FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Iran make the semifinals with exciting victory


Iran advanced to the semifinals with a well fought victory against Argentina

Tijuana, Mexico, July 5, 2013 – Iran overcame a battling Argentina in four sets (23-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-23) on Friday at the Baja California High Performance Center to become the first semifinalist of the FIVB Boys’ U19 World Championship.

In the semifinals Iran will play with the winner of the match between Russia and Cuba.
Iran benefitted from a good game distribution of their second setter Moein Moeinfar, who started in his first match of the competition, and pocketed the triumph with a balanced attack.

Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad was the top scorer with 18 points followed by Javad Hekmati, who also was a first-time starter, with 17. Akbar Valaei and Sahand Allah Verdian added 14 and 12 respectively while Rahman Taghi Zadeh chipped in with 8.

Argentina’s Nicolas Lazo topped the scoring charts with a match-high 21 points, while Bruno Lima and Brian Melgarejo added 15 and 14 respectively.

Iran outblocked Argentina 14-8 with Valaei and Allah Verdian each registering four points via blocks.

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