PUNE, India (Aug. 2, 2009) - Russia prevailed over Canada 32-320, 25-16, 17-25, 25-22 to notch up its second win in three matches in Pool D of the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship at Pune, India.
In the process, Russia qualified for the top eight classification pool in the next stage of the competition. Brazil already won two of its matches and Russia and Brazil have eliminated Canada and Poland from the race.
Levan Kalandadze was the main point getter for Russia with 15 from 35 spikes and Alexander Markin and Dmitry Shcherbinin got 12 and seven valuable points for Russia. For cananda Joren Zeeman, who was the best scorer, collected 17 points from 35 attacks and John Perrin and Graham Vigrass scored 13 and 12 points each.
It was do or die battle for both Russia and Canada as the loser was to be eliminated from the race for the next round. It was because of that Canada once again made a aggressive start and showed its intention. Having taken 8-6, 16-13 lead if Canada could lose the first set it showed its inexperience. Even at 24-23 Canada fumbled badly. Russia’s Konstantin Semenov injured still the team did not lose the grip and fought well over the extra points. Canada’s bad service let it down.
However, in the second set Russia maintained its four point early lead and was surging ahead. The towering Kalandadze was breathtaking in attack. He shook the hall with thundering smashes. Canada’s net defence could do nothing against this big onslaught.
Canada’s real game was seen in the third set which it won despite Russia’s effort to reduce the lead to 12-16 at the second technical time out. With Zeeman and Perrin spiking past the Russian block Canada raced to a comfortable victory and it looked like the match was heading to be a five setter. There was brief break in the game because of power failure. But Canada managed to win anyway.
Canada again had a good chance in the fourth set when it took a 16-15 lead. Its block was working as Vigrass and Verhoeff combined well. Canada even put up triple block to shut out Russia. But Kalandadze was the real threat with his steep shots which Canada found too difficult to stop.