Paralympic champions Iran reach last four at Sitting Volleyball World Championships

By Dan Palmer Thursday, 19 July 2018

Paralympic gold medallists Iran advanced to the last four of the Sitting Volleyball World Championships in The Netherlands but needed four sets to see off Egypt.

They won 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15 in Eindhoven on quarter finals day at the flagship event.

Defending world champions Bosnia and Herzegovina faced Russia and also came through in four, 25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22.

In other men’s last eight matches, Brazil got past United States in straight sets, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20.

Ukraine were similarly victorious against China, coming through 26-24, 25-19, 25-20.

Iran will now play Ukraine in the last four on Saturday (July 21), with Bosnia and Herzegovina meeting Brazil.

Quarter final action took place in two Dutch cities ©World Para Volley/Facebook
Quarter final action took place in two Dutch cities ©World Para Volley/Facebook

In the women’s event in Rotterdam, holders China defeated Canada 25-13, 25-19, 25-17.

Paralympic champions the US also enjoyed a straight sets victory, 25-17, 25-12, 25-13 over Ukraine.

Russia advanced in four, knocking out Brazil 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 26-24.

Host nation The Netherlands played Italy in the day’s final game but their tournament came to an end after five sets, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11.

The women’s semi-finals tomorrow will see China play Russia and Italy meet the US.

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