The gap between the top two teams in the Russian Super League, Zenit-Kazan and Belogorie, and the other 12 teams continues to grow with each passing round. Although there are still 16 matches left in the regular season, Zenit-Kazan and Belogorie are clearly the class of the league and have set themselves up as the teams to beat.
Match of the Week: Belogorie 3:0 Kuzbass (26-24, 25-13, 25-17)
On paper, this was the matchup of the week as two teams in the top five faced off. After a hard fought first set, it quickly turned into a rout as Belogorie rolled to a straight set victory. Konstantin Bakun led the way with 16 points, four blocks included, and Dmitry Musierskiy chipped in 12 points. 42-year-old Sergey Tetyukhin continues to perform at a high level, accounting for 10 points with a round 10 high four aces. Round nine player of the week Viktor Poletaev led Kuzbass with 12 points.
Player of the Week: Konstantin Bakun
Bakun scored 16 points as Belogorie picked up an impressive sweep of Kuzbass. Belogorie continues to an impress with their only blemish being a loss to Zenit-Kazan. The two teams will face off again early in 2018.
Looking Forward: Round 11
Two important match-ups of teams in the top six will take place in round 11 as Kuzbass faces Torch and Belogorie is set to face Ural Mountains.
Current Standings: (Points)
- Zenit-Kazan (29 points)
- Belogorie (26 points)
- Torch (19 points)
- Nova (17 points)
- Kuzbass (17 points)
- Ural Mountains (16 points)
- Zenit St. Petersburg (16 points)
- Dynamo Moscow (15 points)
- Lokomotiv (13 points)
- Gazprom-Yugra (11 points)
- Yenisei (9 points)
- Yaroslavich (8 points)
- Dinamo-LO (8 points)
- Yugra-Samotlor (3 points)
Results: Round 10
Zenit-Kazan 3:0 Nova (25-17, 25-23, 25-16)
Belogorie 3:0 Kuzbass (26-24, 25-13, 25-17)
Torch 3:1 Gazprom-Yugra (25-22, 20-25, 26-24, 27-25)
Zenit St. Petersburg 3:0 Yugra-Samotlor (25-18, 25-18, 25-21)
Dynamo Moscow 3:1 Yenisei (25-21, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20)
Yaroslavich 3:1 Dinamo-LO (25-27, 25-21, 25-20, 29-27)
Ural Mountains vs Lokomotiv (Rescheduled for November, 22nd)