Source: Press TV
Italy's national volleyball team has trounced Iran in straight sets at the 2014 Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League.
A view of the match between Iran and Italy volleyball teams
On Friday, the Azzurri sealed their first home win of the tournament by seeing off Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) in a match played at the Pala Trieste sports hall in the city of Trieste.
The Iranians started the match with vim and vigor, and dug and spiked effectively throughout the first set. They went ahead but the opposite side came back to take control of the set and win it 25-19.
The Italian team kept its dominant performance in the second set of the game with some good attacks. Italian spiker Jiri Kovar assisted his side to chalk up another Iran lead (15-17) in the set.
And, a wicked ace from Luca Vettori determined the set and Italy won 25-22.
Iran's reception was weak in the third set, and even though Iranians stood firm against the hosts and could level the score at 10-10 and 21-21, it was the Italian team that powered through at the end.
The Italians ultimately won 25-23 and ended the game, thanks to Kovar's serves and attacks.
Kovar was named the top scorer of the match with 15 points. Shahram Mahmoudi was Iran's top scorer with 13.
Italy's coach Mauro Berruto praised his team after the game. "There should be a special mention for (Simone) Parodi, because he took responsibility at key moments in the match," he said.
Italian captain Emanuele Birarelli said, "Iran's resistance was strong, but Italy was stronger. We served well and attacked well from the wings."
Iran's coach Slobodan Kovac said, "We have played at the same level of Italy, but in my opinion the Italian serve was decisive."
"We tried to face the Italian attacks, but they are in a top shape. We'll need something more for Verona match." Iran's captain Saeed Marouflakrani commented.
Iran and Italy will meet again on Sunday at Verona's Pala Olimpia sports hall in their second 2014 FIVB World League clash.
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