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Iran reach first final and Serbia still in contention while Cuba take Group 3 gold

 
Iran's Adel Gholami spikes against the Polish one-man block by Piotr Nowakowski
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 29, 2014 - Iran booked their place in the World League final for the first time in their history with a convincing 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-22) victory over Poland in Tehran on Sunday evening.  

The result means Iran move level on points with Italy at the top of Pool A and look forward to a double-header with bottom-placed Poland in the final pool matches (4-5 July).

“When we started the World League with two defeats, nobody believed in my team but we proved that we have the quality to go through,” said Iran coach Slobodan Kovac. “It's important that we win our next matches in Poland and finish top of the group.”

The Iranian team gave notice of their intentions by racing into a 4-0 lead in the first set and, despite a solid start from Poland in set two, never looked like relinquishing their advantage at the Azadi Sports Complex.

A hard-fought third set came to an end when the home team took four successive points to settle the match thanks to a towering spike from Amir Ghafour.

In Pool B, Serbia kept their hopes alive of a place in the final with a straightforward 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-14) win over Bulgaria in Nis. Serbia now sit one point behind second-placed Russia going into the final round of matches.

Results elsewhere on week six mean France are still dreaming of qualifying for the final six in Firenze (16-20 July) thanks to a powerful 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-16) win over Argentina.

Led by top scorer Mory Sidibé, with 13 points, the result means that France qualify for Group 2’s final four in Sydney (11-13 July), although coach Laurent Tillie says his side “have to improve in many areas” if they are to finish among the honours.

They could be joined in Australia by the Netherlands, who had to work hard to earn a 3-2 (25-21, 25-27, 18-25, 25-19, 15-9) victory over Korea at the Chungmu Indoor Gymnasium in Daejeon.  

Inspired by the strong serving of Robin Overbeeke and the quick attacks of Michael Parkinson, the Netherlands kept the faith after seeing their 1-0 lead from the first set turn into a 2-1 deficit. They finished the day sitting on top of Pool E.

GROUP 3 GOLD FOR CUBA, CHINA TAKE BRONZE  

There was gold for Cuba in Group 3 as they won a gruelling five-setter (26-24, 19-25, 25-20, 21-25, 16-14) against hosts Turkey to edge the final match in Bursa.

The Turks had been the only team to beat Cuba in this year’s World League, in the Intercontinental Round, but despite their best efforts were unable to repeat that success on Sunday in front of a spirited home crowd.

Captain Rolando Cepeda led the way for Cuba with 28 points,  ably supported by Santiago Uriarte (22), while Turkey top scorer was Toy Metin (17).

The bronze medal in Group 3 went to China, who had lost narrowly to Cuba in Saturday’s semifinal.

The Chinese, who had lost 3-0 to their Slovakian opponents 15 days earlier, dropped the first set but fought back to win 3-1 (21-25, 39-37, 25-23, 25-19), with victory in the second set – the longest in the competition so far – giving them a huge boost.

There was joy too for Japan. In their final FIVB Volleyball World League match of the season, Masashi Nambu’s side recovered from throwing away a two set advantage to record their first win, beating Germany 3-2 (25-22, 25-22, 14-25, 23-25, 17-15).

“Since this team started out a year-and-a-half ago we have suffered so much,” said Japan captain Yu Koshikawa, who scored 22 points for his side. “Now we have finally won, and we can see what winning feels like. I think it will accelerate our growth as a team.”

LIVE SCORING - WEEK 6

 

