Doha, Qatar, December 17, 2010 – Russia's Dynamo Moscow bounced back from their opening loss to Trentino BetClic by shutting out Paul Mitchell of the United States in straight sets (25-16, 25-14, 25-23) on Friday.
Dynamo's first Pool B victory gives them a 1-1 win-loss record and ensures that Sunday's game against Argentina's Drean Bolivar will most probably determine which of the pair will make it to the semifinals of the 2010 FIVB Club World Championships alongside Trentino. The best players on court were Dynamo's Hungarian spiker Peter Veres with 14 points and Pavel Kruglov with 10. Dynamo outclassed Paul Mitchell from the serving zone with nine aces to three and the Americans were outblocked 10 to two.
Dynamo set the tone immediately, taking an 11-5 lead and the Russian machine did not slow down as by the second mandatory stop, they led 16-9. When for a few rallies the Russians' focus did wander, coach Yury Cherednik called a short break to sort things out and get his team working properly again. Captain Sergey Grankin helped seal the set at 25-16 when his jump serve was not properly controlled by the Americans and the Brazilian Dante closed it easily at the net.
Dynamo were seeking a win to restore confidence after losing to Trentino in straight sets and the difference in quality between the teams on court was striking. The Russians were bombing the American reception (12-6) from every single position, and they stretched their lead steadily to 18-11 in the second set before embarking on a final rush that featured the Dynamo block in dominant form. Rising star Dmitry Shcherbinin spiked for the final point at 25-14 as the Americans failed once again to handle the mighty Russian jump serve.
Dynamo moved out 11-5 in front in the third set and the time-outs requested by Paul Mitchell coach Gary Sato appeared merely to be delaying the inevitable. Cherednik was even able to rest some of his best players, like Alexey Kazakov and Dante, without affecting his side's control, although Paul Mitchell did close the deficit to a single point at 22-21. Yet Dynamo could finally celebrate their first win here in Doha after Veres found the hands of the block to let the ball fall off the court at 25-23.