The 2019 VNL episode of one of the biggest rivalries in the 21st century ended in the favor of Iran who beat Poland in five sets on home soil in Urmia (nearly 5,000 spectators at the Al Ghadir Sports Complex), extending their winning streak in the tournament to four games and claiming the top spot in the standings before the final day of Week 3 (7-1; 21 points).
With this win over Poland (4-4; 12 points), Iran confirmed to be a team that can hardly be beaten when playing at home ground at major world level tournaments (the sixth straight win as the hosts).
Unlike some previous encounters between these two sides, there were no incidents both on and off the court.
Polish fans, who watched the match in front of TV screens can be proud of their players for pushing the match to the tie-break knowing that their head coach Vital Heynen brought young squad to Week 3 (the libero Jedrzej Gruszczynski made his national team debut), while Iran all of their major stars in the roster.
Amir Ghafour top-scored for Iran with 28 points. Lukasz Kaczmarek made 22 for Poland.
In the other Pool 11 match on Day 2 in Week 3, Russia wrote down the seventh consecutive 2019 VNL win, equaling their VNL record which they set in the last year’s Preliminary Round.
Denis Zemchenok scored 12 points, while Igor Filippov made 4 kill blocks in the four-set victory of “Zbornaya“ (7-1; 20 points) over Canada (4-4; 12 points) for which Sharone Vernon-Evans scored 16 points and Arthur Szwarc set up 4 kill blocks.
2019 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League, Week 3 – Day 2:
Pool 9 (Gondomar, Portugal):
Brazil – China 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22)
Portugal – Serbia 2-3 (25-21, 15-25, 22-25, 32-30, 9-15)
Pool 10 (Varna, Bulgaria):
Australia – Italy 1-3 (18-25, 32-30, 18-25, 15-25)
Bulgaria – Japan 2-3 (25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 19-25, 19-21)
Pool 11 (Urmia, Iran):
Russia – Canada 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23)
Iran – Poland 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-8)
Pool 12 (Cannes, France):
USA – Germany 3-1 (25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20)
France – Argentina 1-3 (18-25, 17-25, 25-19, 20-25)
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