Iran defeated Cuba, will meet Canada

SOFIA, Bulgaria, October 1, 2021 - Iran celebrated with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23) win over Cuba in the second playoff game for a spot in the ninth-place match in Sofia.

Their complete domination in the first set was crowned with middle blocker Amir Hossein Toukhteh’s blistering kill for the last point.

Led by Alexei Ramirez, Cuba stepped up their attacks, but came across impenetrable Iranian blocks, which produced seven stuff towards a second set win, shaped up by Mahdi Jelveh and Bardia Saadat’s two-men block. In the next two sets, the squad from the Caribbean island further improved their spiking, as well as the blocking, but managed to win only one.

Despite a 10-point tally by Cuban captain Marlon Yant in the fourth, the set and the match went Iran’s way on an off-the-block hit by Amin Khalili.