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Iran's strong attack stops Canada


Iran's Hamed Bagherpour (6) and Farhad Salafzoon (4) block against Canada's Nicholas Hoag (7).

Niterói, Brazil, August 1, 2011 – Iran and Canada began their participation in the FIVB Volleyball Men´s Junior World Championship Brazil 2011 on Monday at the Niteroi venue. Even though Canada had many family and friends attending for support, Iran won 3–0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20).

Iran took the lead in Pool D with a 1-0 record while Canada opened at 0-1 prior to the match between the other Pool D teams, Serbia and Belgium.

Iran’s Amir Ghafour led all scorers with 11 points on nine kills and two aces. Pourya Fayazi added 10 points on seven kills, one block and two aces. Canada was led by Nicholas Hoag with eight points on seven kills and one ace.

Errors played a big part in Canada’s loss as it committed 30 while Iran committed 22. The teams were close to even in successful attacks, with Iran leading 31-30. But Iran’s serving was powerful and it led in aces 6-1. Iran also led in blocking 8-5.

Using powerful hits and serves, Iran jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the first technical timeout (TTO) and extended the lead to nine at 15-6. Trailing 18-8, Canada scored four straight points behind the serving of Tristan Aubry to cut Iran’s lead to 18-12. Canada cut Iran’s lead to four at 20-16, but Iran pulled away to ewin the set 25-19. Iran led in successful attacks, 11-7.Canada led in blocks 2-0 while Iran led in aces 2-0.

Iran took an 8-6 lead at the first TTO of the second set. Canada kept its head in the match and made some nice plays, but had 11 team errors in the set while Iran only had seven.  Canada pulled to within two at 20-18, but Iran used a roll shot to increase the lead to three. Canada called timeout and scored on Iran’s serving error. But Canada’s next two attack attempts went out of bounds giving Iran set point at 24-19 and Iran ended the set with a kill.

Iran again led 8-6 at the first TTO of the third set, but Canada used a block to tie it at 10-10. Iran answered with two straight kills by Pourya Fayazi to regain the lead and Canada was never again able to tie the scor

On Tuesday, Iran faces Serbia at 6:30 p.m. (local time) and Canada meets Belgium by 4 p.m.


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