Kaliningrad, Russia, June 18, 2010 – Russia claimed its fifth successive win in the 2010 FIVB World League with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-18) victory over Finland at the Amber Arena in Kaliningrad in front of 4,670 fans in the third weekend's opening game on Friday.
The win means Russia remain unbeaten and take their record to 5-0 to lead Pool C with 14 points while Finland dropped to 1-4 and currently sit in third place with four points.
Russian Maxim Mikhailov was the top scorer of the match with 16 points. Olli-Pekka Ojansivu led Finland with 10 points.
Russia locked out the Finland spikes early in the first set and held the advantage from the start before picking up the 25-16 win.
The second set saw the Finnish reception suffer from the powerful serves of the Russians. The hosts had four aces (two of them from Dmitriy Muserskyi) to win the set 25-21.
In the third set the Finnish team wasn’t able to put in a fight with the Russians maintaining their momentum to close it 25-18.
"I am happy with the result and with the progress we made from the previous game against Egypt," Daniel Bagnoli, Russia coach, said following the match. "However we still have some weak points which we have to work on."
The two sides are set to clash again on Saturday at 5pm GMT in Kaliningrad, Russia.