Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 – Pavel Tetyukhin’s 21 points helped Russia deal Japan its first loss 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 30-28) in the first semifinal match of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Saturday.Quick links - Volleyball:
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Tetyukhin drilled 17 attacks and deflected four attacks by Japan, while Kento Miyaura made 18 points for Japan. The Russians showed their strength and led Japan in attacks 54-41, in blocks 11-7 and in aces 4-2; but they also played the Asian-style of defence on the Japanese as they overshadowed them in digs 33-23 and in reception 40-24.
Tetyukhin had a scoring spree that led Russia to grab a 2-0 set lead. Russia did not have any trouble closing the first set at 25-17, but their rivals showed some resistance in the second set that resulted to a tight 25-23 score. In the third set, Japan refused to go down without a fight and challenged Russia down to the wire, but the European squad still prevailed as their net defence sealed the straight-set win.