Serbia's win came in front of 12000 home fans in Tehran on Saturday to continue
their 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League on the right foot. The victory means
that Serbia have now broken the series tied at 2-2 out of their last four
opening World League fixtures. Last season, these teams met twice in the World
League and both secured a home victory. First, Serbia won 3-1 in Novi Sad and
the next weekend, Iran won 3-2 in Tehran. Iran entered the court with heads up
from yesterday's victory against Belgium 3-2 but the resistant Serbia dominated
the first set 25-20.
Iran carrying the unstoppable applause of the fans improved in the second
set make it tie 18-18 and then lost the control of the match going down
22-20 to finally have Lisinac closing the set 25-23.
The home side opened the third set with dominance and pounced with three
consecutive points for a 3-0 lead. However, Serbia quickly equalized the
score, But Iran moved in front at 12-6 following a powerful attack of Milad
Ebadipour. Grbic called his players out to decrease the gap. Then. mistakes
began to creep into the match for both teams. Serbia carried some winning
points but Iran took a five-point advantage into the second technical break.
The single block of Ebadipour proved the authoritative power of the host
finishing the third set 25-16.
Making a come-back to the match, Iranian team played with more confidence
but Serbia maintained their composure surged ahead to 8-2. Coach Kolakovic
of Iran made some changes in his line-up but it was all in vain as Serbia
continued to power ahead 16-8 in the second TTO and bombarded Iran with
brilliant attacks taking the set 25-16.
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