TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Saeid Marouf ran Iran's well-crafted offence to record its eighth win, along with Brazil in the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
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Iran completed its sweep of its home matches in Urmia (Oroumiyeh) with their 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-23) defeat of Russia, as captain Marouf led his team setting up brilliant plays for Amir Ghafour and distributing well-calculated sets for the rest of the starters.
The 33-year-old Iranian setter likewise got involved in scoring with three attack points and two service aces to bolster the team's strong finish against the reigning VNL champions. He sits on top of the best setter ranking with an average per set of 9.03, fivb.org reported.
Ghafour, on the other hand, topped all scorers with 17 points that were fired solidly from the attack line. Milad Ebadipour and Mohammad Mousavi scored eight points each, then Marouf, Purya Fayazi and Ali Shafiei had five points apiece.
Ghafour is third in scoring with 151 total points and is separated only by six markers from best scorer Sharone Vernon-Evans of Canada (158) and five points from Gabriele Nelli of Italy (157).
The Iranians now have a total of eight wins and one loss, while Brazil has the same win-record and trailing by two points to stay on the second spot in the overall standing.