FIVB VolleyWorld 10/2013 - English - page 9

Without doubt Brazil are a
very good team and it just
happened that today we were
better. I want to thank my
coach and my team for our
success.
Russia’s captain Egor Feoktistov
Russia began the tournament well with wins over Brazil, France and
Venezuela before they slipped to a loss to Italy in pool play. They
quickly rediscovered their form against Tunisia in the Round of
16, continued their run against Iran and then gained revenge by
defeating Italy in the semifinals.
Along the way 18-year-old Viktor Poletaev showed himself as a player
of real promise by winning the MVP award. It capped a remarkable
2013 in which he had also won gold at the 2013 CEV Youth Volleyball
European Championship, FIVB Men’s U19 World Championship and
the European Youth Olympic Festival before enjoying success at the
FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship in Ankara.
“I was very surprised, especially since I am much younger than most
of the players there,” the 193cm-tall Zenit Kazan player said. “The
MVP is usually a member of the team that wins gold, so this individual
award was a very nice addition to our result as a team.”
“Although the final game was supposed to be the toughest match for
us in Turkey, everything seemed to go so easily for us and eventually
we really enjoyed the game. But I have to say that Brazil did not really
show what they are capable of. However, I am happy that once more
– as we did in the Olympics and the World League Finals this year –
Russia beat Brazil.”
Italy recovered from their loss to Russia to defeat their trans-Alpine
neighbours France 3-1 in the bronze medal match, though it was a
bitter-sweet moment for coach Marco Bonitta, who knew he would
be saying goodbye to a number of his charges who were moving up
the age-groups.
“I am very happy with the result,” he said. “But I am also sad,
because I am going to separate from this team as they will not be
juniors anymore. I want to thank all my players because they got
incredible results and made me really happy.”
Russia’s U21 men added yet another trophy to their burgeoning collection
FINAL RANKING
MEN’S U21
-
Ankara, Izmir, Turkey, August 22–September 1
1
Russia
2
Brazil
3
Italy
4
France
5
Iran
6
Turkey
7
Argentina
8
India
9
Serbia
10
Japan
11
USA
12
Canada
13
Tunisia
14
Egypt
15
China
16
Mexico
17
Estonia
18
Morocco
19
Venezuela
20
Rwanda
9
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