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Russia beat Olympic champions in opening World League match

Russia's 21-year old Dmitriy Muserskiy topped the scores with 12 points in his debut for the national team
Ekaterineburg, Russia, June 4, 2010 – Russia made an excellent start to their 2010 FIVB World League campaign as they swept past reigning Olympic champions USA in straight sets (25-15, 26-24, 25-14) in the tournament’s opening match in front of 4,500 fans in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Russia's Dmitriy Muserskiy topped the scores with 13 points including eight kills, four blocks and one ace as Matthew Anderson led the USA with nine points which included eight kills and one block.

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The first set saw both teams start well before the USA lost their rhythm as Taras Khtei put in a number of strong serves.

Russia carried their momentum through to the second set before the USA regained their confidence and were only just edged out in the dying moments of the set following a double substitution from the home side which saw Semen Poltavsky come on for Maxim Mikhailov and Sergey Makarov come on for Sergey Grankin.

With Russia in full control of the match they had little trouble taking the third and final set and are now in a good position for the second game between the two teams on Saturday at 12pm GMT.

Pool C’s other encounter this weekend will see Finland host Egypt for the first time since 1958.


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