17 April 2021

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Russia: Kemerovo and Moscow win Final Six Pools! Semis on Friday defined.

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At the closing day of the Final Six of the 2020/21 Russian Superliga Parimatch, the regular-season winners Dinamo Moscow came back from 0-2 to 3-2 against Fakel in Pool A and secured no.1 in the pool for the semifinals. At the same time, the team from the country’s capital prevented rivals from advancing to the next step. To reach the semifinals, Fakel had to win by a 3-0 or 3-1 and that with a substantial point difference.
Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov was once again the most prolific player with 28 points (63% in attack) among the winners, while Ilya Vlasov made 4 blocks.
The Moscow side will play against no.2 from Pool A, which are the reigning champions Lokomotiv, in the semifinal. Today, the Novosibirsk club lost against Kuzbass Kemerovo by a 3-1 in a duel of the two teams that already secured promotion to the top 4.

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| 2020/21 Russian Superliga Parimatch, Preliminary Round playoffsFinal Six in Moscow

| April 5
| POOL A
Zenit Saint Petersburg – Fakel Novy Urengoy 3-1 (20:25, 25:19, 25:23, 25:17)
| POOL B
Zenit Kazan – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 2-3 (25:19, 25:23, 22:25, 27:29, 13:15)
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| April 6
| POOL A
Dinamo Moscow – Zenit Saint Petersburg 3-1 (20:25, 25:21, 25:16, 25:21)
| POOL B
Kuzbass Kemerovo – Zenit Kazan 3-2 (21:25, 25:17, 20:25, 25:18, 15:13)

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| April 7
| POOL A
• Fakel Novy Urengoy – Dinamo Moscow 2-3 (28:26, 27:25, 18:25, 22:25, 15:17)
Fakel: Zhukouski 3, Bogdan 15, Gutsalyuk 4, Zhigalov 18, Volkov 18, Aleksey Safonov 7, Shoji (L); Dikarev 3, Antipkin 0, Iakovlev 0. Not entered: Volodin, Kasatkin (L), Boldyrev, Petrushov. Coach: Nikolaev.
Moscow: Pankov 4, Semyshev 12, Likhosherstov 1, Sokolov 28, Podlesnykh 10, Vlasov 7, Baranov (L); Deroo 12, Sventitskis 0, Belogortchev 5. Not entered: Shchkulyavichus, Siemshchikov, Kabeshov (L), Korotaev. Coach: Brianski.

| POOL B
• Lokomotiv Novosibirsk – Kuzbass Kemerovo 1-3 (19:25, 23:25, 25:22, 26:28)
Novosibirsk: Abaev O, Ivovic 2, Kurkaev 14, Luburic 5, Savin 13, Lyzik 14, Martyniuk (L); Kruglov 8, Rodichev 6, Krivitchenko (L), Tisevich 0. Not entered: Shcherbinin, Tkachev, Komarov. Coach: Konstantinov.
Kemerovo: Kobzar 4, Markin 14, Shcherbakov 2, Zaitsev 11, Sivozhelez 17, Krsmanovic 9, Obmochaev (L); Karpukhov 0, Krechetov O, Glivenko 2, Tavasiev 3. Not entered: Demakov, Shishkin (L), Pakshin. Coach: Verbov.

| Standings
| POOL A: Dinamo Moscow 5, Zenit Saint Petersburg 3, Fakel Novy Urengoy 1.
| POOL B: Kuzbass Kemerovo 6 Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 2, Zenit Kazan 2.

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| April 9
Final 5th-6th place | Fakel Novy Urengoy – Zenit Kazan 1-3 (21:25, 25:23, 15:25, 19:25)

1st Semifinal | Kuzbass Kemerovo (1B) – Zenit Saint Petersburg (2A) 2-3 (24:26, 25:22, 26:24, 22:25, 11:15)
2nd Semifinal | Dinamo Moscow (1A) – Lokomotiv (2B) 3-1 (25:17, 25:13, 16:25, 25:23)
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| April 10
• Final 3rd-4th place | Kuzbass Kemerovo – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 1-3 (26:24, 23:25, 13:25, 21:25)
• Final 1st-2nd place | Zenit Saint Petersburg – Dinamo Moscow 1-3 (21:25, 18:25, 25:23, 24:26)

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