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Russia look for full points in World League

Russia will face Finland in Kaliningrad this weekend
Kaliningrad, June 16 - Russia will be looking to collect maximum points in its last home weekend of the 2010 FIVB Would League when it faces Finland in Kaliningrad on Friday.

The Russians, who lead the Group C with 11 points, started in this year’s Would League with a two-match victory over the USA but then weren’t at their best against the underdog Egypt. They lost one point to the African team defeating it 3-1 and 3-2.

Last week coach Daniele Bagnoli called his team’s performance “disappointing”. “We should be angry with ourselves after such matches,” he said.

Finland coach Mauro Berruto was also disappointed last weekend, though not with the performance of his team who played rather well, but the results. Finland lost two games to the USA and now lies third with 1-3 record and 4 points. Berutto knows that Russia will be another tough opponent for his team.

"Anything that is coming to us in those matches is fine, knowing that we will meet one of the world's top level teams. We will fight in every set and then we will see how many points we get. We will play not thinking too much,” he said.

The Russian side has a good record against Finland losing only once in their 17 matches.

“We shouldn’t be concerned about the opponent but focused on our performance,” Bagnoli added. “If we play at our level we will win for sure.”

This weekend the Russian team welcomes back veteran Pavel Abramov who has recovered from a knee problem.

However Finland travel to Russia without setter Mikko Esko, opposite hitter Mikko Oivanen and center blocker Konstantin Shumov. Universal player Jari Tuominen and setter Jani Sippola will have a chance to make their debuts in the World League.


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