The Iranian men's national B volleyball team has earned a place in the final round of the 2016 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Men in Thailand, pulling out a last-gasp win over the Japanese squad.
On Monday, the Persians went to great lengths to emerge victorious in their semi-final fixture at Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium in the central Thai city of Nakhon Pathom, and finally recorded a 3-2 victory, with the set scores of 25–21, 17–25, 25–20, 23–25 and 15-11.
The Iranian squad started the match with vim and vigor, dominating throughout the first set. The Persians finally closed the set at 25-21 despite some fight back from Japan.
The second set was a close contest all the way through 14-14, after which Japanese volleyball players availed themselves of their Iranian counterparts’ individual mistakes, and won the set 25-17.
The Iranians came from behind in the third set, and brought the game under their control to close it off at 25-20 at last.
The Japanese team regained dominant performance in the fourth set of the game, and chalked up a 25-23 win.
The Iranian team did not surrender in the decider, and sealed a 15-11 victory at last.
Iran’s national B volleyball team is scheduled to face China in the title showdown on Wednesday.