News ID: 126848
Published: 0606 GMT September 13, 2015

Russia stuns Iran in straight sets

Russia stuns Iran in straight sets

Dmitriy Muserskiy showed force to lead Russia in its straight-set (26-24, 25-18, 25-20) win over Iran in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup at the Hamamatsu Arena on Sunday.

Muserskiy tallied 20 points, including 16 kills, one block and three aces; and Maxim Mikhaylov added 10 more points for the great Russian triumph. Iran’s Amir Ghafour and Mojtaba Mirzajanpour finished the match with 12 points each. Iran suffered with 27 turnovers that allowed Russia to build a good lead in crucial moments of the match, fivb.com reported.

Iran was off to a quick start by converting its shots from both wings, with Mir Saeid Marouf getting his hitters involved this early on offence. Iran was up 8-5 at the first technical timeout but Russia regrouped and tied the score at 9-all. Iran was rewarded with a 12-10 lead as it played excellent floor and net defense. In the late stages of the set, Russia tirelessly challenged the Asian side and succeeded in finding the hole in the Iranian defense. Russia claimed the first set victory 26-24 from an Iranian service error and a Muserskiy attack.

The Russian offence flourished in the second set as Muserskiy and Mikhaylov fired bullet spikes from the wings but its rival later on plugged the hole on the Russian hitters’ cross-court spikes that allowed for an Iranian comeback. After a series of deadlocks, the Russians benefitted from the Iranian errors that logged a 22-16 lead. Russia pulled through in the second set 25-18 off Iran’s two consecutive errors. Iran started off strong in the third set but the Russians played with great tempo to rally past the team late in the set 25-20.

   
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