Russian All-Star Game produces fiesta of volleyball
Two of Russia’s Olympic heroes were pitted against each other in a novel twist on the All-Star Game format at the Druzhba Sports Arena in Moscow.
Maxim Mikhaylov and Sergey Tetyukhin were appointed as captains of the two teams and the 24-year-old Mikhaylov led a side made up of the cream of Russia’s crop of youngsters, while Tetyukhin, 37, captained a side composed entirely of players over 30.
Alexander Volkov was coach of Mikhaylov’s team and was assisted courtside by Russia’s coach at the London Games Vladimir Alekno. Across the net Vadim Khamutskih and Gennady Shipulin were in charge of the over-30s.
Mikhaylov’s team of younger players were quickly into their stride and edged ahead at the end of the first set to claim it with a 25-23 win. They maintained their focus in the second set to go into a two-to-one lead with a 25-21 win. Tetyukhin’s squad fought back in the third set to stay in the game with a 25-17 win, but they were unable to build on their momentum and Mikhaylov rallied his team for one more time and they closed out the victory with a 25-20 fourth set win to take the match 3-1.
On a day of celebration for Russian volleyball, Pavel Moroz won the competition for fastest serve, while another Olympic hero Dmitriy Muserskiy was the best attacker.