TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the US Volleyball Federation Doug Beal in a message congratulated the advance of the Iranian men’s national volleyball team to the next round of the 2014 Volleyball Men’s World Championship after trouncing Serbia in its last match in the second round of the games.
“The Iranian national volleyball team’s advance to the third round of the international tournament was a great and important job which makes me congratulate you, your colleagues the members of the national volleyball team for this victory,” said Beal in the message to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Reza Davarzani.
On Sunday, the Iranian men’s national volleyball team advanced to the next round of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship after thrashing Serbia in its last match at the second round of the games.
The Iranians won the Serbian squad 3-1 in a Pool E match at Atlas Arena in the central city of Lódz, the third largest city in Poland.
The Iranian team started strong and claimed the first set 27-25, but the Serbs closed the second set 22-25 to level things.
From then onwards, the Iranian volleyball players got the upper hand in the game, winning the next two sets 25-22 and 25-18.
Iran’s Amir Ghafour finished as the match’s top scorer with 30 points.
The Asian champions had showed excellent consistency throughout the competitions this year and for the first time in Iran’s history secured a spot in the third round of 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship to play against Brazil, Russia, Poland, France and Germany.
The third stage of the tournament will have France, Germany and Iran battling in Pool G in Katowice and Poland, Brazil and Russia competing in Pool H in Lodz.
The top two ranked teams of each pool after a round-robin affair will advance to the semifinals with the two lowest placed will determine the 5th and the 6th positions.
Like the first round of the tournament, Seyyed Mohammad Moussavi was named as the best blocker (1.36), and Capitan Saeid Marouf as the best setter (9.64) of the second round of FIVB World Championship.
Marouf and Moussavi had also ealier been selected as the best setter and the best defender of the FIVB Men’s Volleyball league in Italy a few months ago.
The 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship began on August 30 and will end on September 21. It is the fifth time that Iran is participating at the championship.
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