Iranian Volleyballers Stun US in World League

Alalamalislami: Iran’s national volleyball team has beaten US in straight sets in a Pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League.

Iranian volleyballers landed the defending champions their first loss of the 2015 season to send a packed 12,000-seater Azadi stadium to cheers late on Friday night.

Having steered the Iranian squad to its first-ever World League victory over the United States, the host’s Serbian boss Slobodan Kovač hailed his boys’ performance, saying, “It was a very difficult game for both teams but we can still do much better.”

Saeid Marouf sets for Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi who is preparing for a spike position in a Pool B match against the United States at Tehran’s Azadi stadium on June 19, 2015. 

Thousands of fans gather at the Azadi stadium in Tehran to support Iran’s national volleyball team in its Pool B clash against US on June 19, 2015.

Supported by thousands of roaring fans, Iran managed to trounce US, who had won all their six previous matches, in three successive sets (25-19, 29-27, 25-20) in the fifth week of the tournament.

Shahram Mahmoudi scored 17 points to help Iran break US unbeaten record.

The two rivals are scheduled to meet once again on Sunday.

Iran is also set to take on Poland on June 26 and 28 and will play against Russia on July 3 and 4.

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