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Russia Blocks USA in Three

Russia's Sergey Burtsev (18) hitting against USA's Joseph Kauliakamoa (5) and Russell Lavaja (13)

PUNE, India (Aug. 8, 2009) – Russia used a 12-5 block advantage to top United States 25-19, 25-18, 25-18 during the FIVB Men’s Junior World Championship classification 5-8 round being played at Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, India.

Russia will play Belgium for fifth place on Sunday, while United States will take Iran for seventh place on Sunday.

Levan Kalandadze and Sergey Burtsev each totaled 14 points for Russia in the victory, while Artem Volvich added nine points with a team-high four blocks.

Antonio Ciarelli led the USA with 10 points, while Thomas Amberg and Murphy Troy each added six points.

Aside from the blocking differential, Russia served aggressively to hold a 6-1 ace advantage. It also converted 36 of 70 spike attempts into points. Meanwhile, USA converted just 30 of 72 attacks.

USA started 2-0 in the opening set, but Russia came back to take the lead at 6-5. Amberg served an ace to give the Americans a 10-9 advantage, but a Burtsev kill reversed the lead to Russia at 11-10. A Chervyakov block pushed the Russia advantage to 13-11. Russia increased its lead to 16-13 at the second technical timeout. USA cut the deficit back to one at 18-17. Russia built the lead to four at 21-17 with a USA attack error and spike of its own. Burtsev sliced back-to-back aces to give Russia the set victory at 25-19. Burtsev ended the set with eight points, three of which were aces.

Ciarelli spiked an attack to give USA a 4-2 advantage early in the second set, but Russia came back to knot the score at 4-all on a Kalandadze spike. Russia took the lead at 5-4. Shcherbinin scored a block out of the first technical timeout to give Russia a 10-8 lead and it increased to 12-8 with a USA error and Kalandadze spike. Out of a USA timeout, Volvich notched a block at 13-8. A Russia attack error decreased its advantage to 13-10. A USA error on attack put Russia in front 16-11 at the second technical timeout. Chervyakov put down a quick set to strengthen Russia’s position to 18-12. Murphy Troy pulled USA to 19-15 with a kill. A USA hitting error allowed Russia to resume a six-point edge at 21-15. Tyler Jaynes served an ace at 22-18 to bring USA within four. However, Russia scored the final three points for a 25-18 victory. Kalandadze pocketed five points in the second set and Russia earned nine points off USA miscues.

Kalandadze served an ace to provide Russia with the first two-point cushion of the third set. Chervyakov collected an ace of the first technical timeout to give Russia a 9-6 advantage. After USA closed to 9-8, Russia stormed to a 17-11 advantage with an 8-3 scoring run. Russia cruised the rest of the set for a 25-18 victory.

  

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