Captain and star player of the Iranian U19 national team, the opposite Rasoul Aghchehli, 17, is one of Asia’s most prominent volleyball hopes.

It is a great indicator for your talent if you are a leader of a team full of (older than you) 18-year-olds. And when we talk about youth volleyball, a year could indeed make a difference sometimes. Aghchehli, however, must be feeling comfortable with this role already as he he has been pushing the U19 selection for a second year in a row.

Iran won the 2014 Asian Youth Championship in Sri Lanka without dropping a set! Rasoul Aghchehli, captain of the team, was deservedly named the tournament’s MVP. A year later the opposite and his teammates grabbed the bronze medals at the 2015 U19 World Championship in Argentina. It was an event to remember for the Iranians. They were trailing by two sets against Italy in the quarterfinals when Aghchehli, who finished the championship as the third best scorer, and his 25 points helped Iran to come back and earn a semifinal berth. 22 points against Poland were not enough for a place in the final, but the remarkable 40 were more than welcome versus Russia for the bronze medals.

Thus, Iran got another accolade on the international youth and junior stage. And what is more important, they might have discovered another gem who is looking forward to his future with the seniors.

Rasoul Aghchehli

Born: January 28, 1998
Nationality: Iranian
Position: Opposite
Height: 201 cm
Current club: Erteashat Sanati