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- Text size: + -  Number: 13634صفحه نخست » Short NewsMon, 01st Jun 2015 - 14:41
Captain Marouf: It Was Our Worst Performance
The US prevailed over Iran national Volleyball team in their second 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League match in Los Angeles on Monday.

The Asian champions once again were overpowered by the 2014 World League champions 3-1, and stood the bottom of Pool B at the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League.

"We didn’t do anything on the court. It was our worst performance, I think, in the last two or three years," Iran's Marouf said.

"The other side, the US, played perfect volleyball at a high level. We must learn a lot from the US team today," Zenit Kazan star stressed.

Matthew Anderson, Marouf teammate in Zenit Kazan, scored a game-high 19 points for the host while Amir Ghafour scored 13 for Iranian side.

After today's matches, the US stood atop of Pool B with 6 points and are followed by Poland (5 points), Russia (1 point) and Iran (0).

" The US played better than us again. It’s so difficult to say something; so many mistakes; no good face on the court," Slobodan Kovac said.

"I’ve stayed with this team more than 60 matches, and I see so many players afraid to play and make mistakes, and I don’t know why… My team in general receives very well. In these two matches we received so badly. Only at some points did we play good volleyball,” Iran's coach underlined.

Captain Marouf: It Was Our Worst Performance

Iran also were overpowered by the US 3-1 in their first 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League match on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Earlier, Iran and the US have met once before in the Volleyball World League, and the US beat Iran in straight sets in the 2014 semifinal. Also, both teams met in the first round of the 2014 World Championships when Iran proved too strong for the US in five sets.

The National Iranian volleyball team had ranked fourth in the FIVB 2014 World League, gaining the best title among the Asian teams which have participated in the 25-year history of the league.

Brazil (9 times), Italy (8 times), Russia (3 times), Cuba (once), the Netherlands (once), Poland (once) and the US (twice) are the seven countries which have won the World League during its previous 25 editions.

Also, Iran's national Volleyball team had ended the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in sixth place by beating world powerhouses like the US and Italy.

Captain Marouf: It Was Our Worst Performance

According to the latest FIVB ranking in 2014, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in the 10th spot in the world. Three-time defending champions Brazil remain the top-ranked volleyball team with 335 points after they won the silver medal in the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship, and are followed by Russia with 330 points, despite a disappointing fifth-place finish with Poland occupying the final podium spot after their excellent performance in front of their home fans at the Men's World Championship with 275 points.

Italy (fourth), the US (fifth), Argentina (sixth), Germany (seventh), Serbia (eighth), Bulgaria (ninth) and Iran (10th) complete the top 10.

Source: Farsnews
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