Iranian newcomers gain important experience at Kish Island
A team that had to learn this bitter lesson were Mohammad Sadeghi Malati and Mojtaba Amiri of Iran. After a sensational win over Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich/Gabriel Kissling in their qualification match, the Iranian pair hit an important career milestone by making their first-ever World Tour main draw appearance.
Their journey in the main draw, however, was short-lived as they fell to Youth Olympic gold medallists Oleg Stoyanovkiy and Artem Yarzutkin of Russia in the Round of 32.
“We knew Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin are very powerful,” said Sadeghi. “They were serving really well. I think that was the reason why we were not able to find our game.”
Sadeghi nevertheless is convinced that the games they played at Kish Island are crucial for their development as players and a team.
“I think we gathered some really important experiences that hopefully will help us improve in our evolution as players.”
Amiri/Sadeghi hope to get more opportunities in the future to play international matches in front of their home fans.
“We hope the Iran Volleyball Federation will organise more events like the Kish Island 3-Star because such experiences are crucial to improve our game. I think it is a big advantage to play these games in front of our fans.”
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