FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament 2012 | Japan

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Iran move to 4-1 with straight sets win over Venezuela

Farhad Ghaemi for Iran ready to serve against Venezuela in the fifth day of action at the FIVB Men´s World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.

Tokyo, Japan, June 7, 2012 -  Iran routed Venezuela in straight sets (25-16, 25-16, 25-20) on the fifth day of action in the FIVB Men's World Olympic Qualifying Tournament at Tokyo Metropolitan Gym on Wednesday.

The victory raised Iran's record to 4-1, while Venezuela dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

Amir Ghafour and Farhad Ghaemi sparked Iran with 11 points each.

Kervin Pinerua scored a match-high 12 points in the loss for Venezuela.

Venezuela came out flat and never got going in the contest. Iran's quick attack proved to be a significant obstacle for Venezuela.

Iran served well and displayed excellent passing in the win. Venezuela had difficulties in serve and service reception in the loss.

Iran took a 5-1 in the first set. A spike by Amir Ghafour gave Iran a 7-3 lead. Iran was up 8-3 at the first TTO. Ghafour's spike made it 10-5. A spike by Pinerua pulled Venezuela within four at 14-10. Alireza Nadi's spike took it to 15-11. Daniel Escobar's spike sailed wide and Iran led 16-11 at the second TTO. A spike by Nadi made it 20-13 for Iran. A block by Farhad Gahemi put Iran two points from the set at 23-15. Emerson Rodriguez fired a serve long and Iran had the set 25-16.

A service ace by Ghafour gave Iran a 6-4 lead in the second set. A reception error made it 8-6 for Iran at the first TTO. Carlos Paez sent a serve long and Iran was up 10-7. Mohammad Mousavi's spike put Iran up 15-7. Mousavi's spike sent Iran into the second TTO leading 17-8. A block by Hamzeh Zarini put Iran in front 22-11. Nadi's block made it 23-14. Nadi's spike gave Iran set point at 24-15. Mousavi's spike gave Iran the set 25-16.

A reception error staked Iran to a 5-0 lead in the third set. Mousavi's block put Iran up 7-3. Pinerua sent a serve long and Iran was on top 8-4 at the first TTO. A spike by Ghafour gave Iran a 10-4 lead. A quick dink by Paez made it 13-7 for Iran. Mousavi's spike took it to 15-8. Deivis Yustiz fired a spike long and Iran had an eight-point lead at 16-8 at the second TTO. Pinerua's spike pulled Venezuela within three at 17-14. Mousavi's block made it 21-16 as Iran moved toward closing out the match. Jhoser Contreras sent a spike long and Iran had match point at 24-19. Yustiz sent a serve long and Iran clinched the match 25-20.

Iran play Serbia on Saturday, while Venezuela face China.

The next match on Thursday will see Serbia take on Puerto Rico.

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