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Iran Holds Off USA in Five Set Marathon

Team USA and Iran pose for a group photo prior to its match

PUNE, India (Aug. 6, 2009) – Iran defeated United States 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 20-25, 15-10 on Thursday during the third and concluding day of Pool F second-round competition of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship being played at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Iran finished the second round with a 1-2 record, while USA dropped to 0-3 in the pool. Both teams will compete in the classification 5-8 pool starting Saturday.

Arash Kamalvand paced Iran with a team-high 19 points, including three blocks and three aces. Mojtaba Gheyasi and Alireza Jadidi provided 10 points each in the victory.

Antonio Ciarelli chalked up 21 points for USA in the loss, while Tyler Jaynes scored seven of his 15 points on blocks. Murphy Troy added 12 points for the Americans.

USA held a slim 15-14 advantage in blocks and both teams had six aces. However, Iran picked up 35 opponent error points to USA’s 30 and converted on 53 of 121 spike attempts.

The USA gained the two-point cushion at 4-2 on an Iran error, but Iran came back to tie it at 4-all on a Dejara block. USA went up 8-6 at the technical timeout with a Kauliakamoa overpass spike and Iran back-row attack error. USA went up 10-7 on a Bourne spike. Iran closed to 10-9 with consecutive points. Troy slammed a kill from the right side in returning USA in front by three, 12-9. Out of a timeout, Tyler Jaynes and Bradley Lawson formed a block and Troy added another spike pushing USA in front 14-9. Troy found open court for an ace out of the second technical timeout increasing USA’s lead to 17-11 and forced Iran into its second timeout. Iran’s Gheyasi served an ace at 17-13. Iran narrowed the gap to three at 19-16 with a USA error. Iran moved to within one at 20-19 with an ace from Vadi and a block from Jadidi. USA scored two quick points to return to a 22-19 advantage. A Team USA attack error brought Iran back to a one-point deficit at 23-22, but Troy nailed a kill to give USA set points at 24-22. Bourne earned the winner at 25-23. Troy scored seven points in leading the USA in the opening set, while Jaynes added six points.

USA went up 2-0 on an Iran error and Bourne ace when Iran was out of rotation on the serve. USA pushed its lead to 4-1. Troy served an ace extending USA’s margin to four at 6-2. USA’s Ciarelli served an ace putting the Americans in front 8-3 at the technical timeout. Iran scored three consecutive points after two U.S. errors at 8-6. Iran continued the rally with a kill from Kamalvand at 8-7. Iran tied the set at 13-all with a Kamalvand block, then went ahead with a Dejara block at 14-13. Iran increased its advantage to two points at 17-15 after a USA attack error, then Kamalvand served an ace to push the lead to 18-15. A service error and attack error pulled USA to within 18-17. Iran’s Gheyasi served an ace lifting his team to a 21-18 advantage, and Daneshfar powered a kill off the USA block to increase the margin to 22-18. Salafzoon formed a block against USA putting Iran at set point 24-19. Troy tallied an ace to close USA to 24-21, but Iran won 25-21 on a Gheyasi spike. Kamalvand paced Iran’s second set comeback with six points, while the team had three blocks and two aces in the set victory.

Iran scored the first three points of the third set with two blocks and USA hitting error. Out of a USA timeout, Danesfhar hit a kill at 4-0. Iran reached the first technical timeout leading 8-1. USA came back to within two at 11-9 on an 8-3 run. However, Iran answered with four unanswered points to resume a six-point cushion at 15-9. Jaynes put down a block and combined with Bourne for another block slicing the deficit to 15-12. Iran scored points on each side of the second technical timeout to take a 17-12 lead, then added a third straight point with a USA attack error at 18-12. Jayne picked up a block to close the USA to four at 19-15. Iran strengthened its position at 24-17 after consecutive errors by the USA. After the Americans saved one set point, Iran ended the set at 25-18. Iran took advantage of 11 USA errors in the third set and added six blocks in setting the tone.

USA scored blocks by Jaynes and Ciarelli on the first two plays of the fourth set, but Iran came back to tie at 2-all. USA responded with two points of its own capped by a combined block from Bourne and Jaynes at 8-6. An Iran attack outside the antenna put the margin at 10-7 forcing a timeout. USA continued the momentum by taking a 13-8 advantage following an Iran error. Iran answered back at 13-10 with an USA error. Another two American errors allowed Iran to move to within one at 14-13. Iran pushed an attack long giving USA a 16-13 lead at the second technical timeout. Kaulikamoa tallied a setter dump and block at 18-14. USA added another point at 19-14. Iran charged back to 20-17. An Iran attack went wide put USA up 22-17. Ciarelli gave USA set points at 24-19. Vogel put down the winning spike at 25-20. Ciarelli scored eight points in the fourth set for USA as it put up four blocks.

Kamalvand slammed a kill off the USA block to give Iran a 2-0 lead in the fifth set. Daneshfar pounded an overpass for a kill at 4-1. Iran’s Kamlvand served an ace pushing the margin to 5-1 in the tiebreaker. Vogel helped USA to a 5-3 deficit with an overpass spike and Iran followed with an attack error at 5-4. Ciarelli served an ace after a Vogel spike to tie the set at 6-all. Vadi and Jadidi combined for a block pushing Iran’s advantage to two points, 10-8. Jadidi formed a solo block against a USA attack to increase Iran’s advantage to 12-9, which was followed by another USA error out of the timeout at 13-9. Jadidi took a quick set for a kill for match points at 14-10 and Kamalvand served the winner ace at 15-10.


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