11 April 2021

VolleyTimes.com

Media & Press 〰️

Tokyo 2020 Qualifiers: in Pool E Russia destroy Iran, not losing single set on their way to Olympic Games!

2 min read

Russia became the fourth national team to claim the ticket for the Volleyball Tournament of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via FIVB International Qualifier. If many fans expected a great spectacle in the last round match of Pool E in Saint Petersburg between Russia and Iran, the home side has deleted the party. In fact the hosts swept the Asians in three sets, partially 25:19, 25:23 and 25:23, to claim the absolut leadership in the pool and a spot in Tokyo. The third set could have changed the course of the match but Iran were unable to preserve the lead of 20-17. Interestingly, the Finnish expert on Russia’s bench decided to keep Mikhaylov as back-up through the entire match, giving a chance to Viktor Poletaev. Mikhaylov played only one match in the competion, against the lowest-ranked rivals Mexico, on Day 1.

The young opposite Poletaev was the top scorer with 19 points, while Iranian Amir Ghafour scored 17. Russia dominantly secured a spot in the Olympics with all three victories without losing a single set.

On the same Pool, Cuba win in straight sets against a modest Mexico.

FIVB Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 3:

POOL A (Varna, Bulgaria):
Egypt – Puerto Rico 3-0 (25:17, 31:29, 25:17)
Bulgaria – Brazil 2-3 (25:23, 25:19, 30:32, 16:25, 11:15)

POOL B (Rotterdam, the Netherlands):
Netherlands – USA 1-3 (18:25, 20:25, 25:17, 21:25)
South Korea – Belgium 0-3 (25:27, 21:25, 24:26)

POOL C (Bari, Italy):
Cameroon – Australia 0-3 (17:25, 16:25, 18:25)
Serbia – Italy 0-3 (16:25, 19:25, 19:25)

POOL D (Gdańsk, Poland):
France – Tunisia 3-1 (25:21, 20:25, 25:19, 25:22)
Poland – Slovenia 3-1 (21:25, 25:23, 25:23, 25:21)

POOL E (Saint Petersburg, Russia):
Cuba – Mexico 3-0 (25:18, 25:23, 25:22)
Russia – Iran 3-0 (25:19, 25:23, 25:23)

POOL F (Ningbo, China):
Canada – Finland 3-0 (25:16, 26:24, 25:20)
China – Argentina 2-3 (25-19, 22-25, 21:25, 25:18, 9:15)

FIVB Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 2
FIVB Volleyball International Qualifier, Day 1

Source and photos: volleyball.ioqt.2019.fivb.com

Volleytimes.com | Copyright 2021 © All rights reserved.