Kaliningrad, Russia, June 19, 2010 – Russia clinched their sixth consecutive win in the 2010 FIVB World League with a 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-18) victory over Finland in Kaliningrad in front of 4,130 spectators.
The Russians remain unbeaten at the end of the third weekend of the tournament and improve their record to 6-0 to lead the Pool C with 17 points while Finland dropped to 1-5 and was left in the third place with four points.
The home side's Taras Khtey topped the scores with 18 points while Urpo Sivula led Finland with 17 points.
The first set started with both teams making many mistakes. However the Russians soon found their momentum with their block working well to pick up the set 25-18.
Russia kept the good rhythm to take an early lead in the second set and extended it to 19-12 thanks to a good serve and high tempo of attack before closing the frame 25-16.
The third set saw the Finns put up a fight and pull ahead 17-10 thanks to an excellent performance fro Urpo Sivula who led their attack with 11 points. Playing under pressure the Russians were not able to maintain the control of the game. Despite some substitutions made by Russian coach Daniele Bagnoli they lost the set 18-25.
Russia regained control in the fourth, taking a slight three-point advantage. Finland didn’t give up staying close but never came back as the set finished 25-18 to the hosts.
Russia now travel to Egypt for the fourth round of the Intercontinental Rounds next week while Finland play the USA away.