Gas edge Azad University to take Iran Women's Super League title
League debutants Azad took the bronze medal behind powerhouse Zob Ahan Esfahan, who were defending champions. Both teams finished on 29 points, three behind Gas. Eslamshahr were fourth, Babolsar were fifth, Sangtash sixth and Shahrdari Semenan bottom in the seven-team league.
Going into the final match, Azad University had 28 points to Gas’s 30 and could have won the title with a three-point victory.
“I’m glad we were able to take the title,” Gas coach Sima Sedighi said. “I think the top three teams were at a different level to the other four teams, but in the second half of the season all the teams raised their level. I am sure that in the next year the quality of our league will be better than this year.”
Sima praised the team’s sponsors – the Iran National Gas Company – as well as her young players, whose average age was just 19.
Regarding the performance of Iran’s senior national women’s team, she noted: ”The senior women’s team has good potential. With support from the technical staff, good preparation and facilities, the team can make good progress and improve its ranking in Asia. The team needs preparation matches with other powerful teams. Also, we are in need of a catalyst, an enthusiast and experienced coach such as Julio Velasco, to help women’s volleyball flourish.”