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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

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Russia beat Cameroon in straight sets

Russia's blocking was one of the keys to their victory
Modena, Italy, September 25, 2010 – Russia defeated Cameroon in straight sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-22) in a Pool C match of the FIVB Men’s World Championship. Maxim Mikhaylov and Yury Berezhko contributed 14 and 11 points to the win while Jean Patrice Ndaki and Nathan Wounembaina compiled 15 and 13 respectively for the defeated side.

The World Championship in Modena began with Russia, one of the favourites for the title, against Cameroon, ranked No.21 in the world. The PalaCasaModena was packed with enthusiastic fans from all over the world creating an atmosphere of joy and friendship.

Russia coach Daniele Bagnoli, who won two Italian titles as coach to Modena, opted for Grankin as setter, Mikhaylov as opposite, Khtey and Berezhko as spikers, Muserskiy and Volkov as middle blockers and Komarov as libero. Cameroon coach Peter Nonnenbroich selected setter Kari Adeke, opposite Ndaky Mboulet, spikers Wounenbaina and Moussa, middle blockers Dolegombai and Tonemassa, and libero Fossi.

Thanks to really fine serving and good blocking Russia led 8-2 at the first technical timeout (TTO), and 16-7 at the second before closing out the set at 25-11. In the second set Cameroon switched Nongny to middle blocker and showed a marked improvement, both in reception and attack. Nongny and Wounembaina in particular impressed as they and their team-mates celebrated each point with a dance, reaching 6-6. Russia, through Berezhko and Muserskiy, started to take control but Cameroon hung in there at 17-19 before a winning serve by Volkov closed the set at 25-20 in Russia's favour.

For the third set Bagnoli replaced Kthey with Sivozhelez and Volkov with Astashenkov. Cameroon, led by opposite Ndaki Mboulet, took the lead at 11-9 and then 16-14 but Russia reeled them in to 19-19 before Astashenkov's decisive spike and Poltasvkiy's final point sealed a 3-0 win.

It was a good result for Russia, who controlled both the game and the score, but it was also a positive outcome for Cameroon. After allowing their emotions to get the better of them to begin with they went on to produce some good Volleyball, with libero Fossi in particular catching the eye.

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