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Formidable Iran crushes world volleyball runner-up Italy

Iranian volleyball team proved formidable Monday as it demolished runner-up Italy in the world juniors event in Thailand, IRNA reported.

Iran extended its winning streak as it routed the powerful Italian side 3-1, rolling into the second round as the Group D leader with six points.

Iran won the first, third, and fourth sets 25-23, 25-21, 25-19 and Italy won the second game 26-24.

In its second match on Sunday, Iran thrashed the Netherlands.

The win gave Iran a berth in the second round of the prestigious volleyball meet.

Iran handed the Dutch players a 3-0 defeat as it won 25-21, 25-21, 25-21 in three straight games.

On Saturday, Iran took the first step firmly as it trounced the Moroccan side in three consecutive sets.

Playing in a volleyball hall of the Thai capital Bangkok, the determined Iranian juniors handed Morocco a 3-0 licking, winning 25-22, 25-15, 25-23 in three straight games.

Iran was drawn with Italy, the Netherlands, and Morocco in Group D during a ceremony held on June 8 for the World Juniors' Volleyball Championships in Bangkok.

In the presence of representatives of participating countries, the 16 teams were divided into following four groups:

Group A: Thailand, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Argentina

Group B: Latvia, China, Egypt, Slovakia

Group C: Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, India

Group D: Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Morocco

Iran comprises the following players and officials:

Players: Mohammad Soleimani, Behzad Beh-Nejad, Vahid Sadeqi, Moslem Mohammadizadeh, Saeid Ma'rouf, Mehdi Ranjbar, Mohammad Mohammad-Kazem, Mohsen Razeqi, Arash Sadeqiani, Rouhollah Salehi-Nejad, Adel Gholami, Mansour Zadvan, Mohsen Razeqi

Head coach: Ivan Buganikov

Coaches: Nasser Shahnazi, Alireza Khoshrouei

Physical fitness coach: Behzad Noshadi

Head: Seyed Mahmoud Delavarkhan

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