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Undefeated Iran top podium of Boys’ U19 World Championship

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 27, 2017 – Iran kept their unbeaten run to claim the top podium 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.

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Gold Medal Match

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 in 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 to take them to the top of the podium. Yali led Iran in scoring, Sharifi was their most efficient hitter, while Esfandiar played consistently across all skill sets.



Bronze Medal Match

Japan completed their campaign with a 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 in defence, scoring four of Japan’s 10 blocks.



5th-6th Place

Meanwhile, France claimed fifth spot in the tournament, following their 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 26-24) win over Egypt. France outplayed Egypt with better attacks, blocks and serves that destabilised the latter’s drive in their encounter.



7th-8th Place

The Czech Republic finished in seventh place, following their 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9) win over Brazil. Marek Sotola led their offence with 21, while Josef Polak took care of net defence as he made 10 of the Czech Republic’s 19 total blocks.





9th-10th Place

Italy recovered from a rough patch in the Round of 16 and claimed three victories in a row, including Sunday’s 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-20) triumph over China. The Italians won a total of six matches in the tournament for a ninth place finish.



11th-12th Place

Turkey concluded their stint with a 3-1 (27-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-18) win over Argentina to clinch 11th place. Turkey captain Adis Lagumdzija delivered another double-digit performance that included 17 attacks, one block and two aces.



13th-14th Place

Bahrain had an impressive performance against Puerto Rico to finish 13th overall. The visiting side looked restless as they committed multiple turnovers, while the host team looked determined and patient in their plays to claim a 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-23) win.



15th-16th Place

USA ended their campaign with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 26-24) win over Cuba to finish in 15th place. Both squads were almost equal in attacks, but USA were more driven to earn more points from their net defence and service.



Dream Team



Most Valuable Player: Amirhosseini Esfandiar (IRI)
Best Outside Spikers: Amirhosseini Esfandiar (IRI), Pavel Tetyukhin (RUS)
Best Middle Blockers: Artem Melnikov (RUS), Amir Hossein Toukhteh (IRI)
Best Setter: Shunsuke Nakamura (JPN)
Best Opposite Spiker: Im Donghyeok (KOR)
Best Libero: Kenta Ichikawa (JPN)

Top Scorer by Day
30 – Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
28 – Porya Yali of Iran v Italy on August 19
34 – Youssef Hamdy Awad (Elsafy) of Egypt v Tunisia on August 20
35 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Argentina on August 21
30 – Celestin Cardin of France v Poland on August 22
32 – Yousef Hamdy Awad of Egypt v Cuba on August 24
32 – Lazaro Brunet of Cuba v Egypt on August 24
26 – Diego Gonzalez of Mexico v Cuba on August 25
26 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Egypt on August 25
34 – Adis Lagumdzia of Turkey v Italy on August 26
29 – Porya Yali of Iran v Russia on August 27

Top Scoring Performances
35 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Argentina on August 21
34 – Adis Lagumdzia of Turkey v Italy on August 26
34 – Youssef Hamdy Awad (Elsafy) of Egypt v Tunisia on August 20
32 – Yousef Hamdy Awad of Egypt v Cuba on August 24
32 – Lazaro Brunet of Cuba v Egypt on August 24
30 – Celestin Cardin of France v Poland on August 22
30 – Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
29 – Porya Yali of Iran v Russia on August 27
28 – Gabriel Garcia of Puerto Rico v United States on August 26
28 – Porya Yali of Iran v Italy on August 19
27 – Adis Lagumdzija of Turkey v Argentina on August 22
26 – Diego Gonzalez of Mexico v Cuba on August 25
26 – Donghyeok Im of Korea v Egypt on August 25
26 – Remigiusz Kapica of Poland v Chile on August 24
26 – Victor Aleksander Cardoso of Brazil v France on August 18
25 – Victor Aleksander Cardoso of Brazil v Czech Republic on August 27
23 – Jaylen Jasper of United States v Egypt on August 22
23 – Remi Bassereau of France v Brazil on August 18

