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Russia cruise to the semifinals with a speedy win against India


Russia is far too strong for India in the quarterfinal match between them

Ankara, Turkey, August 30, 2013 – Russia took a total of 63 minutes to secure their place in Saturday’s semifinals of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara. The European powerhouse crushed their rivals India by 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-16) in Friday’s quarterfinal clash between them.

 

Despite making more mistakes than their opponents, the Russian side completely dominated the first set in spiking and blocking and managed to win it by 25-21.  As coach Mikhail Nikolaev’s team reduced the unforced errors in the second set, put a lot of pressure on India with their efficient serves (6 aces in the set!), and continued to show their high-class performance in offence, they cruised to a speedy 25-15 win.  Russia was far too strong for their Asian opponents in the third set as well.  Their unstoppable attacks, especially by Victor Poletaev, gave them what they needed for another speedy victory – 25-16 in the set and 3-0 in the match.

 

As Russia outplayed India on all accounts, Victor Poletaev piled up a total of 18 points to become the best scorer of the match.  Anup D’Costa was the losing side’s most productive player with 9 points.

 

 

 

 

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