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Russia outlasts Spain and claims second win

Oleg Tsentalovich led Russia with 20 points

Spain had two points from F. Ruiz and Russia block and attack from Stulenkov before a block by Filippov gave Russia the lead 8-7 in the first set. Russia took advantage of several Spain’s errors for a 14-11 margin after a spike by Shchadilov and block by Stulenkov. A strong righthander spike by Nikishin sent Russia to a 16-14 lead at the second pause. F. Ruiz scored with his fifth point of the set to cut the lead and Spain tied up at 16 following a Russian fault at the net. The Spaniard led by two-points 20-18 following another bomb from F.Ruiz. Nikishin reduced the difference to 21-20 but Shchadilov served long before another spike of Nikishin who then blocked for the tie at 22-22. Three consecutive spikes by Tsentalovich and block by Filippov decided 26-24 in favor of Russia.

Two spikes by Stulenkov combined with block from Nikishin to give Russia a comfortable early lead of 8-3 in the second set. The action resumed and Filippov scored with block and spike for a 10-3 difference. Spain had a couple of spikes from Villena, but Russia scored three consecutive points, including one ace by Kobzar for a 15-6 lead and Stulenkov sealed with a smash for the 16-7 at the mandatory stop. The set finished 25-13 capped by a block from Lotkov.

It was a very erratic start for both teams in the third set. Russia stood in front 8-5 behind a spike of Nikishin after the fourth block of Filippov. Tsentalovich combined spike and ace and F. Ruiz responded from the other side. The second ace of the match by Kobzar gave Russia a 13-9 advantage that later swollen to 16-11. A too relaxed Russian team saw Spain nearing within one point following ace by Calzon and spike and ace by F. Ruiz. Spain tied with attack from Baos and took the lead with block by Calzon. A long Russian attack expanded the distance to 21-19. Tip by Shchadilov and ace by Kobzar tied the score. A Russian fault at the net gave Spain the lead and B. Ruiz blocked for the two-point difference. Spike by B. Ruiz and ace of Villena gave Spain the win 25-22.

Three spikes by F. Ruiz and two by B. Ruiz gave Spain the lead 8-7 in the fourth set. Russia tied up at 9-9 with attack by Filippov. The score remained close until block by Stulenkov and spike of Tsentalovich gave Russia a 16-13. B. Ruiz blocked and 15 scored with a touch for the tie at 16. Tsentalovich returned the lead to Russia but Spain tied via F. Ruiz. A couple of Russian errors sent Spain in front 19-17 but the spike by Tsentalovich plus one Spain’s fault tied at 19-all. Tied at 21, Tsentalovich served one ace but then served too long.  Tied at 23-23, Shchadilov hit one spike for match-point and Spain called a time-out. The last point landed in the center of Spain side for a team-error and the 25-23 Russian win.



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