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Iran defeats US 3-1, storms into world U-21 volleyball quarters

Iran on Monday defeated United States 3-1 and advanced into the last eight of 2005 Junior Men's U-21 World Volleyball Championship in Visakhapatnam, a seaport in Andhra Pradesh in eastern India, IRNA reported.

Iran stunned US in two consecutive sets with similar 25-21 victories, but conceded a 25-19 loss before wrapping up an invaluable spirit-raising 3-1 triumph with a 25-23 win in the fourth set.

US manager John Straw said Iran was transformed and its performance was completely different from those in the last two matches.

He added, "Iran deserved the victory and my and my assistant's analyses did not work. I congratulate Iran."

Iran takes on the Netherlands Wednesday and arrays against powerful Brazil Thursday.

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