Brno, Czech Republic, June 28, 2017 - Captain Rasoul Aghchehli was Iran's hero again as the team snatched a 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-10) victory over China despite the phenomenal blocking performance of the opponents in a Pool E match at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Brno.
The Chinese blocking contributed a fantastic 30 points to the squad's tally,
but this was not enough for the victory. Iran's Aliasghar Mojarad himself scored
nine kill blocks, while Rasoul became the overall best scorer of the match with
24 points. Liying Zhou was China's top scorer with 22 points. He and his
teammate Yuantai Yu made seven blocking points each.
In the first three sets, China played very well at blocking, but only in the second this led them to the eventual success - 25-23. In the first and the third sets, Iran's spikers, led by captain Rasoul Aghchehli, still managed to outplay the opponents en route to the final scores of 25-17 and 26-24. In set 4, the Chinese block was not just good, it was phenomenal, delivering as many as 10 stuffs towards the 25-20 win. The tie-breaker was quite one-sided, although the Chinese blockers were still able to sneak in three of the team's 10 points in the set - 15-10 Iran's way.
Behrouz Ataei, coach of Iran: "It was a very hard match, because now every loss means not to be qualified in top four. We made fewer mistakes than the opponents and I am happy for the victory."
Rasoul Aghchehli, captain of Iran: "It was a really hard match - we know how strong China are. They play a lot of combinations with all their 12 players."
Genyin Ju, coach of China: "Our players played at their best level today. They fought and it is a pity that we lost the sets in the end."
Zhihao Lui, captain of China: "I am sorry that we did not win the third set. I think if we had won it, we would have won the match."
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