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Russia: Fakel down Zenit St. Petersburg in big match, Kuzbass sweep Belogorie and the others of Round 10

Fakel Novi Urengoy downed Zenit Saint Petersburg on the road in the big match of the 10th round of the 2020/21 Superliga Parimatch regular season. With a clear 3-0 (25:20, 25:20, 25:17), they climbed to the sixth position in the charts, preventing rivals from moving up to the third position.
Dmitriy Volkov top-scored Fakel with 18 points, including 4 winning blocks while American Erik Shoji had 82 % reception (27 % excellent). Viktor Poletaev scored 11 points on the losing side.
Despite Belogorie fans hoped their team will start improving their form and ranking after making a surprising victory over Zenit-Kazan in the last round, they got disappointed again as Kuzbass prevailed in straight sets. It was the third success in a row for the Kemerovo team with which they firmed themselves in the second position and to which they were led in scoring again by Italian Ivan Zaytsev (16 points) and in blocking by Roman Pakshin, 4 blocks.

In the other matches 2 tie-breaks: ASK Nizhniy Novgorod won away a bit by surprise against Nizhnevartovsk, while Orenburg went beyond expectations by snatching 2 sets from Ural Ufa (Muzaj is the top scorer of the day with 33 points). The picture closes with the 3-0 of Lokomotiv Novosibirsk on Dinamo L0, obtained despite the absences of the setters Abaev and Voropaev which led to the debut of the 2001 class Slavi Kostadinov (promoted by team 2 for the occasion). Only one setter on the scoresheet for Dinamo LO too: the new signing Lukyanenko.

๐Ÿ“Œ| 2020/21 Superliga Parimatch regular season โ€“ Round 10:

๐Ÿ—“| November 7
Zenit-Kazan โ€“ Gazprom-Yugra 3-0 (25:18, 25:17, 25:22)

๐Ÿ—“| November 21

Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk – ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 2-3 (20:25, 25:22, 25:20, 23:25, 11:15)
Top Scorers: Papazov 23, Masliev 18, Makarenko 14, Tsepkov 9; Melnikov 17, Titich 15, Fettsov 13, Andreev 9.

Lokomotiv Novosibirsk โ€” Dinamo L0 3-0 (25:21, 25:20, 25:20)
Top Scorers: Savin 15, Luburic 14, Ivovic 13, Kurkaev 6, Lyzik 6; Biryukov 14, Shpilev 7, N. Alekseev 5, Divis 5.

Kuzbass Kemerovo โ€” Belogorie Belgorod 3-0 (25:17, 25:19, 25:23)
Top Scorers: Zaytsev 16, Markin 11, Shcherbakov 10, Krsmanovic 9, Pakshin 7; Nelli 10, Chervyakov 9, Tetyukhin 9, Samoylenko 7, Kuznetsov 6.

Zenit St. Petersburg – Fakel Novy Urengoy 0-3 (20:25, 20:25, 17:25)
Top Scorers: Poletaev 11, Camejo 10, Iakovlev 7, Filippov 5, Kliuka 4; Volkov 18, Zhigalov 14, Bogdan 14, Gutsalyuk 7.

Neftyanik Orenburg โ€” Ural Ufa 2-3 (17:25, 18:25, 29:27, 25:19, 17:19)
Top Scorers: Purin 23, Shemyatihin 12, Ananiev 10, Shchadilov 10, Kozitsin 9; Muzaj 33, Nikitin 14, Perrin 12, Kulikov 7.

๐Ÿ—“| February 21
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk โ€” Dinamo Moscow

๐Ÿ“„| Standings
Zenit Kazan 29
Kuzbass Kemerovo 20
Dinamo Moscow 15
Zenit St. Petersburg 15
Ural Ufa 14
Fakel Novy Urengoy 14
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 13
Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 10
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk 9
Dinamo LO 7
Belogorie Belgorod 6
Neftyanik Orenburg 6
ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 4
Gazprom Surgut 0

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