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Quiroga spiking over Iran's blocking

Ankara, Turkey, August 23, 2013 — Iran achieved their second Pool B victory at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey by shutting out Argentina on Friday afternoon. In what was the South American team’s opening match at the tournament, Ferhad Nafarzadeh’s squad brought them disappointment, but pleased the numerous Iranian fans on the stands by claiming a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18) victory. Argentina will have soon revenge playing v Japan at 6.00 Argentine time this Saturday morning.

In the first set the Iranian team were very successful in offence, but the Argentineans facilitated them for the eventual 25-19 with excessive unforced errors. Led by Pablo Koukartsev’s spiking efforts, the South Americans also put some pressure on the opponents with their attacks in the second set, but this gave a chance to the Iranian block to shine. Fabian Muraco’s players continued to lack precision in their game and eventually lost by 20-25. It was a similar story in the third set and Iran continued to dominate to secure a 25-18 victory in this final part and 3-0 in the match.

Pablo Koukartsev topped the scorers’ chart of the match with 10 points. Ghara Ebadipour and Captain Javad Hosseinabadi contributed 9 each to Iran’s victory.

Press Conference:

Fabian Muraco, coach of Argentina: “I want to congratulate the Iranian players. They are a great team. We did not have the chance to start the match well. My team was very nervous. Step by step we will improve our level. I hope we will be better tomorrow.”

Fernando Arpajou, captain of Argentina: “Iran played very well. We could not play the way we wanted. Hope to be better in our next match.”

Farhad Nafarzadeh, coach of Iran: “We played with one of Europe’s best U21 teams, Estonia, yesterday and we knew that it would be a tough match today against Argentina. Argentina is also one of the good teams. Argentina had the day off yesterday and watched our match. This made our job harder today. But we managed to win. My players did everything I told them to during the match. We played by making minimum mistakes and I congratulate my players.”

Javad Hosseinabadi, captain of Iran: “We prepared for the game against Argentina very well. We knew that it was going to be a tough match. We talked with my team about improving our level for this match. And I am happy to have coped this well.”

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