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Russia become three-time World League champions

 
Evgeny Sivozhelez scored 14 points for Russia including four aces
Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 – Olympic champions Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League titles after an impressive 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) win over nine-time winners Brazil in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League final on Sunday.

World No. 2 Russia, who pick up $1m in prize money, defeated world No. 1 Brazil in a repeat of the Olympic Games final to claim their third World League crown and second in three years having now beaten Brazil three times in succession for only the second time ever.

Russia, who previously won the World League title in 2002 and 2011 becomes the second country to win the World League title immediately after becoming Olympic champions after Brazil in 1993 and 2005. It’s Russia’s 14th World League medal – three gold, five silver, six bronze – while Brazil, who win $500,000, remain the most successful country having nine titles, four silver and four bronze medals to their name.

Italy earlier beat Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7) in the bronze medal match for their first World League podium finish since 2004 to add to their collection of eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Bulgaria finished fourth, their best World League result, for the fifth time.

It is the fourth time that Russia, Brazil and Italy have finished on the World League podium after 1993, 2000 and 2001) but never in this order.

2013 World League Dream Team
1st Best Outside Spiker: Ivan Zaytsev (Italy)
2nd Best Outside Spiker: Lucarelli (Brazil)
1st Best Middle Blocker: Dmitriy Muserskiy (Russia)
2nd Best Middle Blocker: Emanuele Birarelli (Italy)
Best Libero: Mario (Brazil)
Best Setter: Bruno (Brazil)
Best Opposite Spiker: Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria)
Most Valuable Player: Nikolay Pavlov (Russia)

The MVP received $30,000 in prize money, with the other award winners collecting $10,000 each.

The top three scorers during the Intercontinental Round finished the Finals similarly although in a different order. Tsvetan Sokolov topped scored in the Finals with 76 points after finishing the Intercontinental Round with 209 points, second behind Ivan Zaytsev (215). Zaytsev was the second best scorer in the Finals with 68 points with Nikolay Pavlov on 65 (201 in the Intercontinental Round).

Russia beat Brazil in straight sets to claim third World League title
The Olympic champions and world No. 2 Russia defeated Brazil 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-19) to claim their third World League title and second in three years in the Estadio Islas Malvinas on Sunday. The result was a repeat of the Olympic Games final when Russia beat Brazil, that time in five sets, and they have now beaten Brazil three times in succession for only the second time ever. Russia, who previously won the World League title in 2002 and 2011 beating Brazil on both occasions 3-1 and 3-2 respectively, becomes the second country to win the World League title immediately after becoming Olympic champions after Brazil did it 1993 and 2005. It’s Russia’s 14th World League medal – three gold, five silver, six bronze – while Brazil remain the most successful country having nine titles, four silver and four bronze to their name.
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Every point was made of gold - Spiridonov
Alexey Spiridinov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of the 2013 World League Finals. "I can't explain this feeling, this is the second time I won a World League, and it is a win not only for my team, but also for my country."
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Vettori leads Italy to bronze on Finals debut
World No 3 Italy repeated their London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal result by beating Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, 15-7) in the playoff for third at the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals on Sunday. And the youngest player in the Italian side at 22, Luca Vettori was the star, equalling the World League Finals match-high of 29 points as he made his full 2013 World League Finals starting debut in place for captain Cristian Savani. The win sees Italy, the second-equal most successful team in the World League, claim their third bronze medal, first medal since 2004 and 14th in total in 23 editions, equal with Russia who will win their 14th medal in the final against Brazil, and three behind Brazil, who will have 17 to their name.
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Young Vettori makes a point as Italy win bronze
Young Italian star Luca Vettori led Italy to their first World League medal since 2004 with a 3-2 win against Bulgaria at the 2013 World League Finals on Sunday. Vettori, the youngest member in Italy's Finals squad, was a late replacement for injured captain Cristian Savani and was the match's top scorer with an impressive 29-point total.
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We were surprised by Vettori - Sokolov
Tsvetan Sokolov says the unexpected appearance of young Italian wing spiker Luca Vettori was the difference as Bulgaria failed to win a World League bronze medal match for the fifth time. Vettori, was a late injury replacement for Italy captain Cristian Savani and was the match's top scorer with 29 points.
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Same Olympic matches, different World League teams
The medal deciders at the 2013 World League Finals are exactly the same as last year's matches at the 2012 Olympic Games as Brazil and Russia play for gold, while Bulgaria and Italy go for bronze. Here volleyball legend Andrea Zorzi looks ahead to some of the key points. "While the matches might be the same, there's been some major personnel changes since the prizes were handed out a year ago in London. Leading the way in terms of newcomers are Olympic champions Russia, whose 12-man 2013 World League Finals squad contains just four of the players that claimed gold in London."
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Statistical preview - A World League Finals battle of Olympic proportions
The FIVB World League Finals will mimic the London Olympics, as the teams who battled for gold and bronze in 2012 will meet again for World League titles on Sunday. Italy and Bulgaria will compete in the battle for third place; while World League winners of 2010 (Brazil) and 2011 (Russia) will vie for the 2013 World League gold medal in Mar de Plata, Argentina.
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LIVE SCOREBOX | FINALS

