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Iran gets first World League win by beating Serbia

Mousavi from IRI spikes no.18 - Marko Podrascanin of Serbia is blocking.

Tehran, Iran, June 23, 2013 – Iran got its first victory 3-2 (25-20, 24-26, 23-25,25-22,15-12) in their second FIVB World League home encounter against Serbia on Sunday evening.

Loyal fans packed Tehran at Azadi hall to watch the Pool B match while others tuned into sports radio and TV, which has helped awaken national sense and enthusiast Iran’s volleyball team, creating support for the team’s ability to defeat their rivals.

Iran reduced personal mistakes and improved its ability for Sunday’s defeat over Serbia.

In the first set, Iran took command of the game immediately and assembled a solid lead by 8-4, as Serbia’s Nikola Kovacevic narrowed the gap. Iran made substitution and made the next points to lead and16-13. Serbia had problems passing Iran’s blocking, and were behind five points by 18-13, but Iran gained points even from a few triple blocks. Despite a time out and substations by Serbia, Iran finished the set victory 25-20.

In the second set, Iran found a lead 7-6 with good service and spikes of Hamzeh Zarrini, but excellent spiking by Serbian players brought a one point margin for them by 8-7 in first technical time-out. Serbia, however, was determined not to give up, and fought hard to close the set 26-24.

The third set was running in favor of host team as they showed high keen in gaining scores , by 8-5 got the first technical time-out. Milos Nikic of Serbia tied the score 9-9 and forced Julio Velasco take his time-out. Serbia got use from weak dig of Iran by sharp spikes and made gap wider by 19-16. Iran’s solid blocks and hard spikes narrowed the scores gap 23-24. But after a timeout by Serbia, the team secured the win at 25-23.

Set four started with effective Spiking of Serbia, and in minutes they lead 8-6. Iran’s players gained spirit, and with spikes made the score 15-13. Serbia made substations and cut the difference 19-20, as Celasco asked for a time out to bring down the heath of opponent team. Moments were passing slowly for home fans as Iran led 23-22. A service by Mousavi after touching the net came down in Serb ground at 25-22, and Iran won the set.

Iran was motivated in fifth set after improving their service and spike to lead 5-2. Serbian used the personal weakness of Iran players to made scores tie at 10. But spikes by Fayazi and two blocks by Gholami made the scores 13-10 for Iran. Three substations by Serbia was not effective, and Iran won the set and game at 15-12.

Iran’s top scorer was Hamzeh Zarini with 18 win points from 54 attempts. Serbia’s Nikola Kovacevic made 17 points from 58 total attempts. Mobasheri and Aleksandar Atanasijevic both had 13 points, making them the third best scores. Iran also surpassed Serbia in other skills such as service, blocks, digs and sets.


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