10. 01. 2021

RUS M: Zaytsev’s impeccable attack prolongs crisis of Zenit-Kazan, Ural stun Fakel

Source: volleyservice.ru; Photo: facebook.com/KuzbassKemerovo

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Kuzbass prevailed over Zenit-Kazan in a derby of the 2020/21 Russian Men’s Volleyball Championship.

 

Even though they won the opening match in 2021, the crisis of Zenit-Kazan isn’t over yet. In Round 17 of the 2020/21 Russian Men’s Superliga Parimatch regular season, Vladimir Alekno’s team was swept by Kuzbass: 3-0 (29-27, 25-23, 25-19).

This was the fourth defeat in the last five games (counting all competitions) to Zenit-Kazan who, oddly, still lead the standings but now with just 3 points more than vice-leaders, i.e. their rivals today. As for Kuzbass, they took revenge on the giants from the Tatarstan region for a loss in Round 5 and extended the series of wins against them at the home ground to three.

Italian Ivan Zaytsev was unstoppable for Kuzbass, scoring 25 points through a magnificent attack (81 %; 22/27, 1 error). Zenit-Kazan came to the encounter without two starters – the Pole Bartosz Bednorz and Artem Volvich. 

Ural stunned Fakel (3-0), preventing rivals to, possibly, advance to third place in the standings. Led by Egor Feoktistov (16 points), Ural broke Fakel’s four-game winning streak and, at the same time, improved their own ranking (from 10th to the seventh position) in the charts.

2020/21 Russian Men’s Superliga Parimatch regular season – Round 17:

 

February 17:

Lokomotiv vs Dinamo Moscow

Standings

 

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