2018-2019 Russian Super League
While the departure of Wilfredo Leon, some have renewed optimism in their team’s chances to win the Russian Super League. After the first weekend of the season, many of the same teams who have often inhabited the top of the table were still up there, most of which earning sweeps. The one hiccup came from Dynamo Moscow, who beat Dynamo-Lo Leningrad in 5 sets and dropped a point. Dick Kooy led the match with 23 points.
Erik Shoji made his first appearance in Fakel Urengoy in their 3-0 win over Ural Ufa. He made 40% of his receptions positive one.
Paul Carroll made his first start in Russia after spending years in Germany with the Berlin Recycling Volleys. He lead his team, Yenisei Krasnoyarsk, with 18 points on 17 kills and 1 ace in their 0-3 defeat to Kuzbass Kemerovo.
Gyorgy Grozer made an impact in his first match for Zenit St. Petersburg. He was all over the stat sheet with 23 points on 15 kills, 5 blocks, and 3 aces in a 3-0 win over Yaroslavich Yaroslavl.
There was no Matt Anderson and no Earvin N’Gapeth for Zenit Kazan, but the Russian champions did not miss a step in their 3-0 sweep of Yugra-Samotlor. Maxim Mikhailov scored 15 points on 9 kills, 1 block, and 5 aces in the sweep.
John Gordon Perrin scored 17 points for Belogorie Belgorod in his first match for the much-changed Russian club. Belogorie beat Gazprom-Yugra in a 3-0 sweep.
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk beat Nova in a sweep. Lokomotiv was led by Konstantin Bakun’s 12 points, and Sergey Savin finished with 11.
Russian Super League Results From Week 1
Torch (Novy Urengoy)
Dynamo-LO (Leningrad Region)
Zenit (St. Petersburg)
|3: 0 (25:22, 25:18, 25:13)
3: 0 (25:19, 31:29, 25:22)
3: 2 (21:25, 25:19, 25:19, 18: 25, 15:10)
0: 3 (15:25, 20:25, 27:29)
3: 0 (25:16, 25:23, 25:21)
3: 0 (25:15, 25:21, 25:19)
3: 0 (25:20, 25:19, 28:26)