News ID: 194783
Published: 1030 GMT June 14, 2017

Iran to meet USA as race heats up

Iran to meet USA as race heats up

Iran and USA meet for the seventh time in World League history later tonight in their opener of Week 3 of the 2017 FIVB World League.

The Pool H1 fixtures of the men’s competition get underway in Katowice, Poland tonight where Iran, USA, Russia and the host country square off against each other as the race for a ticket to the Final Six in Curitiba heats up, reported.

Iran has a slight edge over USA in the standings, but the Americans lead their head-to-head series 4-2 in the past six meetings in the competition.

Both Iran’s victories came as straight-sets wins at the Intercontinental Round in 2015. The last encounter between these two teams was in the 2016 World League with United States winning 3-1.

Iran goes into the Week 3 of the competition on the back of three wins, two of which came in last week’s fixtures in Tehran against Belgium and Argentina.

Iran’s five-set triumph over Argentina was the Asians’ sixth consecutive victory in a five-setter in FIVB World League history. The last team to win a tie-break against Iran in the competition was Poland in 2015.

Iran's leading scorer Milad Ebadipour has scored 86 points so far in the competition. There are two US players with more points in the 2017 World League; Taylor Sander (89) and Patch Benjamin (88).

United States started last weekend with two straight set victories against Italy and Russia before losing against France in four sets.

United States are the only country with two players in the top-10 scorers in Group 1 of the World League: Taylor Sander (5th) and Patch Benjamin (6th).

Iran currently sits eighth in the Group 1 table with three wins, followed by USA which has bagged two victories.

The top five teams of the Group 1 table at the end of Week 3 along with host Brazil will play The 2017 FIVB Volleyball World League Finals in the city of Curitiba in Brazil on July 4-8, 2017.



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