Antonov delivers 22 to help Russia win 3-1 against Korea


Riffa, Bahrain, August 22, 2017 - Russia registered a 3-1 win against Korea (25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 25-20) in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boy’s U19 World Championship at Isa City Sports Hall on Tuesday. The European bronze medallists completed Pool C of competition with three wins and one loss.

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Stanislav Antonov took charge of main scoring duties for the Russian side, posting 22 points, while Artem Melnikov added another 14 points. Doghyeok Im continued to be Korea’s leading scorer with 21 points in the match.

Russia showed their power by capitalsing on a tall frontline, as Korea played with quicker offence. It was clear how the European side adjusted to their opponents’ style of play: to be quick and persistent enough with the blocks. Russia dominated on net defence with 16 block points, with Melnikov taking credit for 10 successful deflections. The Russian team also knew how their opponents could play good defence, so they added more pressure from the service line. Russia scored off a total of seven service aces in match, besting Korea’s three points from serves.


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