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Volleyball: India, Iran knocked out in quarters of U21 World Championships

Iran (white) lost 3-0 to Brazil in the quarter-finals of the Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey. Photo: FIVB.

Iran (white) lost 3-0 to Brazil in the quarter-finals of the Men’s U21 World Championship in Turkey. Photo: FIVB.

August 31, 2013: Iran and India were both knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Men’s U21 World Championship in Turkey, leaving no Asian interest in the semi-finals.

 

Brazil beat Iran 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-22) in a tightly contested 90-minute three-setter, while Russia beat India 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-16) in more convincing fashion.

 

Captain Javad Hosseinabadi was Iran’s top scorer with 14 points, but even he could not inspire his side against Brazil, for whom Alan Souza was the standout player with 28 points.

 

Russia brushed aside India in 63 minutes. Despite making more mistakes than India in the first set, Russia dominated in spiking and blocking to win 25-21.

 

In the second set, Mikhail Nikolaev’s team reduced their unforced errors and improved their serving – nailing six aces – as they cruised to a quick 25-15 win. Russia again proved too strong in the third set, with Victor Poletaev ending as the top scorer with 18 points, while Anup D’Costa was India’s leading scorer with nine.

 

India finished fourth in 2009 and Iran were third in 2007, and both lost in the quarter-finals at the last event in 2011.

 

As Iran and India looked ahead to 5th-8th classification matches for the second successive event, Japan and China were contesting the 9th-16th places.

 

Japan came from a set behind to beat Tunisia 3-1 (23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19), with Naoya Takano scoring 19 points, one more than fellow outside hitter Takahiko Imamura. Serbia beat China 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-16), with Liang Zhenghui top scoring for China with nine points.

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