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Stroitel wins fifth consecutive title in Belarus

Stroitel players celebrating

Minsk, Belarus, April 28, 2014 - The final stage of the men's championship of Belarus has finished with Stroitel Minsk winning its fifth consecutive national title.  Stroitel won all its matches in the finals which took place in Grodno and in the capital Minsk.

After the first round in Grodno, the team from Minsk made for itself a good handicap - 9 points.  In Minsk, the matches were held at the new Chyzhovka-Arena sports complex, where in May Belarus will also organize the second round of Pool F qualifications for the 2015 CEV Volleyball European Championship - Men.   All games were broadcast live on the national TV channel Belarus-5.

Already feeling at home at Chyzhovka, Stroitel showed some perfect performances.  At the start of the tournament the guys from Minsk defeated BATE-BGU Borisov by 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23).  They officially sealed the title in the second match with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-13) victory over Shakhtior Soligorsk to finish the season off with another win, this time over Kommunalnik Grodno by 3-2 (22-25, 25-27, 25-16, 25-19, 15-9).

Shakhtior claimed the silver medals and Kommunalnik took the bronze.

Individual awards:

MVP:  Andrei Radziuk (Stroitel)
Best Blocker:  Siarhei Busel (Strotel)
Best Spiker:  Siarhei Akulich (Stroitel)
Best Setter:  Edgardo Goas (Stroitel)
Best Libero:  Dzmitry Likharad (Stroitel)
Best Rookie:  Kanstantsin Panasenka (BATE-BGU)

Men’s champions of Belarus in history:

1992:  SKA Minsk
1993:  Sputnik Vitebsk
1994:  Sputnik Vitebsk
1995:  Sputnik Vitebsk
1996:  SKA Minsk
1997:  Kommunalnik Grodno
1998:  SKA Minsk
1999:  Kommunalnik Grodno
2000:  SKA Minsk
2001:  GVK GOMEL
2002:  Kommunalnik Grodno
2003:  Kommunalnik Grodno
2004:  GVK GOMEL
2005:  Kommunalnik Grodno
2006:  Tekhnopribor-Bela Mogilev
2007:  Metallurg-Bela Mogilev
2008:  Metallurg Zhlobin
2009:  Metallurg Zhlobin
2010:  Stroitel Minsk
2011:  Stroitel Minsk
2012:  Stroitel Minsk
2013:  Stroitel Minsk
2014:  Stroitel Minsk

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