08. 01. 2019

RUS M: Zenit Kazan untouchable, improve the winning streak to 13 games

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The reigning champions Zenit Kazan have scored the 13th win in the Russian League out of 13 games.

 

Matt Anderson (20 points) and Earvin Ngapeth (16) were the best scorers in a team that was led by Alexey Verbov again. He left out Maxim Mikhailov and Aleksander Butko from the starting line up. These two played in the third and fourth set to help the team to score the win in this match. 

In the home team, Dmitry Leontyev was the best scorer with 12 points.

Nova also have scored a big victory, defeating Lokomotiv Novosibirsk in five sets. Fedor Voronkov was the best scorer with 20 points, while Konstantin Bakun had 33 on the other side.

Men’s Russian Super League, round 13:

Nova – Lokomotiv 3-2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12)

Yugra Samotlor – Zenit Kazan 1-3 (13-25, 25-23, 22-25, 21-25)

Wednesday:

Enisey – Kuzbass

Ural – Fakel

Gazprom Yugra – Belogorie

Dinamo Lo – Dinamo Moscow

Zenit St. Petersburg - Yaroslavich

Standings

 

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2 Comments about "RUS M: Zenit Kazan untouchable, improve the winning streak to 13 games"

08.01.2019 | 22:45 |   suisse [unregistered]

It is amazing in the disparity of wealth and talent that Zenit has from every other Russian team. The freedom that they have to interchange lineuos and rest premier players is certainly a luxury. I dont see any team touching them this year in league play

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09.01.2019 | 22:03 |   Axe [unregistered]

Re: @suisse so what is the sense of playing such a league? I don’t see any

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10.01.2019 | 12:49 |   suisse [unregistered]

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Well its not Zenit's fault they are so good and stacked. Other teams need to meet the challenge and catch up.
The Italian leagues have done just that and we are seeing competitve matches every weekend and some upsets here and there. This has raised attendance and interest from fans, media and sponsors.

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11.01.2019 | 17:27 |   real [unregistered]

Re: @suisse some teams underestimated Zenit Kazan at the start of the league summer window. Kazan lost Leon but brought in Ngapeth who is not as physically gifted as Leon but is a technical wizard when it comes to the ball. Instead of powering up their squad to compete with Zenit Kazan's 'weakest form' they were very conservative.
In Italy, a lot of teams embraced Perugia's first team break-up with Zaytsev, Russell and Anzani's departure that circumvented the power leakage of the scudetto champions to other teams.
Zenit St. Petersburg the runner up of the Russian Superleague took Zenit Kazan seriously but I'm not gonna lie, i'm just not a fan of their 2018-19 squad changes.

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