Rasoul pushes Iran through "great wall of China"


Rasoul Aghchehli tips the ball over the Chinese block

Brno, Czech Republic, June 28, 2017 – Captain Rasoul Aghchehli was Iran’s hero again as the team snatched a 3-2 (25-17, 23-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-10) victory over China despite the phenomenal blocking performance of the opponents in a Pool E match at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Brno.

The Chinese blocking contributed a fantastic 30 points to the squad’s tally, but this was not enough for the victory. Iran’s Aliasghar Mojarad himself scored nine kill blocks, while Rasoul became the overall best scorer of the match with 24 points. Liying Zhou was China’s top scorer with 22 points. He and his teammate Yuantai Yu made seven blocking points each.

In the first three sets, China played very well at blocking, but only in the second this led them to the eventual success – 25-23. In the first and the third sets, Iran’s spikers, led by captain Rasoul Aghchehli, still managed to outplay the opponents en route to the final scores of 25-17 and 26-24. In set 4, the Chinese block was not just good, it was phenomenal, delivering as many as 10 stuffs towards the 25-20 win. The tie-breaker was quite one-sided, although the Chinese blockers were still able to sneak in three of the team’s 10 points in the set – 15-10 Iran’s way.


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