Iran Narrowly Loses to Serbia

Iran Narrowly Loses to SerbiaIran Narrowly Loses to Serbia

Iran giants lost the five set thriller match 3-2 (21-25 25-22 27-25 20-25 15-11) to Serbia in a tooth and nails fight at the Volleyball Nations League in Chicago on Sunday.

The Serbian spiker was in fearsome form, finishing with 28 spikes, two blocks and two aces with some of his serves flying at over 120kph, wrote.

Serbia outspiked Iran 72-59 and out-blocked them 10-9 although it was Iran which bossed the service points 7-3.

Iran, cheered on by its fanatical fans still on a high from Friday’s brilliant victory over the Poles, was in this rollercoaster affair right until the very end and the likes of Milad Ghara (21 points) and Pourya Yali (13 points) will be left wondering how they let the match slip after gaining control in the first set before allowing Serbia back in.

The Iranians made a decent start and were helped by nine errors from across the other side of the net and even though they were out-spiked, they had enough power and passion to storm ahead.

Yet credit to Serbia. Blown away by the hosts on the opening night, this was a display far more suited to a team which is still eyeing the chance of landing a ticket to the finals in France.

The defeat means Iran is now just playing for pride in the VNL - but Serbia marches on and remains very much in the mix.

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