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2005 Junior Men’s U 21 World Championship
Vizakhapatnam, India
6 – 14 August 2005

Match Descriptive

Russia beat India 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) - duration 1:03
11-Aug, start time: 15:00, end time: 16:03 - Attendance: 2,200
City: Visakhapatnam; Hall : Port Turst Rajiv Gandhi AC Stadium
Rampant Russia win Pool A
Russia completed their Pool A campaign with a perfect 5-0 win-loss record after trouncing host India 3-0 on Thursday afternoon.
The Russians, who had already booked a semi-final berth the previous day, won 25-18, 25-15, 25-16.
Russia's "Big Blue Machine" was always in control, but every Indian point was greeted with deafening cheers and wild shrieks around the packed hall.
Roman Danilov was back to his blistering best after being well blocked by Serbia and Montenegro the previous evening, and he brought the first set closer to its inevitable conclusion at 23-16 with a steepling spike on the left.
After Russia had missed one set point when Danilov served long, the European champions closed out the first set 25-18 with a delicate drop-shot from Pavel Kruglov that deceived the leaden-footed Indian defence.
One spell in the second set highlighted Russia's superiority.
First, Alexei Ostapenko was unopposed at the net to score with a flashing winner; then the Russian block easily rejected an attempted spike by Jitendra Singh; on the next point, a Danilov missile serve almost knocked Indian libero Govindaraj Palaniandi off his feet, as the ball went spinning into the stands.
Russia reached the second TTO ahead 16-7, and the home fans began whistling their increasingly demoralised and hopelessly outclassed team. Russia took the second 25-15 with a soaring winner on the right from Andrey Maximov.
The power and ferocity of the Russian offence did not let up in the third, and they also mixed it up at the net through Alexander Volkov, who was so sharp to see a space in the Indian mid-court.
From a lead of 16-9 at the second technical break, Russia finished the match 25-16, despite a late Surjit Singh-inspired Indian rally in which they regained their pride and the backing of the fans.