Five-time consecutive Russian champions Zenit are definitely on their knees in the 2018/19 Superliga finals. The players of the second seed Kuzbass repeated a flawless display from yesterday to double the lead in the series and come to a win from claiming the first-ever championship title.
Game 1 surprisingly ended by a 3-0 into the favor of Kuzbass. In Game 2, Zenit managed to take the one set but, still, laid their weapons down: 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 25-22). Both matches were played in Kazan while the next one will be held at Kuzbass’ home ground, on May 7.
Today, Kuzbass was deprived of the help of a starting outside hitter Anton Karpukhov due to injury. He was replaced by Sergey Nikitin. Viktor Poletaev raised his play to even a higher level compared to Game 1 (19 points), scoring 23 in the second match. Maksim Mikhaylov notched 20 points for Zenit.
2018/19 Superliga playoff finals – Game 2:
(1) Zenit Kazan – (2) Kuzbass Kemerovo 1-3 (23-25, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25), series 0-2
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