1057 GMT January 17, 2019
The Iranian outfit, consisting of captain Rasoul Aghcheli, Javad Karimi, Esmaeil Talebi, Amir Hossein Esfandiyar, Esmaeil Mosafer, Tayyeb Eini and Ali Asghar Mojarrad in its starting lineup, managed to triumph over the Sri Lankan squad 3-0, with the set scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-14, in a fixture staged at the indoor Kaohsiung Arena in the city of Kaohsiung, southwestern Taiwan, Press TV reported.
Sri Lankans got off to a decent start and trailed the Persians point by point, until the Iranian sportsmen surged ahead and established an 8-7 lead at the first technical timeout.
Sri Lankan volleyball players then took advantage of the individual mistakes made by the Iranians to score, and entered the second timeout 16-15.
The Iranian side did not give up after the breather, and could eventually claim the first set by 25 points to 18.
The Iranians dug and spiked effectively as the match extended into the second set, and bolted to an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout.
After the break, the defending champion was better in service, reception and attacks, and recorded a 16-10 lead at the second technical timeout. It closed the set at 25-14.
The Iranian players held their composure in the third set, and finally chalked up a 25-14 win.
“Our technical team’s plans hit the snag in the first set due to the numerous errors and individual mistakes that our players made. The players could, however, correct their mistakes afterwards and asserted the lead in the second and third sets, and mounted offensives to seal the victory,” Iran’s head coach Behrouz Ataei said after the match.
The 18th edition of the Asian Men's U20 Volleyball Championship kicked off in Kaohsiung on July 9 and will wrap up on July 17.