VNL: Germany finishes Pasay leg strong, rips Iran in straight sets

Germany capped its VNL stint on a high note. PNVF
By John Rhey Piamonte

PASAY--After consecutive close losses to Canada and Team USA, World no. 11 Germany made sure to take care of business in its final game here, sweeping Iran on the last day of VNL Week 3, at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday. 

Fresh from a heartbreaking defeat against the USA last night, the Olympic-bound Germany bounced back big, with Moritz Karlitzek leading the way, scoring a game-high 21 points. 

Germany finished their tournament stint on a high note with a 5-7 record. 

Moritz Reichert also contributed big minutes for coach Michal Winiarski after dialing in 13 markers, which are all from the attacks department. 

"Our plan for the Nations League is to prepare the team in the best way possible for the Olympic Games. For me, the most important thing is that we did it, we worked a lot, we worked hard. That is the most important to me," Winiarski said after the game. 

The Germans rode on their serve-and-block game throughout the match,  with the team registering five blocks alongside four aces that paved the way for the team to secure the victory. 

Opposite spiker Amin Esmaeilnezhad led Iran with 19 points across his name. 

Starting their Manila run on two stunning upsets over the USA and Netherlands, the Iranians were not able to add to their win total, concluding their season with a 2-9 slate.

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