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Grankin inducted into elite Sergey Tetyukhin Club

 
Sergey Grankin (middle) celebrates played his 200th match for Russia at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championships in Poland
 
Moscow, Russia, October 21, 2014 - Russian star Sergey Grankin has been inducted into the elite Sergey Tetyukhin Club, whose members have at least 200 official caps with the men’s national team, after it was confirmed he reached the historic milestone in the fifth-place playoff at the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship in Poland.

The 29-year-old setter played in his side’s final match of the tournament against Iran to ensure them fifth place.

Confirmation of the landmark was delayed due to the fact that a match at the beginning of the setter’s international career was under question.  The official score sheet of the game does not indicate that Grankin entered the court, but according match statistics suggested he did, in fact, compete.  The Russian Volleyball Federation eventually found video evidence to support the match statistics.

This finding brings Grankin’s count to exactly 200 official caps with Russia. His first match was during a 2006 FIVB World League game against France.

It means the 2012 Olympic champion becomes the seventh member of a unique club which bears the name of the all-time caps leader for Russia Sergey Tetyukhin, who has played in 293 matches.  The other five members are Alexey Kazakov with 276, Konstantin Ushakov with 254, Vadim Khamuttskikh with 237, Ruslan Olikhver with 213 and Alexey Kuleshov with 200.

Ushakov and Olikhver also played for the Soviet Union the Commonwealth of Independent States, but those are not counted towards Sergey Tetyukhin Club membership, since not all records are available in the archives.  The Russian Volleyball Federation applies very strict criteria in keeping count of the players’ records. Only official matches played under the auspices of the CEV or the FIVB are considered and only if the player actually participated in the game and was not merely registered as a team member on the official score sheet.

The next closest to joining the club is libero Alexey Verbov with 172 caps.




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