IRAN DOWN HOSTS CHINESE TAIPEI 3-0 TO SET UP FINAL CLASH OF THE TITANS AGAINST QATAR AT AVC CUP FOR MEN
Taipei, Chinese Taipei, August 14, 2018 – Iran made a step closer to retaining their title after brushing off hosts Chinese Taipei in three-setter 25-19, 25-20, 25-23 in the semi-finals of the 6th AVC Cup for Men at the University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The first set saw Chinese Taipei and Iran trade blows before Iran led 20-16 thanks to their impenetrable blocks. Iran allowed the rivals three more points to take the opener 25-19 with their aggressive services.
In the second set, a quick timeout called by Chinese Taipei due to their ineffective offense helped them catch Iran at 8-8 before Iranians advanced with four points clear at 12-8 by beautiful digs against threatening attacks from Chinese Taipei. Trailing in vain, Chinese Taipei went down the second set 25-20.
Boosted by home spectators’ support, Chinese Taipei led in the third set with two powerful spikes 7-5. Taking advantage in net faults produced by Chinese Taipei, Iran advanced again and remained irresistible. Iran wrapped up the set 25-23 and won the final berth.
“This was our second time to play Chinese Taipei. We played better on the court because we had done more analysis and got familiar with this great team, who beat Kazakhstan yesterday,” said Iran head coach Behrouz Ataei Nouri.
“We cared too much about reaching new heights (in AVC Cup for Men) to perform well on the court. Also, that is my bad thing to have insufficient instructions to the problems we met,” said Chinese Taipei head coach Chen Yu-an.
“Iran’s aggressive service troubled our reception so much that we could not spread our wings comfortably on the court. We should improve it tomorrow and regain our form,” said Tai Ju-chien, setter of Chinese Taipei.
Yali Porya scored match-high 16 points including 14 kills from 25 attempts and two blocks, while Salehi Meisam added 13 points including 12 kills from 20 attempts and an ace.
Chinese Taipei will go up against Japan on Wednesday to fight for the third place, with Qatar and Iran fighting for the championship.