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Volleyball: Iran beats Italy at World Grand Champions Cup

Source: Tehran Times

Iran defeated Italy 3-2 (26-24, 16-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12) in an impressive game in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Grand Champions Cup on Wednesday.

In the match held at the Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium, leading the way for Iran was Mohammad Mousavi, who put up an incredible defensive effort, with eight of his 17 scores coming from blocks. Italy had five players in double digit scoring, led by Jiri Kovar, also with 17 points, FIVB wrote.

Iran lost to Brazil 3-1 in its opening match while Italy defeated reigning Olympic champion Russia 3-1.

"We are very happy because we beat Italy. They are always one of the best teams. In the second and third sets, their block caused many problems for us. This time we could continue to play and adjust, and resolve problems," Iran coach Julio Velasco said in the post match news conference.

"In service and reception our team was better. We received their strong service well and that made a difference at the end of the match," he added.

The championships has brought six teams Japan (host), Iran (2013 Asian Champion), the U.S. (2013 NORCECA Champion), Brazil ( 2013 South American Champion), Russia (2013 European Champion) and Italy (Wild Card) together.

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