News ID: 195019
Published: 0232 GMT June 18, 2017

Poland wins to deny Iran FIVB World League Finals berth

Poland wins to deny Iran FIVB World League Finals berth
Amir Ghafour (L) and Masoud Gholami were in action against Poland in a FIVB World League Pool H1 fixture on June 17, 2017.

Iran continued its poor run away from home as the Asian side was well-beaten at the hands of Poland in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) in 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League in the city of Lodz, Poland.




Iran and Poland that had earlier lost to USA and Russia respectively went into their second Pool H1 fixture of the competition on Saturday to put in a last-ditch effort to keep their chances alive of securing a berth in the World League Finals in Brazil.

Iranians were full of hopes to build on their victory over the European opponent in Week 1, but the home side supported by some 14,000 partisan fans proved too tough this time.

Poland started stronger and a run of mistakes by Iranian players led to easy defeats in first two sets for the Asian side (25-17, 25-18).

It was only in the third set that the Iranian players produced a better performance to get back into the game, however it was too late as Poland won the set 25-22.

A lot of credit for Poland's victory goes to Dawid Konarski and Michael Kubiak, who scored a combined total of 25 points. Milad Ebadipour managed a team-high 8 points for Iran on the other side of the net.

Seven blocks and four aces for Poland, to Iran's six and zero, sealed the deal as Iran committed 20 mistakes and was no match for the ruthless host.

Iran's coach Igor Kolakovic accepted the opponent's dominance in the course of all three sets, saying: "First of all I want to congratulate Poland on the 3-0 victory. Poland were better than us in all elements. We can say we did not play good, but we play as good as opponent let us. In the last set we had an opportunity, but Poland put pressure on serve, especially to the second zone. I don't want to speak about our problems, because the result is clear.

Saeid Marouf was also full of disappointment after the defeat saw Iran's last shot at a place in the Finals spoiled.

"I don't know what to say because we made too many mistakes. Our opponents were better in every element. Only in the third set we played at our level. Poland had a good day, they served well and we had problem with reception." Iran's captain said after the game.





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