Russia defeat Iran to progress to final six of FIVB World League

June 19, 2017

Russia booked their place in the final six of the International Volleyball Federation World League as they cruised to a straight-sets victory over Iran in Lodz in Poland.

The London 2012 Olympic gold medallists beat Iran 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-18) in Pool H1.

Egor Kliuka topped the scoring charts for Russia as he notched 13 points, while Mojtaba Mirzajanpour managed 12 for the defeated Iranians.

The result saw Russia pick up their fourth straight World League victory and ensured they progressed to the next round.

“This match didn’t have big rivalry meaning for us, because it was already known that we can’t qualify for the FIVB Final Six, while for Russia it was very important,” Igor Kolakovic said in the post-match news conference.

“Russia is a big team, which they showed and in general during this tournament, because they defeated Poland and USA. I had a chance to give other players opportunity to play. They didn’t spend long time on court before, during the major events. Although, I think that they used this opportunity in good way,” he added.

“They showed good volleyball, but to beat Russia much more is needed. I am happy with how they fought until the middle of the second set,” said Kolakovic.

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