1 March 2021

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Russia: Dinamo Moscow stronger than defending champions 3rd time this season! Win also for Kazan

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For the third time this season, Dinamo Moscow defeated the titleholders of the Russian Volleyball Championship Lokomotiv Novosibirsk.
In a delayed match of Round 17 of Superliga Parimatch regular season, on the road, Dinamo Moscow prevailed at tie break: 3-2 (16:25, 25:22, 25:23, 20:25, 15:11). The Novosibirsk side lost even though the amazing performance of Serbian Dražen Luburić, author of 32 points, including 4 aces. Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov top-scored Dinamo Moscow with 26 points.
The team from the Russian capital is again in the lead of the competition and remains the main favorite to take first place in the standings, which would give them the right to host the Final Six (which is to replace the playoffs).

On the other match played today, just like two days ago, Zenit-Kazan defeated Dinamo-LO in straight sets. Today’s match was played ahead as it was valid for Round 24. Winning the 4th match in a row, Zenit-Kazan returned to fight for the top 2 spots in the standings that secure a direct advancement to the Final Six.

| Results of February 17
| Recovery match of Round 17
• Lokomotiv Novosibirsk – Dinamo Moscow 2:3 (25:16, 22:25, 23:25, 25:20, 11:15)
Top Scorers: Luburic 32, Ivovic 12, Kurkaev 7, Rodichev 6, Abaev 5, Lyzik 4; Sokolov 26, Deroo 16, Podlesnykh 13, Vlasov 8, Likhosherstov 8.

| Advance of Round 24
• Zenit Kazan – Dinamo LO 3:0 (25:18, 25:17, 25:14)
Top Scorers: Ngapeth 9, Volvich 7, Mikhaylov 7, Bednorz 6, Zemchenok 6; Alekseev 7, Melnikov 6, Biryukov 6.

| Standings (updated on February 17, 2021)
Dinamo Moscow 51
Kuzbass Kemerovo 48
Zenit Kazan 48
Zenit Saint Petersburg 45
Fakel Novy Urengoy 43
Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 38
Ural Ufa 34
ASK Nizhniy Novgorod 27
Yugra Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 29
Yenisey Krasnoyarsk 24
Gazprom Surgut 20
Dinamo LO 19
Belogorie Belgorod 17
Neftyanik Orenburg 13

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