Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, June 24, 2017 - First match of the second day in the Budvar Arena in Ceske Budějovice started off with a thrilling match, filled with drama. Iran celebrated their second win this tournament with a 3:2 win against Ukraine 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13.
Looking at the points both teams scored, it was a close match. Both teams
performed nearly equal on their attacks 48% - 49% in Iran's favour. The score on
blocks don't show a major difference either, Iran with 12 and Ukraine with 13.
The first two sets proved to be very close for the both teams with Ukraine performing slighty better on their blocks. However, it was Iran who closed the second set with smooth attacks.
A perfect show was put on during the third set for the Ukranian fans as they improved their attacking skills and closed the set 23-25.
With a tie-break as a result, Ukraine worked together as a team and thanks to a strong word by their coach, they improved their team play.
During the last set, both teams started from scratch to earn their points. With Ukraine not making the most out of the side-out, it was Iran who snatched the victory from Ukraine.
Behrouz Ataei, coach of Iran:
"This match was very important
for us, if we could win this, we could go to another level - and we did! Ukraine
was not playing on their top level yesterday but today they were very strong and
ticked all the boxes of strong volleyball play. My players are tired, yesterday
was a hard match and now I'm very happy with this result."
Mykola Pasazhin, coach of Ukraine: "The main problem of our play is our attack. We did not make the most out of it today. We were very weak in our attack during the first two sets and recovered as a team later on but Iran proved too strong."
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