Chinese players celebrate after beating Japan at the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Men's League in Kunshan, China's Jiangsu province, June 18, 2017. (HAN YUQING / XINHUA)
TEHRAN - Iran defeated China at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Asian Qualifier on Saturday, according to local media.
Igor Kolakovic's men defeated China in straight sets (25-21, 29-27, 25-20) in Iran's northwestern Ardabil city.
"I am satisfied with my players' performance in the match against China. We were good in serves and receives in this match," Kolakovic said.
Iran defeated South Korea 3-0 in their opener on Friday.
On Sunday, Iran will play Kazakhstan.
The tournament continues through Monday, with only top two teams after the single round-robin competition securing their places to the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship, which will be jointly hosted by Italy and Bulgaria.
Hosts Italy and Bulgaria and defending champions Poland have automatically qualified for the next year's World Championship. France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Serbia, Finland and Belgium from Europe plus Japan and Australia from Asia have also booked their tickets through continental qualifiers.