Young volleyball players beat Italy in U19 World C’ship

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TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) – Iran opened the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boy’s U19 World Championship on Saturday with a decisive win over Italy.

National Iranian volleyball players, competing in Pool D of the sportive event, met Italian rivals at Isa City Sports Hall of Bahrain and secured a 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12) victory.

Iran’s top scored was Porya Yali who bagged 28 points from 24 attacks, two blocks and two aces. Another outstanding player in the Iranian outfit was Amirhossein Esfandiar who secured 21 points.

The Asian side performed eye-catching athletic performances in the first set thanks to attacks carried out by Yali and Esfandiar. Italians however posted formidable presence at the net in the following sets making the task more complicated for Iran. The European side gained good momentum into the second and third sets, but Iran earned back their offensive rhythm to force the decider.

In the fifth set, the Persians managed to break through Italy’s defenders and sealed a sweet victory in the tie-break.

Iran coach Reza Vakili Farjad said post-match “it is my job to make this team strong, to make the key to open the door of opportunity to win. This level of this team can sometimes go up or go down. But Italy is a very good team with such a high level of skill.”

“We know Italy as a strong team, but every team plays to win, including our team. We tried to help one another to raise their level of play during the match. I am very happy to play the first match in the competition with victory in the end,” noted Iran captain Amirhossein Esfandiar.

The 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship is the fifteenth edition of the international volleyball tournament and the world championship for men's national teams under the age of 19, organized by the sport's world governing body, FIVB.

The tournament is being hosted by Bahrain in the cities of Riffa and Isa Town from 18 to 27 August 2017. A total of 20 teams are competing in the tournament.

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