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RUS M: Zenit Kazan step away from title

by WoV
source: volleyball.it

With a convincing performance, the European champions Zenit Kazan,defeated Dinamo Moscow 3:0 in 2. game of the final series and are now a step away from the 4. consecutive league title.



The highlights of Dinamo Kazan were Mikhaylov with 55% efficiency in attack and Volkov with 7 won blocks. For Dinamo Moscow the best were Pavlov (41% in attack) and Veres (39%).

Set 1: Two teams played a balanced game until 10-10. Then the error of Pavlov (12-10), the ace of Mikhaylov (14-11) and the block on Pavlov made the break. Thanks to Volkov Kazan got to the maximum advantage 20-13 and ended the set with 25-20.

Set 2:
Moscow took the lead first with 2-5 and then 10-12. However, Mikhaylov evened 12-12. Then the series of counterattacks of Volkov, Mikhaylov and Sivozhelez led Kazan to 15-12. The ace of Sivozhelez provided the biggest advantage of 19-13. The great playing of Bezrukov, Kruglov and Markin brought Moscow to 21-20. Still, Apalikov (23-21) and Mikhaylov (24-22) made a break. Gutsalyuk stopped Kruglov and Kazan won the set with 25-22.

Set 3: Markin and Kruglov remained on the court. Moscow had another good start (3-6), but Apalikov evened with the ace 6-6. Mikhaylov with the block on Markin made a break 15-12. Vermilion and his teammates secured the advantage of 24-17 and Mikhaylov closed the set with 25-18.

Final: Game 2 (13 April)

Zenit Kazan – Dinamo Moscow 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18) Series: 2-0

Zenit Kazan: Apalikov 8, Vermilion 3, Volkov, 11, Sivozhelez 11, Berezhko 6, Mikhaylov 19, Obmochaev (L); Gutsalyuk 1
Did not enter: Priddy, Babeshin, Babichev, Cheremisin, Demakov, Matychenko
Coach: Alekno

Dinamo Moscow: Kalinin 2, Shcherbinin 1, Veres 8, Grankin 3, Lee 5, N. Pavlov 8, Bragin (L); Kruglov 8, Bezrukov 1, Markin 0
Did not enter: Stepanyan, Ostapenko, Plakhov, Kharitonov
Coach: Cherednik
Note: Points 75:60; aces 6:1; attacks 41:30 (53% : 39%); blocks 12:5; reception 39%: 33%; errors 24:16
Spectators: 3900
Match Duration: 1:16 ‘(23′, 28′, 25’)


The schedule for the final 1 – 2 place (best of 3 victories from 5 matches)

April 17: Game 3: Dinamo Moscow – Zenit Kazan
April 18: Ev. Game 4: Dinamo Moscow – Zenit Kazan
April 21: Ev. Game 5: Zenit Kazan – Dinamo Moscow

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