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91 E 17/07 17:30 20:30 BRA-RUS 2-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
92 D 17/07 21:00 00:00 ARG-BUL 1-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
93 E 18/07 17:30 20:30 RUS-CAN 2-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
94 D 18/07 21:00 00:00 BUL-ITA 1-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
95 E 19/07 16:30 19:30 CAN-BRA 0-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
96 D 19/07 20:00 23:00 ITA-ARG 3-1 Mar del Plata View View View View
97 SF 20/07 16:30 19:30 ITA-RUS 1-3 Mar del Plata View View View View
98 SF 20/07 20:00 23:00 BRA-BUL 3-1 Mar del Plata View View View View
99 Finals 21/07 16:40 19:30 ITA-BUL 3-2 Mar del Plata View View View View
100 Finals 21/07 20:12 23:00 RUS-BRA 3-0 Mar del Plata View View View View


Standings

Pool D

Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 ITA Italy 6 2 2     2         6 2 3.000 192 173 1.110
2 BUL Bulgaria 3 2 1 1   1     1   4 4 1.000 187 191 0.979
3 ARG Argentina   2   2         2   2 6 0.333 181 196 0.923

Pool E

Rk Code Team Points Matches Results Details Sets Points
Played Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 BRA Brazil 4 2 1 1 1     1     5 3 1.667 177 176 1.006
2 RUS Russia 3 2 1 1     1 1     5 5 1.000 215 203 1.059
3 CAN Canada 2 2 1 1     1     1 3 5 0.600 172 185 0.930
 
Top Scoring Performances
31 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Poland (July14)
31 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 30)
30 – Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia v Germany (June 29)
29 – Luca Vettori of Italy v Bulgaria (World League Finals bronze medal match on July 21)
29 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Argentina (World League Finals on July 17)
29 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Germany (July 5)
28 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Russia (June 21)
28 – Wytze Kooistra of the Netherlands v Canada (May 31)
27 – Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria v Italy (World League Finals on July14)
27 – Nikolay Pavlov of Russia v Brazil (World League Finals on July 17)
27 – Bartosz Kurek of Poland v Argentina (June 28)
27 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Germany (June 9)

Top Blocking Performances
6 – Lucas Saatkamp of Brazil v Russia (World League Finals on July 17)
6 – Nikolay Apalikov of Russia v Cuba (June 28)
6 – Dragan Stankovic of Serbia v Iran (June 21)
6 – Holt Maxwell of USA v France (June 14)
6 – Andrey Aschchev of Russia v Serbia (June 14)
6 – Frederic Winters of Canada v Korea (June 14)
6 – Emanuele Birarelli of Italy v Germany (June 9)
6 – Park Sang-Ha of Korea v Japan (June 1)
 
Top Blocking Performances by Team
20 – Iran v Serbia (June 23)
17 – Bulgaria v Italy (World League Finals bronze medal match on July 21)
17 – Brazil v Russia (World League Finals on July 17)
17 – USA v Poland (July 5)
16 – Bulgaria v Argentina (June 22)
16 – Italy v Russia (June 21)
16 – Italy v Germany (June 9)

Top Serving Performances
7 – Alexandre Ferreira of Portugal v Finland (June 1)
6 – Ivan Zaytsev of Italy v Cuba (June 14)
World League Finals – 3 – Tsvetan Sokolov of Bulgaria v Italy, Quiroga Rodrigo of Argentina v Italy, Emanuele Birarelli and Matteo Piano of Italy v Argentina
Top Serving Performances by Team
11 – Poland v Bulgaria (July 12)
11 - Russia v Serbia (June 14)
10 – USA v Argentina (June 8)
10 – Italy v Argentina (World League Finals on July 19)
 
Highest Scorer by Round
Week 1: Wytze Kooistra of Netherlands, 28 (v Canada)
Week 2: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 27 (v Germany)
Week 3: Tatsuya Fukuzawa of Japan, 24 (v Finland)
Week 4: Ivan Zaytsev of Italy, 28 (v Russia)
Week 5: Aleksandar Atanasijevic of Serbia, 30 (v Germany)
Week 6: Nikolay Pavlov of Russia, 29 (v Germany)
Week 7: Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria, 31 (v Poland)
Finals:  Sokolov Tsvetan of Bulgaria, 29 (v Argentina) and Luca Vettori of Italy, 29 (v Bulgaria)

Highest Set Score
Week 1: Netherlands v Portugal, 36-34
Week 2: Bulgaria v France, 31-29
Week 3: USA v France, 30-28
Week 4: Russia v Italy, 30-28
Week 5: Iran v Italy, 32-30
Week 6: Portugal v Korea, 32-34
Week 7: Brazil v USA, 28-26
Finals: Brazil v Canada 30-28
 
Highest Scoring Matches
Week 1: Finland v Portugal, 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12) – 219 points
Week 2: Brazil v Poland, 3-2 (28-26, 25-22, 23-25, 20-25, 15-10) – 219 points
Week 3: USA v France, 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 15-9) – 226 points
Week 4: Serbia v Iran, 3-2 (26-24, 25-23,17-25, 14-25, 18-16) - 213 points
Week 5: Portugal v Japan 2-3 (25-22, 23-25, 30-28, 22-25, 10-15) 225 points
Week 6: Poland v USA 3-2 (25-22, 19-25, 13-25, 30-28, 18-16) 221 points
Week 7: Bulgaria v Poland 3-2 (20-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20, 19-17) 221 points
Finals: Canada v Russia  3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-11) 211 points




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