PUNE, India (Aug. 2, 2009) - Iran topped Pool B with its third straight victory over Egypt at 25-9, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20 in the 2009 World junior men volleyball championship at Pune, India on the third day. Egypt finished last in the pool losing all its three matches.
Farhad Ghaemi’s brilliant spike rate helped Iran to finish its pool assignments on a winning note. He scored 14 points out of his 19 spikes and Sasan Dejara and Reza Safaei helped Iran with 8 points each. But Iran conceded more error points 27 against Egypt’s 23, but still it emerged comfortable winner. Mohamed Ahmed and Haikal Reda led Egypt’s assault with 16 and 10 points.
Iran got off to a flying start, but Egypt, for the first time in the tournament, showed some of its ability to fight hard. It was a dream start for Iran as the team ran up formidable 15-5 lead as its setter Farhad Salafzoon doing a neat job and the spikers Gheyasi Mojtaba and Dejara spiking well.
Egypt was thoroughly outplayed in the first set. But when the Iranian coach tried some of his bench players in the second set, Egypt found its rhythm as its attack suddenly looked good and it served well. With a smooth game Egypt maintained a four-point lead, 8-4 and 16-12. Despite Iran’s effort put a check on its attack it could not succeed.
Reda began to spike with good control. Mohamed Ahmed also spiked superbly. Together they exposed the weak block Iran in the second set. Iran just gave up in this set.
However, when Dejara came back for the third set Iran’s block improved and Egypt began to hit out. Despite a close race in the beginning Iran broke away to a 16-12 lead and then pressed home the advantage.
Again Egypt made a good start in the fourth set taking a 8-7 lead and 16-15. At 15-13 Iran suffered a setback as its main setter and captain Farhad Salafzoon rushed to take the ball, but fell on the ad board injuring his abdomen. He was given treatment on the court and play was held up for a few minutes. Then he left the court.
However, Iran was not bothered about the injury and went about its job of beating Egypt in four sets.