Winning Egypt advances Iran to quarterfinals

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 13 (MNA) – Iran’s volleyball national squad has defeated Egypt in Rio to secure a place in the next round of the tournament in Pool B.

African representative was a sort of headache for Lozano’s strong men early in the match; however, Iran found her way toward victory late in the first set 28-26.

Iran’s arrangement in the court included Saied Marouf, Adel Gholami, Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Shahram Mahmoudi, Milad Ebadipour, Farhad Ghaemi, and Mahdi Marandi as libero. Iran equalized with Egypt only in point 10 when they proved difficult to get point from. However, this was Iran’s perseverance and highly purposefully planned attack and service which won it upper-hand. Egyptians went neck-and-neck up to point 26 when Iran broke the tie to win the set.

The second set was proved equal in terms of both sides’ persistence in getting points in an exchange manner, with Egyptians getting the initiative from Iran and leading in points 11-9; a timeout by Lozano stole the thunder of the Egypt and equalized again. Individual blunders in Egypt was rife and Iran took the opportunity to score 2 points subsequently. Egyptians worked to close the gap, but Mahmoudi’s point which got in rebound was enough to secure the set for Iran: 25-22.

The third set was the same as the second; with Iran ahead 110-8, Egypt requested a timeout. Iran proved formidable above the net and widened the point gap again 17-13 when Egyptian manager requested a second timeout. The measure proved unavailing and Iran was buoyant with point by point closing the finish line, where ultimately, it reached. With the win, Iran secured a place in quarterfinals and among 8 teams.

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