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Russia: Zenit Kazan down Fakel in match full of errors. Belgorod falls, Novosibirsk, Ufa, and Novgorod ok

The big match of the opening round of the 2020/21 Russian volleyball Championship between Zenit-Kazan and Fakel was filled with drama.
Kuzbass Kemerovo downed Zenit Saint Petersburg yesterday in four sets, but that wasn’t the only big match scheduled at the start of the 2020/21 Superliga Parimatch regular season.
In today’s match, filled with a lot of mistakes on both sides, Zenit-Kazan beat Fakel in the tie-break: 3-2 (24:26, 25:22, 25:23, 23:25, 15:13). Last season Zenit lost twice to these rivals in the regular season. However, players of both teams showed very nervous play which resulted in too many errors: Zenit had 42, while Fakel 34.
Maksim Mikhaylov was the top scorer for the winning side but also of the match with 28 points, including 4 blocks, while Maksim Zhigalov scored 21 points for Fakel, while Aleksandr Gutsalyuk made 4 blocks.

There was one more tie-breaker today from which ASK emerged victorious: 3-2 against Dinamo-LO. The titleholders Lokomotiv, as well as Ural and Yugra-Samotlor, achieved straight-set wins each.

Round 1 | September 25 |

• Zenit St. Petersburg – Kuzbass Kemerovo 1-3 (23:25, 25:18, 21:25, 23-25)
• Dinamo Moscow – Neftyanik Orenburg 3-0 (25:16, 25:17, 25:17)

September 26 |
• Zenit Kazan – Fakel Novy Urengoy 3-2 (24:26, 25:22, 25:23, 23:25, 15:13)
• Yenisey Krasnoyarsk – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 0-3 (19:25, 17:25, 15:25)
• Belogorie Belgorod – Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 0-3 (20:25, 22:25, 23:25)
• Dinamo LO – ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 2-3 (28:26, 18:25, 25:11, 22:25, 26:28)
• Gazprom Surgut – Ural Ufa 0-3 (13:25, 20:25, 16:25)

Standings |
Dinamo Moscow 3
Kuzbass Kemerovo 3
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 3
Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 3
Ural Ufa 3
Zenit Kazan 2
ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 2
Fakel Novy Urengoy 1
Dinamo LO 1
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk 0
Belogorie Belgorod 0
Gazprom Surgut 0
Zenit St. Petersburg 0
Neftyanik Orenburg 0

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