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Iran wins AVC Cup for third time
Iran overpowered its arch rival China 3-1 (23-25 25-23 25-21 25-21) at the 5th AVC (Asian Volleyball Confederation) Cup for Men at the Nakhon Pathom, Thailand on Wednesday.

Iran’s Rahman Davoodi scored a match-high 18 points including 15 kills from 34 attempts. Masoud Gholami Renani added with 12 kills and Saman Faezi contributed with 4 kill blocks.

Jiang Chuan led China with massive 27 points including 24 kills from 41 attempts and 3 stuff blocks. Liu Libin added with 13 kills. Rao Shuhan contributed with 3 kill blocks.

After the match, the Iranians jumped for joy and danced around. They also threw veteran Alireza Behboudi to the air.

 Behboudi, 37, was named as the Most Valuable Player of the competition.

“It’s very difficult match. We had to try very, very much. Actually, we mainly focused on this match. We lost the first set and in the second set, we trailed China by 4-5 points. However, we believed that we could win. So, we continued the fightback and that’s why we could beat a very strong team from China. I would like to give the credit of this winning to the people of Iran,” Iran coach Naser Shahnazi said.

 “I would also like to congratulate the Iranian people for their kind support to our team. I thank the staff of the Iran Volleyball Federation, the IVF President as well as our team staff. Everyone played a vital role in our winning. Last but not least, I would like to thank all my players. They played with hearts. They did a good job,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Asian champion Japan claimed bronze medal after wedging out Chinese Taipei 3-1  (25-18 17-25 28-26 25-12) in the third-place playoff.

WEDNESDAY’S FINAL RESULTS

7th-8th: Thailand b Korea 3-0 (28-26 25-17 25-17)

5th-6th: Kazakhstan b Australia 3-0 (25-17 25-20 25-21)

Bronze-medal match: Japan b Chinese Taipei 3-1 (25-18 17-25 28-26 25-12)

Championship match: Iran b China 3-1 (23-25 25-23 25-21 25-21)

FINAL RANKINGS

1. Iran

2. China

3. Japan

4. Chinese Taipei

5. Kazakhstan

6. Australia

7. Thailand

8. Korea

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Best Setter: Shohei Yamaguchi (No.3 Japan)

Best Libero: Tung Li-Yi (No.5 Chinese Taipei)

Best Outside Spikers

1. Liu Libin (No.1 China)

2. Rahman Davoodi (No.11 Iran)

Best Middle Blockers

1. Miao Ruantong (No.9 China)

2. Masoud Gholami Renani (No.9 Iran)

Best Opposite Spiker: Jiang Chuan (No.2 China)

Most Valuable Player:  Alireza Behboudi (No.13 Iran)


 
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