The second seed Kuzbass defeated No.1 seed Zenit at home in Game 4 of the 2018/19 Superliga finals by a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23) to win the national title which is the biggest success in the club history. The highest achievement of the Kemerovo team so far was the fourth place in the 2017/18 Superliga. Thus, the wards of the Finnish head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo ended five-year domination of Zenit in the country. For the first time since the 2014/15 season, the regular season winner did not clinch the title.
Viktor Poletaev showed all of his potentials this season and was also inspired in the final series against his former team. He poured in 28 points in Game 4 for Kuzbass, including 3 aces. Maksim Mikhaylov scored 19 points for Zenit.
Kuzbass became the eighth team to claim the title in Russia in 28 editions of the championship. Zenit remained the record holders with 10 titles.
2018/19 Superliga playoff finals – Game 4:
(2) Kuzbass Kemerovo – (1) Zenit Kazan 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-23), series 3-1
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