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Kuznetcov, Antonov bring Russia to victory against France in tie-break

 
Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 - Russia booked their berth in the semifinals of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship by overcoming France in five sets (25-27, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 16-14) on Friday at Isa CIty Sports Hall.

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Ivan Kuznetcov and Stanislav Antonov hauled in 21 points, and connecting in crucial plays to bring Russia to an epic win in the decider. Celestin Cardin led France in scoring with 18 points.

The Russian offence utilised their wing spikers Kuznetcov and Antonov, unleashing sharp, strong attacks against their opponents. Soon enough, France figured out a way to play against Russia’s firepower from the flanks. The French side adjusted their block and prepared well for the second line of defence. Russia persisted in their orchestration at the wings and found better coordination in transition and counter-attack. In the fifth set, it was mainly Russia’s net defence that spelled the difference. The Russian team connected with a total of 20 points from blocks.

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