Russia Announces 29-Man Preliminary Roster for 2018 World Championship

  0 Braden Keith | July 07th, 2018 | News

While Russia is still wrapping up play at the 2018 FIVB Men’s Volleyball Nations League in Lille, France, where they’ll play Brazil in a semi-final on Saturday afternoon, they’ve already announced their preliminary roster of 29 players for the World Championships that will be held from September 9th-30th in Italy in Bulgaria.

The team will be given a “small rest” after the conclusion of the Nations League before reporting to camp on July 20th. The majority of the 14-man final roster is likely already known by coaches, perhaps shifted by injuries or form a little, with only a few spots up-for-grabs. The expanded 29-player roster, however, gives coaches a fuller camp and more bodies with which to train, plus is a developmental opportunity for players who might be called to teams later in their careers.

One peculiar omission from the roster is 29-year old outside hitter Sergey Savin. Savin didn’t play in the Nations League tournament, but the 6’7″ Lokomotiv Novosibirsk player was on the 21-man roster, but was still not selected for this expanded 29-man roster. He’s one of the few holdovers from Russia’s 14-man roster at the 2014 World Championships who are still competing for the National Team.

The rest of the roster has few surprises, led by middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy, who led the team in scoring in the preliminary round of the Nations League, led all players in the tournament in hitting percentage at 66.67% (11 points better than the next-closest player), and also ranked in the top 6 in blocks-per-set (.50).

2017-2018 clubs listed


  • Butko Alexander (1986, Zenit-Kazan)
  • Grankin Sergey (1985, Belogorie)
  • Kobzar Igor (1991, Kuzbass)
  • Kovalev Dmitry (1991, Uralochka)
  • Pankov Pavel (1995, Zenit St. Petersburg)


  • Bakun Konstantin (1985, Belogorie)
  • Kruglov Pavel (1985, Dynamo Moscow)
  • Mikhailov Maxim (1988, Zenit-Kazan)
  • Poletaev Victor (1995, Kuzbass)
  • Shkulyavichus Romanas (1992, Nova)

Middle Blockers

  • Vlasov Ilya (1995, Torch)
  • Volvich Artem (1990, Zenit-Kazan)
  • Kurkayev Ilyas (1994, Lokomotiv Ns)
  • Musersky Dmitry (1988, Belogorie)
  • Tavasiev Inal (1989, Kuzbass)
  • Filippov Igor (1991, the Urals)

Outside Hitters

  • Berezhko Yuri (1984, Dynamo Moscow)
  • Volkov Dmitri (1995, Torch)
  • Karpukhov Anton (1988, Kuzbass)
  • Kliuka Egor (1995, Torch)
  • Markin Alexander (1990, Dynamo Moscow)
  • Podlesnykh Yaroslav (1994, Kuzbass)
  • Rodichev Alexey (1988, Lokomotiv Ns)
  • Ursov Kirill (1995, Gazprom-Yugra)


  • Verbov Aleksey (1982, Zenit-Kazan)
  • Zelenkov Artem (1987, Zenit St. Petersburg)
  • Kableshov Aleksey (1991, the Urals)
  • Martyniuk Roman (1987, Locomotive Hc)
  • Sokolov Alexander (1982, Yaroslavich)

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