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Russia take control in U19 Euros

Russia players celebrate their second win from two at the Euro U19s
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 23, 2017 – Russia asserted their authority in the 2017 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship – Men by winning their second match from two in Gyor, Hungary on Sunday. 

The top six teams will qualify for the FIVB Volleyball U19 Boy’s World Championship that takes place in Bahrain from August 18-27. 

Russia last won the U19 world champs in 2015 and showed that they are approaching that type of form by following up their opening win over Poland by defeating Belgium 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22). 

Vladislav Spiridonov led scoring with 16 points, while Russia captain Stanislav Antonov was named MVP. 

“We had problems coming back after some technical breaks,” Russia coach Andrey Nozdrin said. “At the beginning, we were not aggressive enough. Unfortunately, we made a lot of serving mistakes, and we have to improve in this.”

Hosts Hungary recovered from their opening loss to beat Bulgaria 3-2 (25-27, 25-19, 25-13, 16-25, 15-9), while Italy followed up their opening win by beating Poland 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-15). 

In the pool taking place in Puchov, Slovakia Turkey didn’t hang around to beat France and ended with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 28-26) victory. 

Romania made it two wins from two with a 3-2 (23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 16-25, 15-10) defeat of Slovakia, while the Czech Republic matched their achievement by defeating Finland 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-18). 

“We have won in three sets, but it was a tough match,” Czech Republic coach Jiri Zach said. “For me this is a big victory because we lost heavily to Finland two years ago and now we are better. 

“We have won two matches. It is a great start of the tournament, but we have to go step by step. Tomorrow we will play a derby against Slovakia. I think the hall will be packed full and it will be difficult.”

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