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Iran national team split two practice games against Bulgaria

Iran shared the honours in Bulgaria before moving to Serbia for more practice ahead of the World League
 Lausanne, Switzerland, May 21, 2014 – Iran went to Varna in Bulgaria on May 14 for two friendly matches as part of their preparations for their upcoming games in the FIVB World League. 

Iran’s new coach, Slobodan Kovac, who joined his team during a four-match training series against Australia earlier this month, saw his players face a youthful Bulgarian team on May 16. Playing against a team without its big names, the Iranian players failed to raise their game, losing 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 21-25, 15-11). The Iranian players made many errors, with Kovac blaming faulty serves and poor reception as the main reason for their loss.

The second match between Iran and Bulgaria on May 17 was more competitive, with both teams fielding strong lineups. Iran prevailed in this match 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21) with improved serves, reception and blocks, but Kovac cautioned against his players against being too satisfied with their form.

After this game, the Iranians had further training sessions before heading to Serbia for three matches on May 22, 23 and 24.

Iran kick off their World League campaign against Italy on May 30.


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