27 January 2023

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Russia: After 18 wins, Zenit St. Petersburg suffer their first defeat of season! Zenit Kazan new leader!

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All eight matches of Round 19 of the 2022/23 PARI Superliga (2022–23 PARI Суперлига мужчины) took place today.

Dinamo Moscow inflicted the first defeat on Zenit Saint-Petersburg in the ongoing season!
The biggest match of the round was in Saint-Petersburg, where the home team, and also the current leaders of the competition, hosted the reigning champions Dinamo Moscow, now at third place in the standings.
And, Zenit surrendered at tie break (20:25, 19:25, 25:21, 25:22, 13:15) after 18 wins and not a single defeat.
The intensity of the match was felt from the starting rallies, and it’s no wonder that it ended at tie-break. After the first two sets, it seemed that the team from the Russian capital was marching toward collecting all three points, but Zenit came back, bringing maximum uncertainty to the duel.
Dinamo were led by Bulgarian Tsvetan Sokolov, who scored a match-high 26 points, while setter Pavel Pankov had five blocks and Finn Lauri Kerminen had 82% reception (17 digs, 29% excellent). American Matthew Anderson scored 23 points for Zenit, and as many as four among his teammates had four blocks: Dmitriy Kovalev, Ivan Yakovlev, Maksim Kosmin, and Egor Kliuka.
As a team, they recorded 19 points from this element.

About the others, tie break win also for Nova Novokuybyshevsk, who stun Dynamo-LO (20:25, 25:16, 26:28, 25:21, 14:16), recording another upset today.
Kuzbass Kemerovo beat Yenisei Krasnoyarsk by 3-1 (23:25, 25:18, 25:18, 25:18), just like ASK Nizhny Novgorod,
over Gazprom-Yugra Surgut (17:25, 25:21, 25:15, 25:18).
Three points also for Ural Ufa, who won in straight sets on the field of Yugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk (15:25, 14:25, 22:25), for Fakel Novy Urengoy (0-3 15:25, 20:25, 22:25 on the field of Stroitel Minsk, and Belogorie Belgorod who destroy Neftyanik Orenburg (25:20, 25:18, 25:19) in straight sets too.
Straight sets win also for Zenit Kazan who, taking advantage from Zenit Saint Petersburg, down Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 3-0 (25:21, 25:17, 26:24) and fly to the top of the standings, 1 point ahead from the rivals.

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🇷🇺| 2022/23 PARI Суперлига мужчины | Round 19

👉🏼 Sunday | January 22, 2023
• Kuzbass Kemerovo – Yenisei Krasnoyarsk 3-1 (23:25, 25:18, 25:18, 25:18)
• Yugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk – Ural Ufa 0-3 (15:25, 14:25, 22:25)
• Dynamo-LO – Nova Novokuybyshevsk 2-3 (20:25, 25:16, 26:28, 25:21, 14:16)
• Stroitel Minsk – Fakel Novy Urengoy 0-3 (15:25, 20:25, 22:25)
• Zenit Kazan – Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 3-0 (25:21, 25:17, 26:24)
• ASK Nizhny Novgorod – Gazprom-Yugra Surgut 3-1 (17:25, 25:21, 25:15, 25:18)
• Zenit Saint Petersburg – Dynamo Moscow 2-3 (20:25, 19:25, 25:21, 25:22, 13:15)
• Belogorie Belgorod – Neftyanik Orenburg 3-0 (25:20, 25:18, 25:19)

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🏐| STANDINGS (updated on this day)
1. Zenit Kazan 55
2. Zenit St. Petersburg 54
3. Dynamo Moscow 49
4. Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 37
5. Belogorie Belgorod 35
6. Dynamo-LO 35
7. Kuzbass Kemerovo 34
8. Ural Ufa 32
9. Fakel Novy Urengoy 30
10. Gazprom-Yugra Surgut 20
11. Yenisei Krasnoyarsk 18
12. ASK Nizhny Novgorod 17
13. Yugra-Samotlor Nizhnevartovsk 13
14. Neftyanik Orenburg 9
15. Nova Novokuybyshevsk 8
16. Stroitel Minsk 7

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