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EUROVOLLEYM – Russia rounded off their impressive season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Spain to stay top in Pool C

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Kraków, Poland. August 28, 2017. Russia rounded off their impressive season with a comfortable 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23) win over Spain to stay top in Pool C and directly move into the quarterfinals of the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 at Tauron Arena in Krakow. Russia win resembled the match-winning dedication and performance the team has shown throughout the entire tournament with three solid tries being run in and composed to top off the campaign. Number seventeen Maxim Mikhailov was one of the try-scorers as he used his pace and size to get over the opposition’s line and contribute some deserving points (18) to the tally. Dmitriy Volkov also found himself crossing the whitewash with some great spikes (13 points) which set the team into a great sense of confidence for the remainder of the match.

In the quarterfinals, the match will be scheduled to play on August 31 between Poland or Slovenia.

Russian Coach Sergey Shlyapnikov: “The team did what it had to do and won 3:0. I could give a chance to players who didn’t play in the previous matches. I know what they can do, who can play in the next games. We got quite a lot of information and we can take optimal decisions before our next performances in the championship. Egor Kliuka returned to the team and that means he is ready to play again. I don’t know who will be our next opponent – Poland or Slovenia. We have two days for some practice and analytics before the quarterfinal on Thursday. It will be another very important match not only for us but for Poland or Slovenia, too.”

Russian outside Spiker Egor Kliuka: “We tried to forget about last European Championships. Now we are playing in Poland and we have advanced to quarterfinals. It’s the most important. I was injured and I couldn’t play in Wagner Memorial in Krakow two weeks ago, so I don’t know which team is stronger – Poland or Slovenia. For sure, we must present the high level of play. I feel good. Everything goes according to the plan.”

2017 CEV Men’s European Championship.

Kraków, Poland. Pool C.

Russia vs Spain 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23)

Russia: Vlasov 9, Volvich 6, Grankin 1, Volkov 13, Berezhko, Butko, Zhigalov 1, Mikhailov 18, Klyuka 4, Kurkaev 6, Golubev L, Martynyuk L

Spain: Trinidad 3, Noda Blanco 4, Vigil, Almansa 1, V.Fernandez 2, P.Ruiz L, Fornes 6, F.Ruiz 4, Gonzalez 6, Colito 11

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