17. 11. 2018

RUSSIAN SUPER CUP M: Clash of two Zenits, trophy stays in Kazan!

Source: Photo: Zenit Kazan

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In a match of the 6th round Zenit Kazan have met and defeated Zenit St. Peterburg in four sets 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, which was also a game for the SuperCup of Russia.


Zenit Kazan have added 7th Russian Super Cup title to its trophy room.

The team from St. Peterburg had to play without Oreol Camejo, who had some problems with the injury and had to miss the game.

After two sets, both sides were in the race for points in Super League and a SuperCup trophy since the result was tied, 1-1.

However, the home side played the other two sets with a full throttle, giving no choice to the rival except to surrender.

The most dominant player of the game was Maxim Mikhailov with 26 points, while Earvin Ngapeth and Volvich had 13 each. Matt Anderson contributed with 12.

On the other side, Georgy Grozer scored 12 points, while Lukas Divis added 11.

Russian League, round 5:

Gazprom Yugra – Fakel 2-3 (25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 8-25)

Dinamo-Lo – Kuzbass 0-3 (24-26, 14-25, 26-28)

Zenit Kazan – Zenit SP 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20); also counting as a Super Cup game

Yugra Samotlor – Nova 3-2 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 17-25, 15-13)

Yaroslavich – Dinamo Moscow 3-2 (21-25, 27-25, 26-24, 30-32, 15-12)


Enisey – Belogorie

Ural - Lokomotiv



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