Pool 11: Iran undo Poland in Urmia - FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019

Pool 11: Iran undo Poland in Urmia - FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2019 ...
volleyball.world 16/06/2019 Sports

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Urmia, Iran, June 15, 2019 – Iran defeated world champions Poland in Urmia in the 2019 men's FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Saturday.
Pre-match stats:
RussiaCanada (June 15, 2019)
Head-to-head
• Russia have won seven of their nine encounters with Canada at major world level (FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup).
• Canada's two wins over Russia came at the 2013 (3-2) and 2017 World League (3-0).
• Seven of the nine world level encounters between Russia and Canada were decided in three sets, including each of the last five. The other two encounters finished 3-2.
• Russia defeated Canada 3-0 at last year's VNL, their most recent major world level meeting. Egor Kliuka scored a match-high 16 points.
Russia
• Russia have won six consecutive Volleyball Nations League matches, after they began the 2019 tournament with a 3-1 defeat against France.
• Russia could equal their VNL record of winning seven matches in a row, set in last year's preliminary round.
• Russia lost only two of their last 19 VNL matches, with both of those defeats against France.
• Egor Kliuka has scored 105 points this VNL season, becoming the first Russian to break the 100 points mark in 2019.
• Kliuka's 0.65 ace per set average is by far the highest of all players in this season's VNL.
• Kliuka celebrates his 24th birthday on Saturday.
• Victor Poletaev is now Russia's leading points scorer in each of their last three VNL matches. He amassed 19 points against United States, 17 versus Italy and 18 against Poland.
Canada
• Canada have won four of their seven matches in this year's Volleyball Nations League, but now have lost for the first time in succession this VNL season.
• Canada could lose back-to-back matches in straight sets at major world level tournaments for the first time since the 2015 World Cup (vs Italy and United States).
• Sharone Vernon-Evans has scored 110 points, 40 more than the next highest Canadian on the 2019 VNL scorers list (Stephen Timothy Maar, 40).
• Maar scored 13 points against Iran on Friday. It was the first time be was Canada's leading scorer this VNL season.
Iran – Poland (June 15, 2019)
Head-to-head
• Poland have a W12-L6 record against Iran at major world level tournaments (FIVB Volleyball Nations League, Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World League and Grand Champions Cup).
• Iran have only lost more world level matches against Italy (13) than against Poland (12).
• Poland and Iran met twice at world level last year. Iran won in straight sets at the VNL, while Poland won 3-0 at the World Championship.
• Iran's Amir Ghafour scored a match-high 17 points in his team's defeat at the 2018 World Championship. Michal Kubiak (12) won the most points for the winning team.
Iran
• Iran have won nine of their last 10 Volleyball Nations League matches, with the only exception in that run a 3-2 defeat against Brazil on 7 June 2019.
• Iran have a 6-1 record in the VNL this year. They are one victory shy of their total wins from last season (7 wins, 8 defeats).
• Iran have won their last five matches at home at major world level tournaments, after they lost 3-1 against Serbia in the 2017 World League.
• Their only longer winning run in home matches at major world level tournaments was a seven-match winning streak between 2014 and 2015 (all World League).
• Iran could equal their record of winning three successive matches in straight sets at major world level tournaments, set in the 2015 World League.
• Amir Ghafour is the only player from Iran in triple digits, scoring 107 points in the 2019 VNL.
Poland
• Poland have a 4-3 record in the 2019 Volleyball Nations League. They finished with a 10-5 record in last year's League Round.
• In 2018, Poland had a 6-1 record after seven matches and lost their second match in the 10th matchround.
• After Poland lost 3-0 against United States in the VNL Final Round last year, they have won at least one set in all their 19 matches at major world level tournaments.
• Dawid Konarski (60) surpassed Mateusz Bieniek (55) as Poland leading scorer this VNL tournament.
Marouf-led Iran host world titlists and VNL champions in Urmia
Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14, 2019 – Saeid Marouf and his teammates are back on their home turf for the third week of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League at Ghadir Arena in Urmia, with the six matches in Pool 11 featuring Iran, reigning world champions Poland, VNL winners Russia and Canada.
Marouf has proven that his playmaking skills has been valuable in the last two weeks of men’s VNL competition as his team has recorded five wins in six matches outside their home court. And for the next two weeks, they will have the privilege to have the support of their home fans.
“I’m happy that we will play here in Urmia,” Iran coach Igor Kolakovic said. “This city has a rich history in volleyball. We have players in the team who come from Urmia, so they are excited that they can play in front of their own people. We expect hard games because our opponents here are among the top ranked teams at the VNL now.”
Marouf is expected to utilise the team’s leading scorer Amir Ghafour, who has scored in double figures in their previous four matches. Ghafour has collected 91 total points – four points behind Egor Kliuka, who is one of the forces in Russia’s five victories.
Canada and Poland have four wins and two losses and are both strong contenders in Pool 11. Canada have the current best scorer Sharone Vernon-Evans, who has recorded 86 attacks, 10 blocks and 11 aces so far, while Poland will rely more on their well-balanced offence – a formula coach Vital Heynen has proven effective in their last outings.
The matches in Urmia will open starting with the classic rivalry Russia and Poland at 15:30 local time, followed by the encounter of Iran and Canada at 18:30.
Meanwhile, Portugal will also count on the positive energy from the crowd as they host Pool 9 in Gondomar. Portugal coach Hugo Silva has a tough task to steer his team to great performances against Brazil, Serbia and China.
“The public has an important part this weekend,” Silva said. “We had the experience playing against home teams in Argentina and Russia and the atmosphere there were extraordinary. We felt the warmth from the fans. That’s why we need our own fans to help us cheer for us on those crucial points to create some positive energy on our team.”
Brazil are undefeated at the men’s VNL, while Serbia have a 2-4 win-loss card and China have recorded only one win in their last six matches.
Yoandy Leal Hidalgo and Wallace De Souza give Brazil power of a one-two punch offence, while Ricardo Lucarelli’s great efficiency on the attack creates a strong frontline for the South American team.
The matches at Gondomar will start with the matchups between Brazil and Serbia at 18:00 local time and Portugal and China at 21:00.
Fifth-ranked Italy are in Varna with Bulgaria, Japan and Australia. The Italians are hoping to add wins to the four they have already recorded when they play these three teams in Pool 10.
In Italy’s last six matches, Gabriele Nelli stood out in scoring, while Simone Giannelli has been great directing the plays for his teammates.
In Pool 12, hosts France will take on Argentina, the United States and Germany in the French Riviera city of Cannes.
The home team is hoping that they could extend a good run after logging five wins in the tournament, where young opposite Jean Patry delivered well for the French side.
USA will face Argentina in the first match at 17:00 local time in Cannes, followed by an all-European encounter between France and Germany at 20:00.
TEHRAN, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Iran beat defending champions Poland 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-8) at the third competition week of the men's 2019 FIVB Nations League in Urmia city, Iran's West Azarbaijan province on Saturday.
Iran extended their winning run to seven matches as Igor Kolakovic's team had already seized six wins against Italy, Germany, China, Argentina, Japan and Canada, and lost only to Brazil.
Iran will face Russia on Sunday.
The competition is being held between May and July 2019 and the final round will take place in the Credit Union 1 Arena, Chicago, United States.
This is the first edition of the World League or the Nations League to have the Final Round hosted in North America.
The 16 teams compete in a round-robin format with every core team hosting a pool at least once. The teams are divided into four pools of four teams at each week and compete five weeks long, for 120 matches. The top five teams after the preliminary round join the hosts of the final round to compete in the final round.
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