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Iran waltzes into Asian youth volleyball semis

Tehran, Sept 8, IRNA -- Iran cruised into the semifinals of the Asian Youth Volleyball Championship in Doha, capital of Qatar, on Wednesday.

The Group A-bound Iranian team demolished Oman in three straight sets, winning 25-20 25-16 25-21 in Khalifa Hall.

Iran has five points while South Korea and China will fight for another share of the group.

The Iranian side stuttered in the first step as it was beaten Monday.

Korea stunned Iran in three straight sets, winning 25-19 25-15 25-19.

Talking to IRNA, the secretary of the Iranian federation said, "We wrapped victory up for Korea."

Saeid Derakhshandeh added the Iranian players had a lackluster performance and let Korea win.

On Tuesday, Iran hammered China 3-0.

Iran handed the Chinese a humiliating defeat as it won 25-16 25-17 25-18.

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