0923 GMT February 18, 2020
Iran snatched victory in its second match in Group A of the Men's Continental Tokyo Volleyball Qualification against Kazakhstan, but conceded another defeat to South Korea in Group B of the women’s competitions of the same tournament.
On Wednesday, Iran’s men powered past Kazakhstan 3-0 (28-26, 25-16, 25-18) at Jiangmen Sports Center Gymnasium in China, varzesh3.com reported.
The win was the Iranian squad’s second victory in a six-day tournament (January 7-12) in which eight Asian sides are competing for just one Olympic berth.
Iranian men had defeated Chinese Taipei 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-14) in their first match on Tuesday.
Iran’s coach Igor Kolakovic did not use its main lineup for the encounter against Kazakhstan, giving younger players the opportunity to play an official match and add to their experience.
Iran takes on China, its most formidable rival in the group stage, today (Thursday).
Iranian women, however, failed to emerge victorious in their match against South Korea in the same qualification tourney on Wednesday, losing the game 3-0 (25-15, 25-9, 25-19) to their East Asian rival in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, despite putting in a brilliant performance.
In their first group match, Iran’s women had been beaten 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-14) by Kazakhstan a day before.
Having started on January 7, the women’s contests of the tournament will continue until January 12.
Iran’s initial lineup for the match comprised Fatemeh Amini, Mina Roosta, Mona Ashofteh, Negin Shirtari, Hanieh Mohtashampour, Elahieh Poursaleh and Haleh Mottaqian.
Iranian women play against Indonesia in their third match in the group stage today (Thursday).
Following his men’s match against Chinese Taipei, Kolakovic said his team must continue its winning way tournament.
In an address to a press conference, he noted that, "Today we respected our opponent. We had played one game [against the same rival] several months ago in the Asian Championship in which they played good volleyball. Today, I am so happy because it was an important victory for us.”
Commenting on the victory against Chinese Taipei, Iran’s captain Saeid Marouf said, "It was a good start. The first set was tough but later it became much easier for us. We were happy to be the better side in all three sets. We played quite comfortably."