Russia and USA will fight for the fifth place
Russia claimed 3:1 victory over Bulgaria while USA destroyed Germany in three sets. It will be the fifth battle between Russia and USA this year. Russia won 3 of 4 previous games.
Russia – Bulgaria 3:1 (25:20, 26:24, 20:25, 25:23)
The Russians played with more determination which was the key for their victory. Russian team had a 10-6 advantage in aces and also edged Bulgaria in blocks 8-6. The towering Dmitriy Muserskiy finished with 19 points for Russia including six aces and three blocks
“It was a very difficult match especially the mental part with two teams coming from tough losses. The key was the mental strength and Russia was better handling the situations,” said Vladimir Nikolov, Captain of Bulgaria after the match
Daniele Bagnoli, Coach of Russia: “I agree with Nikolov that this one was a very difficult match for both teams. I think the determination was the key. The match was very close and in the second set we won with the serves of Muserskiy. In the fourth, Sivozhelez came from the bench and changed our game for good. I am happy with the result and I hope we can play a little bit better in tomorrow’s match.”
USA – Germany 3:0 (25:22, 25:20, 25:23)
“It was an important match for us and a good experience for our young setter Winder playing against an experienced team and that goes also for our outside hitter Paul Lotman. We still need to improve in a lot parts of our game but the blocking made up for our shortcomings,” said Alan Knipe, Coach of USA.
The Americans literally blocked the way for their opponents with an impressive 15-6 advantage in points won at the net. The winners also dominated 4-0 in serves.