FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Russia cruise to opening victory


Bogdan Glivenko led Russia to a solid victory as main scorer with 10 points

Uberlandia, Brazil, October 6, 2013 - Russia claimed the first victory of the Men's U23 World Championship, beating Mexico 3-0 (21-11, 21-14, 21-13) at the Arena Presidente Tancredo Neves.

It was a strong all-round performance from Russia, with five players scoring at least five points, and opposite Bogdan Glivenko top scoring with 10.

Mexico couldn't handle Russia's all-round spiking options and didn't register a single blocking point in the match as Russia cruised to a straigt-sets win.

Opposite Nestor Orellana (6) and wing spiker Roberto Rincon (5) were Mexico's biggest point scorers, but it wasn't enough to compete against Russia's superior attack.

Russia return to the court on Monday to play Venezuela, while Mexico again start the matches on day two, against Iran.

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