Tokyo, Japan, November 24, 2013 - Russia beat the United States in straight sets (29-27, 25-22, 25-19) to capture the silver medal at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup on Sunday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Brazil clinched the gold earlier with a five-set victory over Italy.
The result gave Russia a 3-2 record, while the U.S. finished 2-3.
Russia relied on its strong blocking and good passing in the triumph.
The match marked the first ever meeting between the U.S. and Russia in the World Grand Champions Cup and 45th overall. Russia entered with a 31-13 lead.
The U.S. looked lethargic following Saturday's five-set loss to Iran.
Dmitriy Ilinykh was the top scorer for Russia with 13 points. Dmitriy Muserskiy and Evgeny Sivozhelez contributed 11 apiece in the win.
Matthew Anderson led the U.S. with 14 points. Maxwell Holt added eight in the loss.
The U.S. led 8-6 after the first TTO. The score was tied 11-11 after Priddy sent a serve long. With Russia up 14-12, the U.S. called a timeout. Anderson equalized with a spike that made it 14-14 and the U.S. pulled ahead 15-14 on a thundering serve from Anderson. William Priddy drove a spike down the middle and the U.S. had a 16-14 lead at the second TTO.
Russia evend the score on a block by Muserskiy. Anderson fired a spike long and Russia went ahead 17-16. A huge serve by Muserskiy put Russia two points in front at 19-17. The U.S. moved back ahead 20-19. David Lee's spike made it 21-20 for the U.S. A block by Lee made it 22-21 for the U.S. and Russia called a timeout. Priddy pounded a serve and it was 23-21. Sean Rooney's spike gave the U.S. set point at 24-23. Russia knotted the score, but the U.S. went back 25-24 up on an Anderson spike. The U.S. gained another set point after a block, but Evgeny Sivozhelez tied it with a spike. Nikolay Apalikov's block gave Russia set point at 28-27 and they took it 29-27 when a U.S. block went out.
Muserskiy sent a serve long to put the U.S. ahead 5-4 in the second set. Anderson pounded a spike and the U.S. had an 8-7 edge at the first TTO. Russia pulled ahead 10-9 on a spike by Ilinykh that Priddy was unable to dig. The score was even 15-15 after a U.S. service error. Russia led 16-15 at the second TTO on a block by Apalikov.
A service ace by Apalikov made it 18-16 for Russia and the U.S. took a timeout. Muserskiy's block ended a lengthy rally and gave Russia a three-point lead at 20-17. A spike by Priddy pulled the U.S. within one at 21-20. Nikolay Pavlov's spike put the count at 23-21. Russia took the set 25-22 on a net infraction.
Anderson was unable to return a shot and Russia led 5-3 in the third set. Jeffrey Menzel served into the net and it was 8-7 for Russia. A spike by Pavlov sent Russia into the first TTO with an 8-6 margin. Russia was up 10-8 after a nice dink by Pavlov. With Russia in the lead 12-8, the U.S. took a timeout. Ilinykh's block made it 15-8 and the outcome was appearing academic. It was 16-8 for Russia at the second TTO.
Anderson fired a spike long and Russia moved ahead 18-11. Ilinykh's spike gave Russia an eight-point advantage at 20-12 as they continued the march toward victory. Sivozhelez's spike made it 22-16. Priddy served into the net and it was 23-18. Apalikov's spike gave Russia match point at 24-19. Russia closed it out when Menzel sent a spike long.
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