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China beat Iran to seal World League playoffs

China's block held up against Iran as they booked a spot in the first leg of the qualification stage for the 2012 FIVB Volleyball World League on Monday
Beijing, China, July 13, 2011 – China saw off Iran 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19) at home in Taicang on Monday to move one step closer to a spot in next year’s FIVB Volleyball World League.

They will now face Egypt in the first qualification match and if they win, they will face either of the bottom teams from this year’s championship; Puerto Rico or Portugal.

China took the first set 25-22 and led 16-11 up until the second technical timeout of the second set, but the guests staged a strong come back to narrow the scores to 22-22. The Iranian players then collected three points in a row with effective blocking and spiking to level the set score at one apiece.

The host team, however gave no chance to Iran in the next two sets, and took them 25-18 and 25-19.

Teams from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas will take part in the first leg of the playoffs which will be held from July 29 to 31 with Asia taking on Africa and the Americas playing Europe.

The team from the Americas was determined by the best team at the Pan American Cup which has not already qualified for the World League and on this occasion it is Canada. They will play the winner of the European League.


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