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Russia continue march to Final Round

Germany's Jochen Schöps was the best scorer but his contribution couldn't stop the hosts going down 3-2
Berlin, Germany, June 23, 2011 – World No.2 Russia continued their impressive 2011 FIVB Volleyball World League campaign on Wednesday and remains unbeaten after a thrilling 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-7) win over Germany in Berlin, ending any hope of the hosts reaching the Final Round for the first time.

The best scorer for the hosts were Jochen Schöps and Robert Kromm - both 23 points - and Maxim Mikhaylov tallied 18 for the visitors. Despite the win it was the first point Russia have dropped througoout the tounament.
The first set started in an even manner but Russia’s Denis Biriukov put in a number of strong serves as their blocking and defending took them ahead. Schöps tried to help the home side draw level and an ace from Kromm also narrowed the scores but the travelling Russians had the last laugh to take an early lead. 
Germany started furiously with block points by Schöps and Kromm in the second and quickly asserted their dominance by taking a four point lead. Russia coach Vladimir Alekno substituted twice but the advance of the hosts was too much and they won the second set thanks to a service error from the guests. 

The tactic of both teams in the third set was to serve powerfully to have the best possible conditions for their block and defence. Russia made the first break through an Alexander Volkov serve but Patrick Steuerwald responded with an ace and brother Markus helped with an impressive defensive performance to grant them the lead. Russia fought back to retain the lead but it was the Germans who came out on top after three errors brought and a Marcus Böhme block concluded the set.

The fourth set started well for both sides with both teams engaging in a fierce battle. Mikhaylov attacked enormously and Kromm was misfiring and despite seeing off two match points Russia eventually drew even with the hosts.

Russia had an excellent start to the decisive fifth set and German coach Raul Lozano was forced to timeout early on. Germany picked up the pace and an ace from Schöps helped them. However a yellow card for Alexey Spiridonov took the wind out of their sales as Russia sealed the win.

The two teams will meet tomorrow at 15:30 GMT.


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