Brno, Czech Republic, July 2, 2017 - Iran claimed the prestigious fifth place in the final standings at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship Czech Republic 2017. In an all-Asian clash in Brno, the Iranians cruised to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) shutout of China with great contribution from middle blocker Aliasghar Mojarad.
Mojarad tallied five kill blocks for a total of 12 points, which made him the
best scorer for Iran. He was topped only by China's Jingyi Wang with 13 points.
China blocked really well in the first set, but not well enough to stop Amirhossein Esfandiar and his teammates on the way to a 25-19 win. While the Iranians improved their blocking in the second set, the Chinese committed far too many unforced errors. Closing the set at 25-20, Iran doubled their lead in the match. Coach Behrouz Ataei's squad stayed in control in the third set as well, despite a strong showing by Wang. Mojarad was unstoppable, contributing in both spiking and blocking, well assisted by sub-in Porya Yali, who scored six points with 100% success rate in attack, including the last one that closed the match at 25-21.
Behrouz Ataei, coach of Iran: "Our championship target was to enter the top four. We lost very sadly in five sets against Poland so afterwards, our goal was to take the fifth place. So I am really satisfied with the result and also with the fact, that we finished the tournament with a victory."
Rasoul Aghchehli, captain of Iran: "My team and I are so happy to take the fifth place. It was a tough loss on Thursday, because we absolutely wanted to play in the semifinals. Congratulations to all my teammates for closing the championship with a victory."
Genyin Ju, coach of China: "Our last match was not good. We did not play as we should. All the matches at this tournament were hard."
Zhihao Liu, captain of China: "Our performance toady was not optimal and our opponents were stronger."
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