25 September 2023

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Japan and Iran Set for Grand Finale in the 22nd Asian Volleyball Championship

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On the stage of the 22nd Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship, the semifinal clashes have decided that Japan and Iran will compete in the grand finale.
Meanwhile, Qatar and China will play for the bronze.

Japan canceled Qatar’s hopes of reaching an unprecedented championship final, with an exciting 3-1 victory. The scores (22:25, 25:18, 25:14, 28:26) at Al Ghadir Hall 1 is the summary of the great clash. With this victory, the undefeated Japanese team earns the place in the tournament’s grand showdown. They’ll face Iran, who outclassed China in their respective semifinal.
Ran Takahashi emerged as the key player for Japan, scoring with 19 points, of which 18 were attacks. From Qatar’s side, Raimi Wadidie was the top scorer with 14 points.

Iran demonstrated their dominance over China with a well-deserved straight-set win (25:20, 25:23, 25:23).
Urmia, Iran, is the chosen venue for this significant volleyball championship.
Recall that, historically, Japan leads the tally with nine championship titles, followed by South Korea and Iran, each boasting four wins each.
In the current FIVB rankings, Japan holds the prestigious fifth spot, while Iran stands at the tenth position.

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