Yali and Esfandiar boost Iran’s straight-sets triumph over Turkey


Riffa, Bahrain, August 24, 2017 - Iran imposed a straight-sets win against Turkey (25-18, 25-21, 25-13) to claim a quarter-finals berth in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boy’s U19 World Championship on Thursday at Isa CIty Sports Hall.

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Iran’s Porya Yali scored a total of 16 points (15 attacks, one block) while captain Amirhossein Esfandiar helped out with 11 more points. Turkey’s Adis Lagumdzija led the European side with 12 points. The Asian side powered through the match with their dominance on all fronts, scoring off 34 attacks, nine blocks and nine service aces. Turkey had the ability to play in the same level but they could not set up their offence with much precision and consistency. They mostly found difficulty in passing the ball, and in moments when they could do so, their opponents were quick to react on defence. Both sides possessed a powerful frontline but it was a good balance on offence and defence that spelled the difference for Iran.


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