11. 08. 2019

OQT M: Russia sweep Iran, not losing single set on their way to Tokyo

Source: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com; Photo: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com

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Russia became the fourth national team to punch the ticket for the Men’s Volleyball Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via FIVB International Qualifier.

 

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Many expected a spectacle in the last round match of Pool E in Saint Petersburg between Russia and Iran, but the home side has spoiled the party. The “Zbornaya” swept the Asians in three sets, partially 25-19, 25-23 and 25-23, to claim the leadership in the pool and a berth in Tokyo.

The final score might fool those who did not watch the game as Russia had problems to reject Iran in the second and third set. The third set could have changed the course of the match but Iran were unable to preserve the lead of 20-17.

 

Interestingly, the Finnish expert on Russia’s bench decided to keep Mikhaylov as back-up through the entire match, giving a chance to Viktor Poletaev. It turned out that Mikhaylov played only one match in the tournament and it was against the lowest-ranked rivals Mexico, on Day 1.

The young opposite hitter highlighted with game-high 19 points (nearly 70% attack success rate). It was two more than Amir Ghafour scored for Iran. Russia dominantly secured a spot in the Olympics with all three wins and by not losing a single set.

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):

Egypt – Puerto Rico 3-0 (25-17, 31-29, 25-17)

Bulgaria – Brazil 2-3 (25-23, 25-19, 30-32, 16-25, 11-15)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):

Netherlands – USA 1-3 (18-25, 20-25, 25-17, 21-25)

South Korea – Belgium 0-3 (25-27, 21-25, 24-26)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):

Cameroon – Australia 0-3 (17-25, 16-25, 18-25)

Serbia - Italy 0-3 (16-25, 19-25, 19-25)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):

France – Tunisia 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22)

Poland - Slovenia 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):

Cuba – Mexico 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-22)

Russia - Iran 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-23)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):

Canada - Finland 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-20)

China – Argentina 2-3 (25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 9-15)

Standings

 

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