Iran volleyball team's performance in preliminary FIVB World League

Tehran, July 6, IRNA – The national Iranian volleyball team played 12 games in the preliminary round of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) 2014 World League, winning six games and losing as many.

The Iranian volleyball athletes in the national team began their performance in FIVB 2014 World League on May, 30, with a game versus Italy in that country's Christie City.



The Iranian tall volleyball athletes played their last preliminary round game on July 5, in Poland's Gdansk City, gaining 19 points all together in this round of the league.



The national Iranian volleyball team had a bad beginning and a bad end in this preliminary round of these world competitions, including two defeats versus Italy in the beginning and two defeats in confrontation with Poland at the end, all four in away games.



The Iranian national volleyball players throughout the 36 days of their completions in this round went through the tough conditions of the intensive FIVB matches playing 12 heavy games, at an average one game per each three days rate.



50% of the Iranian national team's won games (three games) were gained mightily with 3-nil results, in two of them they gained 3-1 results, and only in one game they recorded a 3-2 victory during the preliminary round of the World League.



On the other hand, 50% of the Iranian national volleyball team's defeats (3 losses) were 3-nil, two of them were 2-3, and one of them was 3-1, according to the games' statistics.



The Iranian national volleyball team in those twelve games played 45 sets altogether, winning 23 and losing 22 of them.



The preliminary round of the FIVB World League began on May 23, but the Iranian national volleyball team had no match during the days of the games' first week.



During the days of the second week (on May 30 and June 1) the Iranian national athletes yielded to two 3-nil defeats versus Italy in the land of the blue-clad champs, marking a humiliating beginning in their record with their new Head Coach Slobodan Koach, which was a shock for the Iranian volleyball enthusiasts.



The Iranian national players then headed for Brazil and in their first match on the 3rd week of the World League on June 16, despite putting on display a nice performance, they yielded to a 3-2 defeat before the most prestigious team of the World League, Brazil, to gain only one point from three games.



The Iranian athletes on June 7 and in their 2nd away encounter versus Brazil achieved their desirable team harmony and managed to put on display their real might in the stadium.



The Iranian team in that fourth game in their preliminary competitions managed to defeat Brazil 3-nil in their home. The glorious victory had a broad coverage in world sports news.



The Iranian national volleyball players thus gained their first victory in the 2014 FIVB World League gloriously.



The Iranian national volleyball team immediately left Brazil after that game and got back to Iran to play six home games versus Brazil, Italy and Poland here.



The Iranian tall volleyball players during the 4th week of the World League faced Brazil twice in the 12,000 seat volleyball stadium of Tehran's Azadi Sports Complex on June 13 and 15, losing one, and wining a 3-2 victory in the other one, resulting in three points for Iran and 3 for Brazil during that week.



The peak of the Iranian national players' performance was achieved in Tehran on June 21 and 22 during which they managed to defeat Italy 3-nil and 3-1 respectively to urge the world's second most prestigious team to leave Tehran having sacked no points from its away games here.



The Iranian national volleyball team during the 6th week of the World League, too, managed to defeat Poland in two consecutive games on June 27 and 29, raising their total scored points to 19, and ensuring their presence in the final round of the 2014 World Volleyball League a week ahead of the preliminary FIVB World League's end.



The seventh and last week of the preliminary round of the games began on Thursday, June 3, during which the Iranian national volleyball team played two games versus Poland in Gdansk.



The Iranian national volleyball players lost the first game 3-1 and the second game amazingly 3-nil to lose their hard-gained top place in Group 1.



The final round of the FIVB World League will be held from July 16, to 20 in Florence, Italy.



So far the presence of the Iranian national team and the host team, Italy, in the final round of the games has been clarified and their other three competitors in the round will be known on Sunday night, June 6 (tonight).



The 6th top team in the preliminary round, too, will take part in the matches of the final round of Group 2 World League, which will be held in Australia next week.



The Iranian national volleyball team that is experiencing its 2nd presence throughout its history in the World League this year under their new Head Coach Slobodan Koach, managed o raise to the final round of these competitions for the first time.



In its previous performance in the FIVB World League, their first ever presence, under their Head Coach Julio Velasco, they gained the world 9th place, registering an effective and historical presence in the world volleyball competition.



Among the Asian teams the Japanese, South Korean, and Chinese teams have long records of presence in FIVB World League games, with 20, 15 and 14 presences in them respectively, as the only experienced teams in those competitions.



Japan ranked world's top 6th team in the years 1990, 1883 and 2008, and South Korea and China gained the same ranking respectively in the years 1995 and 1996.



The detailed report on the Iranian national volleyball team's performance in the preliminary round of the 2014 World Cup is as follows:



May 30, Italy 3- Iran 0 (25-19, 25-22, and 25-23)

June 01, Italy 3-Iran 0 (27-25, 25-18, and 25-22)

June 06, Brazil 3- Iran 2 (25-23, 28-30, and 30-28)

June 07, Brazil 0- Iran 3 (18-25, 21-25, and 22-25)

June 13, Iran 3- Brazil 2 (18-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-17, and 15-9)

June 15, Iran 2-Brazil 3 (19-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23, and 10-15)

June 20, Iran 3-Italy 0 (25-18, 25-20, and 25-15)

June 22, Iran 3, Italy 1 (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, and 25-20)

June 27, Iran 3, Poland 1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-11, and 25-19)

June 29, Iran 3, Poland 0 (25-22, 25-20, and 25-22)

July 04, Poland 3, Iran 1 (17-25, 26-24, 25-23, and 25-23)

July 05, Poland 3, Iran 0 (25-23, 25-20, and 25-17)

Report by Hadi Eftekhari and translated by Seyyed Nader Amouzegar

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