FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Iran prove too strong for Australia

Wing spiker Mojtaba Mirzajanpour led his team to victory with 15 points

Uberlandia, Brazil, October 6, 2013 - Iran began their Men's U23 World Championship with a 3-0 (21-11, 21-15, 21-7) victory against Australia on day one of competition at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves.

Iran made a strong start and carried their early lead to the end of the first set, taking it 21-11 with wing spiker Mojtaba Mirzajanpour leading the team's scoring with seven points. 

Australia made the second set closer, with opposite Lincoln Alexander Williams prominent in attack, but Iran's blocking helped them take the set 21-15.

Another strong Iran start forced Australia into an early timeout in the third set, but they couldn't stop Iran's momentum and they took the final set 21-7.

Iran's Mirzajanpour added another eight points to finish as the leading match scorer with 15, while opposite Reza Gara contributed 11. Williams was Australia's leading scorer with 10. 

Iran are first on court on day two of competition, up against winless Mexico, while Australia will play Serbia, who had to overcome a slow start to record victory on the opening day.

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