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Iran defeats Japan 3-2 in Asian volleyball meet

Tehran, Sept 24, IRNA-Iran extracted a 3-2 win over Nippon in the 13th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Suphan Buri, Thailand, Saturday.

The Iranian side, which overcame the Aussies 3-1 in their opening clash Friday, won the first two sets against the Japanese team, but it was pegged back and forced to fight against struggling Japan in the deciding fifth set.

Iran won the first, second, and fifth sets 25-21 25-19 17-15, conceding the third and fourth sets 25-18 25-18.

The Group B-bound Iran is to play South Korea Sunday.

Iran stood third in the previous edition in China.

Thailand, India, China, and Qatar are in Group A.

... Payvand News - 9/24/05 ... --

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