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Zenit Kazan dominates Zamalek with sharp service and tight block

Badawy Mohamed of Zamalek Cairo (EGY) spikes against Apalikov and Stanley (Zenit Kazan - RUS)
Doha, Qatar, November 5, 2009 - Zenit Kazan of Russia notched up a straight sets win over Zamalek of Egypt (25-18, 25-13, 25-11) in the third and final day of Pool A matches in the 2009 Men’s Club World Championship at the Aspire Zone indoor hall in Doha, Qatar on Thursday. Zenit clinched the second Pool A ticket to the semi-final after Trentino BetClic of Italy secured the first yesterday.

The Russian team’s tight block made it impossible for Zamalek players to function throughout the match. Zenit Kazan put further pressure on the Egyptians with razor sharp services that did not allow the receivers to finish the job quickly. The Zenit opposite was his team’s best scorer with 19 points, while Saleh Youssef and Mohamed Badawy were best scorers for Zamalek with only 6 points apiece.

Zenit Kazan started the match well, using backline attacks mainly by opposite Clayton Stanely. The Russian club’s blockers were also outstanding, stopping Zamalek’s first attacks and helping their team to take the lead 8-5 at the first Technical Timeout (FTT). Zamalek players remained focused. Star player Mohamed Badawy, working well with attacker Saleh Fathy, managed to break through their opponent’s block several times, but Zenit were still leading 16-12 at the second Technical Timeout (STT). Quick attacks by Zenit’s Alexandre Bogomolov, who also succeeded in stopping frequent attacks by the Egyptian team together with center Nikolai Apalikov, allowed the Russian team to win the set 25-18.

Stanely’s spiking skills again worked well in position two at the beginning of the second set. The Egyptian team coach changed the position of attacker Badawy to the opposite. Zenit took an early 4-0 lead, and although Zamalek improved its defence, the Russian team remained ahead 8-6 at the FTT. Stanely continued serving and spiking well to allow his team to create a wider lead at the STT, 16-11. Zenit’s tight block then completely overwhelmed Zamalek, and they won the set easily, 25-13.

In the third set, the Russian team continued to use the sharp spike service to stop Zamalek, who made frequent mistakes in reception and backline digging. The Egyptians were unable to get back into the match, and Zenit led 8-2 at the FTT and then 16-4 at the STT. Even though bench players were brought in to allow the main players to rest, Zenit still managed to dominate, winning the set 25-11  

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