TEHRAN – Iran have suffered their ninth loss in the 2021 Volleyball Nations League (VNL).
Team Melli lost to Poland in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-16).
Morteza Sharifi scored 11 points for Iran and Poland’s Jakub Kochanowski earned 12 points.
The competition format is a single round robin pool with each of the 16 teams facing every other ahead of semifinals between the top four of the standings.
The semifinal winners will clash for the title, with the losers playing out for the bronze medal.
The tournament is being held in Rimini, Italy within a secure ‘bubble’ with all hygiene protocols in place to ensure the health and well-being of all athletes, officials and staff throughout the competition.