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EUROVOLLEYM – Russia outfit swept aside Slovenia 3-0 in the re-match to seal their place in the semifinals

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Kraków, Poland. August 31, 2017. Russia outfit swept aside Slovenia 3-0 in the re-match to seal their place in the semifinals of the LOTTO EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017 at Tauron Arena in Krakow. Russian Maxim Mikhailov was the hero of the day, as with his side trailing and time running out, he chipped the ball over Slovenia’s defence, gathered the ball and then went over the line to level the scores. Although having already secured a spot for the semifinals, Russia will want to add one more victory before heading into the business-end of this year’s competition, they will be itching to get on the field and secure their spot in this year’s EuroVolleyM semi finals with the match with Belgium come Saturday night; although it will be no easy task. Russia will be looking to prove that history doesn’t repeat itself and grab their spot in a final between Serbia or Germany depending on that match’s outcome.

In the semifinals, the match will be scheduled to play with Belgium on September 2 at 20:30 local time.

Sergey Shlyapnikov, Russia coach: “We played very well today, it was a very important match, thanks to which we qualified for the semi-final, and we are happy about it. From one side a day off let us rest, but it’s easy to lose a match rhythm. Team work was a key to success.”

Maxim Mikhailov, Russia: “The game in the group was more balanced, we won in the final moments. The Slovenian team stayed in yesterday’s match against Poland. They didn’t show their biggest strengths, how they can play Volleyball. For us today it was easier to play this team than it was in the group stage of the tournament.”

2017 CEV Men’s European Championship.

Kraków, Poland. Quarterfinals.

Russia vs Slovenia 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)

Russia: Vlasov 6, Volvich 8, Grankin 1, Volkov 12, Berezhko 10, Feoktistov, Zhigalov, Mikhailov 13, Golubev L, Martynyuk L

Slovenia: T.Stern 3, Pajenk 5, Z.Stern, Kozamernik 3, Sket 8, Vincic, Koncilja, Kovacic L, Ropret, Urnaut 12

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