FIVB Boy’s U19 Champs/ Iran Crown World Championship
Riffa, Bahrain, August 27, 2017 – Iran kept their unbeaten run to claim the top podim spot in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship, following their four-set win over Russia at the Isa City Sports Hall on Sunday.Iran succeeded in their gold medal hunt as they defeated Russia 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20). Porya Yali, Morteza Sharifi and Amirhossein Esfandiar dominated on offence as they combined for 54 of Iran’s 59 attacks – outscoring Russia’s entire attack output of 46.
Iran found the perfect combination of heavy hitters that will take them to top of the podium. Yali led Iran in scoring, Sharifi was their most efficient hitter, while Esfandiar played consistently across all skillsets.
Japan completed their campaign with bronze medal, following a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) win over Asian rivals Korea. Japan recovered well from their semifinal loss to Russia on Saturday, to record their seventh win in the tournament.
Kento Miyaura consistently led Japan in scoring and his performance in the bronze medal match was no different as he topped all scorers with 16 points. Mahiro Saeki also had a commendable performance on defence, scoring four of Japan’s 10 blocks.
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