Iran claims U19 gold medal
RIFFA, Bahrain, August 27, 2017 – Porya Yali’s sure-fire
performance helped Iran to record a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 21-25,
25-20) win over Russia in the gold medal match of the FIVB
Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports
Hall on Sunday.
Yali scored 29 points to lead
all scorers, then Morteza Sharifi charted 19 points to guarantee
the gold medal win for Iran. Maksim Sapozhkov, who came off the
bench in the second set, top scored for Russia with 16 points.
Kento Miyaura led Japan to capture the bronze medal, following
their 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) win over Asian rivals Korea.
Miyaura top scored with 16 points, which he built from 13
attacks, one block and two service aces. Miyaura took care of
the Japanese offence, while his team-mate Mahiro Saeki led the
team in blocks with four blocks. Im Donghyeok and Lim Sungjin
scored 15 points each for the losing side.
Hosts Bahrain bested Puerto Rico in a straight-sets match
(25-20, 25-22, 25-23) to take 13th place. Husain Thamer and
Mohamed Jasim were the host team’s top scorers, posting 16
points and 10 points respectively. Puerto Rico’s Pedro Molina
led all scorers on the board with 18 points.
USA staged a 3-0 win against Cuba (25-20, 25-19, 26-24) for a
15th-place finish. Captain Joel Schneidmiller scored 22 points
to power USA’s offence with 17 attacks, four blocks and a
service ace. Cuba’s Lazaro Yoelvis Brunet led his team in
scoring with a total of 17 points in the match.