tireless contributions from the dynamic duo regarded by the coach as the pick of the bunch for the bright future of Iran Volleyball.
“India even played much better than yesterday. India have always been a challenge for Iran. Right now, they have some internal problems in their federations; otherwise, they can be one of the strongest teams to be reckoned with in Asia. Today, their receptions were not at their best and we also put pressure on them with impeccable serves,” Iran head coach Behrouz Ataei commented.
“In the opening of the first set, we did not take India seriously since it was our first morning match and we could not be adapted to the time. After the 13th point, we came back on our right track,” Pourya Yali, the best scorer of the match, said.
India were led by Sujoy Datta (7 points). The Indians had a number of players struggling to make an impact, including S V Guruprashanth, who scored 6 points. In service scoring skill, India recorded no point while Iran reached new heights of 15 impeccable aces.
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