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This photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men's national under-21 volleyball team (players in blue) and Saudi Arabia at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 12, 2017.
This photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men's national under-21 volleyball team (players in blue) and Saudi Arabia at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 12, 2017.

The Iran men's national under-21 volleyball team has dominated Saudi Arabia in the preliminary round of the ongoing 4th edition of Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijan.

The Iranian squad stormed past the Saudi contingent with a straight-set win, 25-18, 25-23 and 25-18, in a Group B fixture staged at the Crystal Hall in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku on Friday.

Iran’s head coach Behrouz Ataei initially fielded Rasoul Aghcheli, Akbar Valaei, Ali Asgarmojarrad, Amir Hossein Esfandiyar, Javad Karimi and Tayyib Eini.

Ataei expressed satisfaction with his boys’ performance after the match.

“As I said earlier, the match against Saudi Arabia was tough and demanding. Saudi Arabia is an experienced team. Therefore, we were particularly concerned not be carried away by the circumstances governing the (Islamic Solidarity) Games in our first encounter. My players could neutralize the Saudis’ experience through their good performance,” he commented.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is pitted against Algeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Morocco in Group B of the volleyball competitions of the Islamic Solidarity Games.

Host Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan are in Group A.

This photo shows a view of the match between the Iran men's national under-21 volleyball team (players in blue) and Saudi Arabia at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 12, 2017.

The Iran men's national under-21 volleyball team is scheduled to play against Qatar in its second match on Sunday.

The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games started in Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 12 under the motto “Solidarity is Our Strength.” The tournament will wrap up on May 22, 2017.

Athletes from 54 Muslim countries around the world are representing their nations over 10 days of competition across 20 different sports, which include 23 disciplines (athletics and para-athletics, aquatics – diving, aquatics – swimming, aquatics – water polo, basketball 3×3, football, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics – rhythmic, wushu, table tennis, handball, judo and blind judo, wrestling – Greco, wrestling – freestyle, shooting, tennis, volleyball, boxing, zurkhaneh, karate, taekwondo and weightlifting) in 16 world-class sporting venues.