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Serguei Tetioukhine

Wing spiker Serguei Tetioukhine has a fine reputation to uphold when the 2003 World League begins in May after finishing the 2002 World Championship as Russia's best player.

His fourth-place finish on the FIVB best player rankings, which are scored on the total combination of successful spikes, serves and blocks, holds him in high esteem finishing behind the likes of Argentina's Marcos Milinkovic, Ivan Miljkovic from Serbia and Montenegro and Bulgaria's Nikolov Vladimir. 

The 26-year-old fishing fanatic has been one of the stalwarts of this current Russian side with more than 200 caps and six World League campaigns behind him. His professionalism and on-court versatility is a virtue to which helps the Russia juggernaut run in top gear, as he's quite easily adept at receiving or making a spike. 

His dynamite serves are another string to his bow, which proved to be one of the essential ingredients to Russia's success at last year's World League tournament.