May 29th, 2009 19:31 EST
U.S. vs Iran in FIVB Youth World Championship
The U.S. has been drawn along with the defending champion Iran in Pool B of the 2009 FIVB Boys` Youth World Championship.
The drawing ceremony was held at the Hotel Relais Monaco in Ponzano Veneto, Italy, on Thursday, the U.S. was drawn into a difficult Pool along with the Iran, Serbia and Japan.
Six-time world champion Brazil has been drawn in Pool D with Russia, Poland and India. All Pool B and Pool D matches will take place in the resort city of Jesolo, Italy.
The Aug. 28-Sept. 6 tournament kicks off with a 24-match first round, with the first- and second-placed finishers in each pool moving on to Pools E and F in the second round.
Results of the Drawing of Lots:
Pool A: Italy, Tunisia, Puerto Rico, Egypt
Pool B: Iran, U.S., Serbia, Japan
Pool C: Argentina, France, Spain, Algeria
Pool D: Brazil, Russia, Poland, India
Match schedule for the preliminary round:
Pool A: Tunisia vs Puerto Rico, Italy vs Egypt
Pool B: Japan vs Serbia, Iran vs U.S.
Pool C: Algeria vs Spain, Argentina vs France
Pool D: India vs Poland, Brazil vs Russia,
Pool A: Egypt vs Puerto Rico, Italy vs Tunisia
Pool B: Iran vs Japan, U.S. vs Serbia
Pool C: Argentina vs Algeria, France vs Spain
Pool D: Brazil vs India, Russia vs Poland
Pool A: Tunisia vs Egypt, Puerto Rico vs Italy
Pool B: U.S. vs Japan, Serbia vs Iran
Pool C: France vs Algeria, Spain vs Argentina
Pool D: Russia vs India, Poland vs Brazil