Kazan prolong Russian volleyball reign

Zenit players celebrating their victory in the third match of the final series of the men's Volleyball Super League held between VC Zenit Kazan and Dynamo Moscow. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pesnya)
Zenit Kazan thrashed Dynamo Moscow 3-0 in the final series to claim their fourth Russian volleyball championship title in a row.

­The fate of the best-of-five tie was decided in the third game in Russian capital, with Zenit never allowing the hosts to grab a single set, 0-3 (21-25, 17-25, 22-25).

Russian international Maksim Mikhailov was top scorer for the winners on the night, with the opposite hitter collecting 21 points.

“When a team wins once, one may say it was luck,” Vladimir Alekno, Zenit’s coach, told the R-Sport news agency. “But when they win four times in a row, then we can safely call them the strongest in the country and worthy of success.”

“The final series are never easy. But I felt in my guts we were eager to win. Yesterday in training they began playing like it was the final, so I had to stop them. The greater desire to win, that’s what allowed us to win another championship. Today I didn’t see that Dynamo were prepared for a long struggle,” he added.

It was Kazan’s fifth overall and fourth straight Russian title, which they add to the CEV Champions League trophy, they also snatched this season.

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