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Iran overpowers China in 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualifier

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This photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men’s national volleyball team (players in dark blue) and China at the Asian section of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualification in Hossein Rezazadeh Hall, Ardabil, northwestern Iran, on August 12, 2017.

The Iran men’s national volleyball team has defeated China in straight sets at the Asian section of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualification.

The Iranian squad registered its second resounding Pool A win of the competitions at Hossein Rezazadeh Hall in the northwestern Iranian city of Ardabil on Saturday evening, when it brushed aside the Chinese set 3-0 (25-21, 29-27 and 25-20).

Milad Ebadipour was the leading scorer for Iran with 14 points, while Farhad Ghaemi and Amir Ghafour collected 11 and 10 points respectively.

“I offer my congratulations to the people of Ardabil on this victory as they cheered enthusiastically for their team during the match. The spectators’ thunderous ovation distracted our players in some cases, and they failed to get points as a result,” Iran head coach Igor Kolaković said after the match.

He added, “We could overcome China in a much simpler manner; nevertheless China is a strong team and its fine performance disallowed us to accomplish such an objective.”

The Iran men’s national volleyball team will play Kazakhstan on Sunday.

This photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men’s national volleyball team (players in dark blue) and China at the Asian section of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualification in Hossein Rezazadeh Hall, Ardabil, northwestern Iran, on August 12, 2017.

The Asian section of the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship qualification acts as qualifiers for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, which is to be held in Italy and Bulgaria.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is in Pool A with China, Kazakhstan, Qatar and South Korea.

Australia, Chinese Taipei, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand were in Pool B. Japan and Australia have already booked their place in the the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship as the top two finishers of the pool.


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