Iranians were much more determined at the start, getting expressly 3-0. They kept the momentum in the next several points, but Alekno’s players gathered together and leveled at 9-all. With Marouf’s diversity in setting, Iran quickly regained a three-point gap 12-9. Point by point and the Asian side was closer and closer to claim the first set 17-14. But, since then, Russia scored eight and Iran only one point 22-18! Iranians just couldn’t remove Muserskiy from a service line! If it wasn’t an ace it was a missile that prevented rivals to organize a proper attack. Mirzajanpour boosted his team to 22-21, but Muserskiy was ruthless 26-24 for Russia.
It was the one man show by Mikhailov in the beginning of Set 2! He scored four of first six points from his team and Russia had 6-4, soon 8-6 at TTO. Iranians were certainly frustrated since they couldn’t level besides playing astonishing defense and serving strongly. The problem was in a poor realization of counter attacks. But it changed on 12-11 for Russia when Iran finally claimed lead 13-12 with important role from Mousavi. It was in vain as Ghaemi wasn’t focused, sending outside two consecutive spikes, 20-16 for Russia. When Mirzajanpour and Mousavi also started to make errors (22-16), it was all over in this set. Iranian coach Kovač was furious on a time-out! Russian players didn’t have to do anything, just to let the opponent beat itself 25-18.
We have seen a brand new Iran in the third set, but… Mirzajanpour, Ghaemi, Mousavi spiked like hell while they all digged excellently in defense. With Marouf’s brilliance in organizing attacks, Asians had 4-1, 8-5, 11-8. Russians were knocked down, but recovered and equalized at 16-16. Ghafour was blocked twice in a row, while Sivozhelez brought fresh energy to the court. Muserskiy was there when his team needed him mostly, 23-18 for Russia. Volvich converted quick attack 25-20 for Russia.
Dmitriy Muserskiy was the top scorer in Russia with 20 points. Amir Ghafour and Mojtaba Mirzajanpour had 12 each in Iran.
|Date/Time||Teams||Set||Result per set|
|13. 09. 2015 12:10||Egypt||vs||USA||0:3||20:25; 13:25; 21:25|
|13. 09. 2015 12:10||Venezuela||vs||Poland||1:3||27:25; 23:25; 16:25; 23:25|
|13. 09. 2015 15:10||Canada||vs||Australia||3:2||32:34; 25:15; 25:21; 27:29; 20:18|
|13. 09. 2015 15:10||Argentina||vs||Tunisia||3:0||25:20; 25:19; 25:20|
|13. 09. 2015 18:40||Iran||vs||Russia||0:3||24:26; 18:25; 20:25|
|13. 09. 2015 19:20||Italy||vs||Japan||3:0||25:21; 25:20; 25:15|
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