Match
No
PoolDateLocal
Time
GMT
Time
TeamsLive Score
Result
CityDescriptionPress
Conf.
StatsPhotos
G2-53C27/0619:3010:00AUS-BEL1-3AdelaideViewViewViewView
G1-35B27/0618:0015:00RUS-USA2-3KaliningradViewViewViewView
G2-54C27/0618:3015:30FIN-CAN3-0TampereViewViewViewView
G2-55E27/0618:0015:50CZE-POR3-2OpavaViewViewViewView
G1-36A27/0621:0016:30IRI-POL3-1TehranViewViewViewView
G1-37B27/0620:0018:00SRB-BUL3-0Novi SadViewViewViewView
G2-56D27/0620:0018:00FRA-ARG2-3Mouilleron le CaptifViewViewViewView
G2-57D28/0614:0005:00JPN-GER0-3KoshigayaViewViewViewView
G2-60E28/0614:0005:00KOR-NED2-3DaejeonViewViewViewView
G2-58C28/0619:4010:00AUS-BEL0-3AdelaideViewViewViewView
G3-25SF-GR328/0614:0011:00CUB-CHN3-2BursaViewViewViewView
G2-59C28/0616:0013:00FIN-CAN0-3TampereViewViewViewView
G2-61E28/0616:0013:50CZE-POR3-1OpavaViewViewViewView
G3-26SF-GR328/0617:0514:00TUR-SVK3-0BursaViewViewViewView
G1-38B28/0618:0015:00RUS-USA3-0KaliningradViewViewViewView
G2-62D29/0613:0004:00JPN-GER3-2KoshigayaViewViewViewView
G2-63E29/0614:0005:00KOR-NED2-3DaejeonViewViewViewView
G3-27Finals29/0614:0011:00CHN-SVK3-1BursaViewViewViewView
G3-28Finals29/0617:0014:00TUR-CUB2-3BURSAViewViewViewView
G2-64D29/0616:0014:00FRA-ARG3-1ParisViewViewViewView
G1-39A29/0621:0016:30IRI-POL3-0TehranViewViewViewView
G1-40B29/0620:0018:00SRB-BUL3-0NisViewViewViewView


Standings

Pool A

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1IRIIran1910643212 222161.3758638181.055
2ITAItaly19106424 12122161.3758698601.010
3BRABrazil1110462 213217220.7738848950.988
4POLPoland111046121 3315220.6828268690.951

Pool B

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1USAUSA2110822241 126161.6259598791.091
2RUSRussia1810555  31122151.4678418141.033
3SRBSerbia1710643121 320171.1768318101.026
4BULBulgaria41019  12259290.3107598870.856

Pool C

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1BELBelgium23107325 2 125141.7869028461.066
2CANCanada17106431212122171.2948848531.036
3FINFinland12104611222218230.7838879200.964
4AUSAustralia81037 1214215260.5779049580.944

Pool D

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1FRAFrance301210263111 33113.0001'0379131.136
2ARGArgentina25128452121129161.8131'0239671.058
3GERGermany14125721211518260.6929899900.999
4JPNJapan312111  11378350.2298681'0470.829

Pool E

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1NEDNetherlands18107321412 25181.3899689191.053
2PORPortugal16105513121220201.0008748770.997
3CZECzech Republic15106411412122211.0489439470.996
4KORKorea11102811 51217250.6809319730.957

Pool F

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1CUBCuba1565132  1 1653.2005164801.075
2TURTurkey1364213 11 1591.6675855391.085
3MEXMexico66241 11 38140.5714905190.944
4TUNTunisia2615  1 326170.3534865390.902

Pool G

RkCodeTeamPointsMatchesResults DetailsSetsPoints
PlayedWonLost3-03-13-22-31-30-3WonLostRatioWonLostRatio
1CHNChina14651311  11562.5005074641.093
2SVKSlovakia1163312 21 14111.2735575531.007
3ESPSpain6624  221111160.6885856050.967
4PURPuerto Rico5624  21129160.5635415680.952


FIVB World League 2014 Performances

Top Scoring Performances
37- Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)
36 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Russia (June 27)
32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8)
32 – Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Belgium (June 8)
28 - Rolando Cepeda Abreu of Cuba v Turkey (June 29 - Group 3 gold medal match)
28 – Park Chul-Woo of Korea v Netherlands (June 28)
28 – Michal Winiarski of Poland v Italy (June 13)
28 – Jeon Kwang-In of Korea v Czech Republic (June 5)
28 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Finland (June 1)
28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan (May 24)
28 – Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)

