FIVB Women’s World Championship Asian Qualifiers: Iran Beaten by Vietnam

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran lost to Vietnam 3-1 (24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19) at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Japan 2018 Asian Qualifiers Pool B at the Nakhon Pathom Gymnasium on Sunday.

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Vietnam head coach Japanese Irisawa Hidehiro commented after the match: “It was a very difficult match. We lost the first set because, I think, we have played Iran for several times and they started to learn our tactics.”

“Actually, I admit that we had a tight schedule ahead of this tournament. After the Asian Championship in Manila last month, we then competed in the South East Asian Games. After the SEA Games, some of my players had injuries and a few had a bad condition on mentality. That’s why we could not combine good players with hard training in preparation for this tournament,” he added.

Iran had previously lost to North Korea, South Korea and Thailand.

The Persians came fifth among five teams, while South Korea and host Thailand finished in the top two and qualified for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Japan 2018.

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