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RUS M: Zenit Kazan sweep Kuzbass in semifinal opening, Poletaev ends up in hospital before the match

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source: volley.ru, kuzbass-volley.ru; Photo: Роман Кручинин

Both teams that carry a name Zenit scored wins at the opening of the 2017/18 Russian men’s volleyball championship Superliga best-of-three playoff semifinals.

Zenit vs. Kuzbass

Zenit vs. Kuzbass

The top-seed Zenit Kazan scored a straight-set win against No.7 Kuzbass Kemerovo in the first match of the 2017/18 Superliga semifinal series, partially 25-16, 25-20, 25-12.

The Cuban Wilfredo León, who announced finding a new club at the end of the season, topped Zenit Kazan with 19 points (5 aces). Artem Volvich added 5 kill blocks. There were no double-digit players in Kuzbass for which their best scorer Viktor Poletaev was unable to play as he was admitted to the hospital before the match due to a food poisoning.

Before the encounter, a minute of silence was held at the Volleyball Center Kazan in memory of the victims of the fire in Kemerovo shopping mall. Recall that Sergey Tetyukhin called for online petition signing to determine who was guilty of the tragedy. As Zenit Kazan published, all funds raised from the sale of tickets for today’s match will be transferred to the Fund for assistance to families of victims in the tragedy.

In the other semifinal, No.5 Zenit Sankt-Peterburg prevailed against No.3 Dinamo Moscow on the road in a tie-breaker, partially 25-20, 22-25, 25-11, 16-25, 15-10.

Game 2 in both series is scheduled for April 6.


To see complete results, stats, and standings, visit our RUS National Championship 2017/2018 / Male / Seniors page.


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rivers April 1, 2018 - 1:09 am

It’s possible that Russia might have a double Zenith Finale.


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