Top Individual Serving Performances
5 – Morteza Sharifi of Iran v China on August 21
4 – Stanislav Antonov of Russia v China on August 24
4 – Pavel Tetyukhin of Russia v China on August 24
4 – Amirhossein Esfandiar of Iran v Turkey on August 24
4 – Raiko Altunaga Serosa of Cuba v Poland on August 20
4 – Ondrej Piskacek of Czech Republic v Mexico on August 19
4 – Cong Tian of China v Mexico on August 18

Top Team Serving Performances
14 – Russia v China on August 24
9 – France v Egypt on August 27
9 – China v United States on August 25
9 – Italy v Cuba on August 25
9 – Turkey v Argentina on August 22
9 – Russia v Chile on August 21
9 – United States v Tunisia on August 21
9 – Iran v China on August 21
8 – France v Brazil on August 18
8 – Italy v Czech Republic on August 18
7 – Cuba v Poland on August 20
7 – Czech Republic v Mexico on August 19

Top Individual Blocking Performances
10 – Josef Polak of Czech Republic v Brazil on August 27
10 – Artem Melnikov of Russia v Korea on August 22
9 – Alex Rusch of Chile v Mexico on August 25
9 – Luis Vidal Allen Serrano of Cuba v Poland on August 20
7 – Nicolas Zerba of Argentina v Korea on August 21
6 – Diego Cantagalli of Italy v Turkey on August 26
6 – Nicolas Zerba of Argentina v Czech Republic on August 24
6 – Luis Vidal Allen Serrano of Cuba v France on August 19
6 – Lorenzo Cortesia of Italy v Czech Republic on August 18
5 – Lorenzo Cortesia of Italy v Turkey on August 26
5 – Ahmet Tumer of Turkey v Italy on August 26
5 – Remi Bassereau of France v Czech Republic on August 26
5 – Pedro Molina of Puerto Rico v United States on August 26
5 – Randy Perez of Puerto Rico v United States on August 26
5 – Mohamed Jasim of Bahrain v Cuba on August 26
5 – Nicolas Zerba of Argentina v China on August 26
5 – Amir Hossein Toukteh of Ir Korea v on August 26

Top Team Blocking Performances
20 – Russia v France on August 25
19- Czech Republic v Brazil on August 27
19 – Bahrain v Puerto Rico on August 21
18 – Cuba v Poland on August 20 
18 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
17 – Russia v Iran on August 27
17 – Italy v Turkey on August 26
17 – Turkey v Argentina on August 22
15 – Argentina v Czech Republic on August 24
15 – Italy v Iran on August 19
14 – Puerto Rico v United States on August 26

Highest Scoring Sets
40-38 – France v Poland on August 22
33-31 – Egypt v Brazil on August 26
32-30 – Tunisia v Egypt on August 20
32-30 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia on August 18
30-28 – Tunisia v United States on August 21
29-27 – Egypt v Puerto Rico on August 19
28-26 – Chile v Poland on August 24
29-27 – China v United States on August 25
27-25 – Turkey v Argentina on August 27

Highest Scoring Matches
229 – Puerto Rico v Tunisia 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 30-32, 25-22,17-15) on August 18
228 – China v Argentina 3-2 (25-23, 24-26, 25-22, 23-25, 18-16)
224 – Russia v France 3-2 (25-27, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14) on August 25
223 – United States v Tunisia 3-2 (28-30, 22-25, 25-19, 26-24,15-9) on August 21
223 – Japan v France 3-2 (24-26, 27-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13) on August 20
218 – France v Poland 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-20, 40-38) on August 22
209 – Italy v Turkey 3-2 (28-26, 16-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-8) on August 26
208 – Iran v Italy 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-12) on August 19
205 – Mexico v Tunisia 3-2 (25-18, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11) on August 24
202 – Czech Republic v Brazil 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-9) on August 27

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