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Kovac Voices Optimism about Advancing to Next Round
Iran's coach Slobodan Kovac expressed the hope that his men would beat the US once again on Sunday, and keep alive their chances for advancing to the next round of the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League.

The Iranian volleyball team, in front of 12,000 spectators at Azadi sport complex, thrashed the 2014 FIVB World League champions US 3-0 (25-19, 29-27, 25-20) in a 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League match in pool B in Tehran on Friday.

"We did a great job tonight. I think that playing at Azadi Stadium was difficult for both of teams. However, for the US it was more difficult than us; yet our players were under pressure as well," Kovac said.

"We can even show a better performance in our second match against the US, though I expect the Americans to improve," Iran's coach added.

"It was just the first step toward booking a place in the next round of the competition, and five steps are still ahead of us," the Serbian coach stressed.

Kovac Voices Optimism about Advancing to Next Round

Now, the US stands atop of Pool B with 17 points and are followed by Poland (14 points), Iran (10 points) and Russia (1 point).

Iran were overpowered by the US in their first and second 2015 FIVB Volleyball World League match with the same 3-1 losses. The Asian champions were also defeated by Poland in their third and fourth matches in the competition, but succeed in earning one point from the European side. Kovac's men had thrashed Russia twice in their last away matches of the tournament.

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 26-year-old 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.

Iran ended the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in sixth place by beating world powerhouses like the US and Italy.

According to the latest FIVB ranking in 2014, the Islamic Republic of Iran is in the 10th spot in the world. 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, and with Poland occupying the final podium spot 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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