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Iranian volleyball team takes first place in Dubai's Rashed Cup

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA -- Iranian volleyball team Saturday returned home from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, where it won Rashed Cup.

The players and coaches were welcomed by Volleyball Federation president Mohammad Yazdani-Khorram, officials and their families at Mehrabad International Airport.

Iran stood top among eight participating teams Friday.

The Iranian team beat Egypt 3-1 in the eighth edition of annual event's final, winning 25-23 25-22 24-26 25-17 in the volleyball hall of Al Shabab Sports Center.

India had crushed China 3-0 in the third-place playoff Thursday.

During the event, Iran overcame Saudi Arabia, the UAE's youth team, and China in the semifinal.

It was the first time that Iran managed to defeat the Chinese side. Iran won 3-1.

Behnam Mahmoudi and Peyman Akbari, both from Iran, were picked as Player of the Tournament and Receiver of the Tournament.

Iran's South Korean manager Park Ki-Woon was also named Coach of the Tournament.

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