Iran come from behind to beat the U.S at FIVB Grand Champions Cup

September 13, 2017

Iran earned their second consecutive win in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup on Wednesday.

The Iranian national volleyball team beat the U.S. 3-2 (20-25, 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12) at the Nippon Gaishi Hall.

Milad Ebadipour, who was contained by the U.S. in the first two sets, stepped up on offence and finished with 18 points.

Amir Ghafour and Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad were among the Iranian players vital in comeback, scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Matthew Anderson and Taylor Sander made 17 points apiece on a losing effort.

Iran maintained their clean win-record, while the U.S. dropped to 1-1 in the 2017 edition of the World Grand Champions Cup.

Five of Iran’s six wins at the tournament have come in five sets.

Team Melli will play the event’s most decorated team Brazil on Friday.

The competition has brought six teams Iran, Japan, the U.S., France, Italy and Brazil together in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan from 12 to 17 September.

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