Earvin Ngapeth And Matt Anderson Share The Court For The First Time As Zenit Kazan Beats Kemerovo 3-1
Russia’s top dogs came out with wins this weekend as Zenit St. Petesburg, Belgorod, Zenit Kazan, and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk gave their opponents no chances at success. However, it’s the brave Fakel Novy Urengoy team who is leading the standings at this early stage of the season
Karpukhov’s role includes encouraging the public to make blood donations.
Russia, the leading team in VolleyMob’s WCH Power Rankings, is the most decorated team in WCH history with 6 titles, but with no successes since 1982
Russia is going to Poland at full-strength
Dmitriy Muserskiy will headline a strong lineup for Russia in the VNL Final Six. Artem Volvich and Maxim Mikhailov are also on the roster in Lille, France.
France edged past an error-riddled Russian side for a sweep and the top spot on the VNL standings register heading into the Final Six.
Brazil put down 21 more kills in the match, including 15 by Wallace DeSouza in a rout of China on Sunday to stay atop the VNL standings. Russia picked up its second straight home victory, besting Iran in every scoring category, while Dmitriy Muserskiy scored a match-high 24 points.
Poland, Brazil and France maintained the top three spots in the Volleyball Nations League settings after Day 8, but it was a mixed bag of results that shook up the Top 5.
Thirteen blocks were not enough to lift Iran past a Brazilian side, which leaned on Douglas Souza and Wallace DeSouza in a five-set affair on Saturday. Meanwhile, Anton Karpukhov did it all for Russia, posting a match-high 21 points with 15 kills, four blocks and two aces, in a sweep of China.
Iran snapped a two-match losing streak with a dominant sweep of China, including 13 blocks. Brazil won its fifth-straight VNL match, keeping Russia off-balance with tough serving including 11 aces.