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Russia overpower Venezuela with service and defence


Russian blockers dominate the net and here Triple block by Russian Pavel Pankov, Ivan Demakov and Ilya Nikitin against Venezuela in Men's U21 in Izmir, Turkey

 Izmir, Turkey, August 25, 2013 – The powerful service and solid block served Russian team to overwhelm Venezuela 3-1 (25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 25-19) in Pool D match of the FIVB Men's U21 World Championship at Ataturk Hall in Izmir, Turkey on Sunday.

 Russian coach Mikhail Nikolaev started the match with the standing players and after he won the first set he started to use the substitutes gradually till he used all the squad by the end of the match.

 Russian middle blocker Ilyas Kurkaev was his team best scorer having a tally of 17 points including 5 killing blocks and 4 ace services followed by Egor Feoktistov who scored 15, while one of the competition best scorers Victor Poletaev contributed only 11.

 From the Venezuelan side Roberth Abreu recorded 14 points followed by Willner Rivas who scored 11. 

 The Russian team put a pressure through the service in the first set where the Venezuelan receivers couldn't react as they could pass easily towards a 25-20 win

 Russia again continued using the same strategy in the second set with the coach starting to use some substitutions, but they could easily go through and win the set 25-20.

 Venezuela team started to get more and more confidence in the third set where they could fight hardly to stop the Russian attacks beside arranging their combinations using the outside hitter Roberth Abreu who scored the crucial points to win the set 25-22.

 Again the Russian coach re fielded his opposite attacker Victor Poletaev who again sent his sharp services aiding his team to come back with a fourth set victory and finish the match at 3-1 mark.

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