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Iran volleyball team fails to reach FIVB U-21 world championship semis

Iran’s national under-21 volleyball team has not managed to book a place at the semifinal round of the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in the Czech Republic, after falling to Poland in the quarterfinals.

On Thursday, the Iranian side suffered a 2-3 defeat (29-24, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20 and 11-15) against the European powerhouse in a Pool E match played at DRFG Arena in the southwestern Czech city of Brno.

Iran’s captain Rasoul Aghchehli was named the best scorer of the match with 25 points. Tomasz Fornal was the best scorer for Poland with 20 points. Polish volleyball player Bartosz Kwolek and captain Jakub Kochanowski followed with 17 and 16 points respectively.

Iran’s national under-21 volleyball team is scheduled to face Argentina in 5th-8th place classification match on Saturday.

“That was not a match, it was a war. Both teams showed excellent performances. The important point is that we made more mistakes. That is why Poland won the battle,” Iran’s head coach Behrouz Ataei commented after the game.

The photo shows a view of the Pool E match between Iran (players in white) and Poland at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Brno, the Czech Republic, on June 29, 2017.

“We made a very good match against the world champions from 2015. We tried very hard to win and we are so sad to have lost,” Iranian player Javad Karimisouchelmaei said.

Poland’s head coach Sebastian Pawlik said, “We had troubles in this match. We produced stupid mistakes, but the final result is in our favor. We are in the semifinals and just waiting for the opponent.”

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