USA Captain David Smith Praises Iranian Volleyball Team
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - USA captain David Smith lauded the Iranian volleyball team because of staying in the match despite a 0-2 deficit.
Iran defeated USA 3-2 (20-25, 17-25, 25-21, 27-25, 25-21, 15-12) at the Nippon Gaishi Hall on Wednesday at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Grand Champions Cup.
“I think we came out well with a continuation from last night. In the third set, Iran made some substitutions and we couldn’t match them tactically and emotionally. All credit to them for staying in the match. It’s something we have to learn to do better,” Smith said.
USA player Matt Anderson also said, “We came out with pretty high energy and executed our game plan."
"They changed some players, forcing us to adapt; unfortunately, we weren’t able to. At that point, they started to play really aggressively and we didn’t match them. They put pressure on us and we didn’t step up when we needed to.”