Doha, Qatar, November 3, 2009 - Zenit Kazan of Russia overwhelmed Plataneros of Corozal as they clinched their first victory 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-17) in the first day of Pool A matches in the 2009 Men’s Club World Championship here at Aspire Zone indoor hall in Doha, Qatar on Tuesday.
Initially, the match went point by point with Zenit Kazan having difficulty getting through Corozal’s defence to score. However, Kazan gradually gained control at the net with their middle blockers Nikolai Apalikov and Alexandre Bogomolov particularly effective. Sergey Tetyukhin spiked efficiently from both the front and backlines, aided by quick attacks from Clayton Stanely, allowing the Russian team to win the first set 25-20.
In the second set, Corozal made many mistakes in reception and digging, which enabled Zenit Kazan to control the attacks through their centers and wing spikers. Although Corozal wing spiker Thomas Mckinney and opposite Jason Octave tried to use their talented spikes to get their side back into the match, Zenit remained in control at the net with their efficient blockers, and won the set 25-14.
At the beginning of the third set, Corozal gave their best performance, using the Golden Formula, which is being trialed by the FIVB at this event, efficiently both offensively, through the backline attacks of Mckinney ,and defensively, through their middle blocker Enrique Escalante, to lead for the first time in the set at the first Technical Timeout (F TT) 8-5. Zenit, however, quickly returned to their rhythm in blocking and had regained the lead 16-11 by the second Technical Timeout (STT). They continued in the same manner, winning the set 25-17 and the match in straight sets.