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CEV CUP: Lokomotiv Novosibirsk claim three-point win over Zenit St.Petersburg in first CEV Cup semifinal

Despite the very low probability that the other semifinal between Modena and Galatasaray and then a possible final will be played, the first leg of the CEV Cup semifinal was played today, behind closed doors and as scheduled, betweet the two Russian side of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk and Zenit St. Petersburg. After a balanced and hard fought duel that St. Petersburg tried to straighten by inserting Kovalev and Ursov during the 2nd set (instead of Poroshin and Divis) and then Andreev (instead of Krivitchenko) from the 3rd set, the rivals of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk awarded the 3 points by winning the match in four sets despite a 13:9 advantage wasted in the 3rd set. Zenitโ€™s German opposite Gyorgy Grozer was the best scorer of the match with 25 points, followed Sergey Savin who scored 19 for the winners (53% in attack, 1 winning block and 2 aces). Middles Ilyas Kurkaev and Dmitry Shcherbinin impressed blocking, scoring five and four kills, respectively, for the winners.

The re-match at the Sibur Arena in Saint Petersburg is scheduled on March 26 at 19:30 local time.

CEV Cup – First-leg-Semifinals
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk – Zenit St.Petersburg 3-1 (25:22, 25:23, 23:25, 25:22)
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk: Drzyzga 3, Ivovic 9, Shcherbinin 13, Bakun 11, Savin 19, Kurkaev 13, Martyniuk (L); Ermakov (L), Abaev 0, Kruglov 5, Kazachenkov 0. N.E.: Tkachev, Lyzik, Rodichev. Coach: Konstantinov.
Zenit St. Petersburg: Poroshin 0, Camejo 15, Philippov 10, Grozer 25, Divis 1, Iakovlev 8, Krivitchenko (L); Andreev (L), Kovalev 1, Ursov 4, Podrebinkin 1. N.EZ: Ashchev, Aleksey Safonov, Pozdniakov. Coach: Sammelvuo.

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