Italy, Russia Block Out the Competition for #FIVBMensWCH Pool E Sweeps

  0 Wendy Mayer | September 21st, 2018 | International Volleyball, News, Previews & Recaps

2018 FIVB Men’s World Championships – Round 2 – Pool E

  • Sept. 21-24, 2018
  • Forum di Assago; Milan, Italy
  • #4 Italy, #4 Russia, #18 Finland, #25 Netherlands

Russia cruised past the Dutch, while Italy made quick work of Finland to begin Pool E action in Round 2 of the FIVB Men’s World Championships.

Russia def.  Netherlands 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21)

“We are satisfied with this victory but we know that we can do more,” Russian coach Sergei Shliapnikov said. “Tomorrow it will be a tough game since Italy play at home, and they are supported by their home crowd but, but we want to win and will do whatever possible to continue our journey in this World Championship.”

Four Russian players posted double-digit scoring efforts and the team bested the Dutch in every way in the sweep.

Russia outdid the Netherlands in kills (41-32), blocks (8-4), aces (9-3) and points off errors (17-15).

Outside hitter Dmitry Volkov notched 15 points, including eight in the opening set, while opposite Maxim Mikhailov (13), outside Egor Kliuka (11) and middle blocker Ilyas Kurkaev (10) followed. Volkov, Mikhailov and Kliuka downed nine kills apiece, while Volkov and Kurkaev were tops on the blocks with three stuffs each. Mikhailov also served up a match-leading four aces, while Volkov chipped in three perfect serves.

Outside Thijs Ter Horst was the only Dutch player to reach double-digits, turning in a 13-point effort, including seven in the final stanza. Ter Horst notched a match-high 10 kills and three blocks. Captain Nimir Abdel-Aziz was next on the team with nine points, seven in Set 3, managing seven putaways and two aces.  Nimir did not play in the second set as 10 different Dutch players took the court in the stanza. All 14 players saw action for the Netherlands in the match.

Russia grabbed ahead 12-8 and turned away any Dutch comeback attempts in a 25-17 Set 1 win.

The Russians built a six-point lead at 18-12 in Set 2 and continued on to a 25-16 victory behind Volkov and Mikhailov.

The Dutch did not go away quietly, instead going up 5-3 to kick off Set 3. Russia turned the tables with a 9-2 run to vault ahead 12-7. The Netherlands was back within one at 22-21, but could not complete the comeback, falling 25-21.

“If we wanted to win with Russia we needed to do everything perfectly and hope that they were not in a perfect shape,” Nimir said. “Tonight we did not play at our best.  They always put us under pressure, and we suffered a lot. Tomorrow we will try to do better, but we need to limit our errors.”

Italy def. Finland 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-16)

  • Italy moves to 5-0; Finland 2-3
  • Match Stats
  • P2 Stat Sheet
  • Attendance

Eleven blocks helped lift Italy past Finland and to its sixth straight win of the World Championships.

The hosts outdid the Finns 11-3 on the blocks, 46-39 in kills and 15-9 in points off errors. Both teams served up three aces.

Osmany Juantorena and Ivan Zaytsev notched 14 points apiece to pace the Italians to victory, while three other players chimed in with eight or more points.

Juantorena put down a team-best 13 kills and added a block, while Zaytsev accounted for 11 putaways, a team-leading two aces and a block. Daniele Mazzone (10), Simone Anzani (9), Gabriele Maruotti (8) and Simone Giannelli (5) rounded out the scoring. Mazzone notched eight kills and Maruotti added seven. Anzani put up four blocks, while Giannelli added three.

Finland utilized 12 players trying to find an answer for the Italians. Urpo Sivula tallied 12 points to lead the team (10 kills, 1 block, 1 ace). Sauli Sinkkonen chipped in eight points with six kills and a team-leading two blocks. Antti Ronkainen managed six points in the final two sets, including two aces, while Samuli Kaislasalo put down six kills in the final stanza.

Matches Pts Sets Points
Rank Team W L W L Ratio W L Ratio
1  Italy 6 0 18 18 2 9.000 498 380 1.311
2  Russia 4 2 13 15 6 2.500 497 420 1.183
3  Netherlands 4 2 11 12 11 1.091 509 495 1.028
4  Finland 2 4 6 9 15 0.600 507 546 0.929
Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
21 Sep 17:00 Netherlands  0–3  Russia 17–25 16–25 21–25 54–75 P2 Report
21 Sep 21:15 Italy  3–0  Finland 25–20 25–18 25–16 75–54
22 Sep 17:00 Netherlands   Finland 0–0
22 Sep 21:15 Russia   Italy 0–0
23 Sep 17:00 Russia   Finland 0–0
23 Sep 21:15 Italy   Netherlands 0–0

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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