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Brazil Earns Semifinal Berth, Sweeps Iran

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PUNE, India (Aug. 5, 2009) – Brazil polished off Iran in straight sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-18 on Wednesday during the second day of Pool F competition of the 2009 FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship being played at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Brazil improves to 2-0 and has earned a spot in the semifinals along with Pool F foe Cuba, which is also 2-0 after defeating USA earlier today. Iran, like USA in the same Pool F falls to 0-2 in the four-team round-robin second-round pool have been eliminated from the possibly advancing to the semifinal round. Only the top two teams from Pool E and Pool F advance to the semifinals, while the third- and fourth-place teams fall into the 5-8 classification matches.

Brazil and Iran were the only two teams to win their respective first-round pools without losing a match.

Franco Willian Cargnin Paese and Mauricio Silva each totaled 16 points for Brazil, while Tiago Wesz added 10 points. Renan Buiatti chalked up nine points.

Sasan Dejara provided Iran seven points in the loss, while Mojtaba Gheyasi, Reza Safaei and Alirez Jadidi all contributed six points.

Brazil converted 48 of its 97 attacks into points and held a 9-5 block advantage. The Brazilians produced a 2-0 ace advantage and limited Iran to converting 32 of 89 spikes for points.

Brazil concludes Pool F on Thursday against Cuba at 16:00 in a battle of unbeaten Pool F teams, while Iran challenges United States at 12:00 as both attempt to win their first second-round match before heading into the 5-8 classification bracket on Saturday.

Iran scored the first two points of the opening set, but Brazil roared back to take the lead at 3-2. Silva and Buiatti combined for a block lifting Brazil into a two-point, 8-6 cushion at the first technical timeout. Salafzoon picked up a block as Iran rushed back into a tie at 8-all. Kamalvand added another block to give Iran the lead back at 12-11. Silva smashed a spike off the Iran block to give Brazil the advantage at 14-13. Brazil earned its two-point advantage at 17-15 after an Iran error. Buiatti added a kill in transition and block to increase the margin to four at 19-15 forcing an Iran timeout. Iran sliced the deficit in half at 19-17 after an errant Brazil attack. Santos took a quick set in transition to spike Brazil to a 23-20 advantage. Carvalho added a kill to reach set points at 24-20, and Silva ended the set promptly with cross-court winner at 25-20. Cargnin Paese led Brazil with six points in the set, while Gheyasi paced Iran with five points.

A Brazil attack error led to Iran establishing a 6-4 lead in the second set and extended the advantage to 8-5 at the technical timeout. Brazil inched to within one at 9-8 on consecutive points. Wesz slammed a kill off the Iran block to reach an 11-11 tie. Brazil took the lead at 17-16 with consecutive points out of the second technical timeout. Wesz added a block and kill as part of a 3-1 run to yield a 20-17 Brazil lead. Iran crawled to within 21-20 as Brazil committed an error. Ramshini tied the set at 22-all with a kill, also leading to a Brazil timeout. An Iran gave Brazil set points at 24-22, and Silva scored the winner with a kill on the next play for a 25-22 victory. Silva picked up seven points in the second set, while Cargnin Paese added six. Iran stayed close in the set as Brazil committed nine errors.

Buiatti soft served an ace to put Brazil in front 3-1 early in the third set. Brazil stretched its lead to 6-3 and Iran called a timeout to stop the momentum. Brazil added to its advantage with two of the next three points going into the technical timeout up 8-4. Iran put together a 5-1 run to tie the set at 9-all, but Brazil scored the next three points to regain a three-point edge at 12-9. Setter Murilo dumped a kill on the second contact to give Brazil a 16-12 advantage at the second technical timeout. Out of the break, Brazil libero Thales Hoss stuck his arm out to save an attack and went over net untouched for a kill at 17-12. Murilo and Santos combined for a block to extend the gap to 18-12. Brazil carried the momentum to the end for a 25-18 victory.


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