Betim, Brazil, October 22, 2016 - On a stormy day at Betim, Russia’s Zenit Kazan provided the thunders as their massive serves were their weapon of choice to defeat Trentino 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-18) and advance once again to the final match of FIVB Men’s Club World Championship.
Though Kazan led on direct service points by 5-1, the damage created to Trentino was much higher as the bombs conditioned them on reception and attack. Besides, Matt Anderson had an amazing 15-point match and Maxim Mikhaylov added 13 as they paired as top scorers of the match. In Trentino, Tine Urnaut led the charge with 12 points.
Mikhaylov, Wilfredo León and Alexander Butko started unleashing their serves from the first moments of the game, creating a 17-15 that widened when Trentino gave under that pressure. The final point of the opening set was indeed a service point from Cuban wing spiker León.
Trentino tried to hold on to the game with their blocking-defence strategy and they were close on the second set, but failed to seize a comeback towards a 22-point tie and, with the 2-0 lead, Kazan regained their best form. Adding powerful attacks to stay in control, Butko forced his service once again and helped for the final point of the semifinal.
FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Betim 2016 - Teams