We Didn’t Expect “Such A Start”, Iran Captain Marouf Says

Saeed Marouf
Saeed Marouf

Iran volleyball team captain Saeid Marouf said he didn’t expect such a start in the 2014 FIVB Men’s World Championship, after Iran defeated the US 3-2.

Iran produced another stellar performance at the world championship in Poland as the team claimed its second win in Krakow, this time in a thrilling five-setter over the US 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15).

“We played several times against the US in the last two months, always losing, but this time around we started well, did well in defense and our side-out was good,” Marouf said in the post-match news conference, poland2014.fivb.org wrote.

“These points are really important for us. We didn’t expect such a start, but the match with Italy helped us a bit. No one expected us to win these two matches, so we are delighted with this perfect start,” Iran captain added.

Iran, which opened the campaign with a remarkable 3-1 (25-16, 23-25,25-21, 25-22) win over Italy, will face France on Thursday.

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