June 26, 2003 - Russian coach Guennady Chipouline named a virtual full-strength line up on Thursday for his team's top of the table clash with Poland in Moscow during the final weekend of the $15 million World League Intercontinental Rounds this weekend.
With the defening World League champions having already confirmed their spot in the World League Finals with a superb record of nine wins and only one loss in Pool A, stars like Pavel Abramov, who is the tournaments leading spiker with a 40 percent success rate, were expected to be rested for this weekend's matches before returning for the World League Finals, which will be held in Madrid, Spain from July 8-13.
But Abramov, captain Vadim Khamouttskikh and libero Alexander Sokolov have all been included and the only changes from Russia's last two matches, also against Poland last weekend in Katowice, sees Alexandre Guerassimov and Serguei Tetioukhine come in for Maxim Tereshin and
Final Russian line-up is:
Kozlov Arkadi, Poltavsky Semen, Baranov Sergey, Abramov Pavel, Tetioukhine Serguei, Khamouttskikh Vadim (C), Ushakov Konstantin, Egortchev Andrei, Kossarev Alexandre, Guerassimov Alexandre, Sokolov Alexander (L), Koulechov Alexei.
Polish line-up is: Stelmach Andrzej, Siezieniewski Pawel, Gruszka Piotr,
Nowak Marcin, Zagumny Pawel (C), Murek David, Ignaczak Krzysztof (L),
Prygiel Robert, Michalczyk Przemyslaw, Kadziewicz Lukasz, Rybak Radoslaw, Lipinski Piotr.