News ID: 169213
Published: 0831 GMT September 24, 2016

Iran blanks South Korea with straight sets in 2016 AVC Cup for Men

Iran blanks South Korea with straight sets in 2016 AVC Cup for Men

Iran’s national B volleyball team has trounced defending champion South Korea in straight sets at the preliminary round of the 2016 Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup for Men in Thailand.

On Saturday, the Persians registered an emphatic win by seeing off the South Korean men's national volleyball team 3-0, with the set scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-16, in a Pool B match played at Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium in the central city of Nakhon Pathom.

The South Koreans got off to a decent start, and managed to notch up the first two points of the match to take an early lead over the Persians. The East Asians entered the first technical time-out 8-5.

The Iranians then narrowed the gap to 6-10, before the opposite side got a five-point advantage at the second technical time-out and both teams went out 16-11 for a breather. The Iranian volleyball players eventually won the set 25-23 despite the South Korean’s spirited fight-back.

Iran's squad maintained its array in the second set of the game, and went into a stiff competition against South Korea.

The Iranian sportsmen did not seem to be capitulating, and raced out to an 8-7 lead at the first technical time-out of the second set.

The Iranians slammed fine spikes and blocked the ball well to grab the second time-out 16-12.

The Iranian team took up the available opportunities to surge ahead and finished the set 25-17 at last.

The Persians began the third set energetically, and kept on earning points as both sides went into the second technical time-out 16-9. The Iranian team ultimately pulled out to a 25-16 victory.

South Korea's Hwang Kyungmin was named the top scorer of the match with 16 points. Reza Ghara tallied 13 points for Iran.

The national Iranian men’s B volleyball team is scheduled to face Thailand in a quarterfinal fixture on Monday.

The 2016 AVC Cup for Men, which marks the 5th edition of the cup, started in Nakhon Pathom on September 22 and will run through September 28.

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