Russia claimed its place in the World Championships final six with a sweep of Finland, behind 18 points by substitute Victor Polataev. Italy rested all of its starters and still came out with a 3-1 win over the Netherlands to remain atop the group.
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
Russian National Teamer Yury Berezhko (blocker on the right) has extended his contract with Dynamo Moscow.
Chaumont VB 52 Haute Marne fought a 0-2 deficit to take down Dinamo Moscow in a heated five-set match.
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk’s strong squad was able to down Dinamo Moscow in straight sets to open up the fourth round of the 2018 Champions League.
There will be three new teams on the podium at the 2017 European Men’s Championship as the last remaining 2015 medalist, Italy, was eliminated in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Poland and France were knocked out in Wednesday’s playoffs.
Finland held on for the five-set win over Estonia to open Pool A play, while Serbia made short work of Poland. A pair of sweeps highlighted Day 1 action in Pool C with wins by Russia and Slovenia.