Wichita, Kansas, USA, July 10, 2010 – Russia got the two set victories it needed on Saturday and went on to defeat the USA 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19) to win Pool C in the final Intercontinental Round pool play match of the 2010 FIVB World League.
Russia finished on top of the pool with a record of 10-2 and will advance to the final round in Cordoba, Argentina. The USA finishes with 8-4.
Dmitriy Muserskiy paced Russia with 15 points on seven spikes, seven blocks and one ace. Reid Priddy led the United States with 15 points on 14 spikes and one block.
Russia out-blocked the United States 22-9. It also had five aces to the USA’s two.
With the teams tied in sets at 1-1, Russia jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set and led 8-3 at the first technical timeout. Russia scored on a Berezhko kill to reach the second technical timeout with a 16-9 lead. With the score 17-10, the United States’ Max Holt, who substituted for David Lee, got the serve on Russia’s hitting error and the U.S. scored on kills by Russell Holmes and Priddy. Russia called timeout and scored with a kill to end the run at 18-13. With Russia leading 22-16, Russia used two kills to reach set point at 24-16. Evan Patak attacked from the right, but a U.S. serving error gave Russia the set and pool-winning point at 25-17.