Top Blocking Performances
10 – Dmitriy Muserskiy of Russia v USA (June 27)
8 – Gil Marcel Keller of Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
8 – Nicolas Le Goff of France v Japan (May 31)
8 – Matteo Piano of Italy v Brazil (May 24)
8 – Jorge Fernandez Valcarel (June 15)
7 – Sebastian Solé of Argentina v France (June 29) 
7 - Michael Parkinson of the Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
6 – Michal Krisko of Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
6 – Artem Volvich of Russia v Serbia (May 30)
6 – Aidan Zingel of Australia v Finland (June 14)
6 – Viktor Yosihof of Bulgaria v Russia (June 15)
6 – Jukka Lehtonen of Finland v Belgium (June 22)

Top Blocking Performances by Team
23 - The Netherlands v Korea (June 29)
18 – USA v Serbia (June 14)
18 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 8)
17 – Russia v USA (June 27)
17 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 21)
17 – Canada v Australia (June 20)
17 – Spain v Slovakia (June 15)
17 – Turkey v Tunisia (June 8)
17 – France v Argentina (May 24)
16 – Germany v Japan (June 28)
16 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
16 – Spain v Puerto Rico (June 8)
16 – Italy v Poland (June 8)
16 – Turkey v Mexico (June 7)
16 – Czech Republic v Korea (June 5)
16 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Mikko Oivanen (Finland) v Belgium (June 22)
6 – Nimir Abdel-Aziz (Netherlands) v Portugal (June 21)
6 – Alexandre Ferreira (Portugal) v Czech Republic (May 31)
5 - Lubos Kostolani (Slovakia) v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
5 – Yuan Zhi (China) v Cuba (June 28)
5 – Valdir Sequeira (Portugal) v Netherlands (June 21)
5 – Luiz Felipe Fonteles (Brazil) v Poland (May 29)
5 – Dick Kooy (Netherlands) v Korea (May 31)
5 – Nicolas Marechal (France) v Germany (June 15)

Top Serving Performances by Team
14 – Finland v Belgium (June 22)
12 - Slovakia v China (June 29 - Group 3 bronze medal match)
12 – Netherlands v Portugal (June 21)
11 – USA v Bulgaria (June 20)
11 – Bulgaria v Serbia (June 8)
11 – France v Germany (June 15)
10 – Germany v Japan (May 24)
10 – Finland v Australia (June 15)
9 – Netherlands v Czech Republic (June 14)
9 – Portugal v Netherlands (June 7)
9 – Iran v Brazil (June 6)
9 – Serbia v Russia (May 30)

Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: 28 – Christian Fromm of Germany v Japan; Kunihiro Shimizu of Japan v Germany (May 24)
Week 2: 28 – Nemanja Petric of Serbia v Russia (May 31)
Week 3: 32 – Maurice Torres of Puerto Rico v Spain (June 8); Thomas Edgar of Australia v Finland (June 7)
Week 4: 32 – Matthew Anderson of USA v Serbia (June 14)
Week 5: 31 – Gavin Schmitt of Canada v Australia (June 20)
Week 6: 37 – Yuan Zhi of China v Cuba (June 28)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Germany v Japan, 27-29 (May 24)
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 29-27 (May 29)
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea, 31-33 (June 5); Turkey v Cuba, 31-33 (June 6); Belgium v Canada, 33-31 (June 8)
Week 4: USA v Serbia (June 13), China v Puerto Rico (June 15) 30-28
Week 5: Russia v Serbia (June 20) 37-35
Week 6: China v Slovaki (June 29) 39-37

Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Germany v Japan (May 24) (25-23, 25-21, 27-29, 23-25, 15-9) – 222 points
Week 2: Canada v Finland (June 1) (19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 15, 11) – 207 points
Week 3: Czech Republic v Korea (June 5) (31-33, 25-19, 26-24, 26-28, 20-18) – 250 points
Week 4: Poland v Italy (June 13) (25-23, 24-26, 26-24, 25-27, 15-10) – 225 points
Week 5: Australia v Canada (June 20) (25-27, 20-25, 30-28, 25-17, 15-13) – 225 points
Week 6: Korea v Netherlands (June 28) (31-29, 16-25, 25-23, 30-32, 14-16) – 241 points



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