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Slobodan Kovac bemoans Iran’s lack of discipline
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_09-2(42).jpgIran volleyball coach Slobodan Kovac has bemoaned his players’ lack of discipline in the match against the U.S.
 
Iran lost to the U.S. volleyball team on Thursday (25-23, 25-23, 25-21) in the second match of the USA Volleyball Cup at the Anaheim Convention Center. 
 
The Iranian team had lost its first friendly match 3-1 (27-25,25-21, 27-29, 25-17) on Sunday. 
 
“I think we played well in second and third sets. On the whole, I tried to get the chance to players who didn’t play in the past three months. Some of them were playing for the first time,” Kovac said.
 
“We consider these friendlies as preparatory matches in which we can learn from them and gain experience, however, I am worried about our lack of readiness for the FIVB Volleyball World Championship. We are FIVB World League’s fourth team but I am not satisfied with our results,” the Serbian coach added.
 
“It doesn’t matter who is your opponent. You have to play well-organized. The Iranian players are very emotional and it’s difficult to lead the team under these conditions,” Kovac stated.    
 
Iran will play the U.S. on Saturday at San Diego State University and will face the World League title holder at the UC Irvine one day later.
“I hope we play better in our two remaining matches. Also, I congratulate the U.S. volleyball team for these victories,” Kovac said. 
 
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