Aleksei Kononov leads Russia to U21 World Championship bronze


Alexei Kononov and Dmitry Yakovlev celebrate

Brno, Czech Republic, July 2, 2017 – The world champions from the previous three editions of FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship had to settle for bronze at the 2017 tournament in the Czech Republic. Led by middle blocker Alexei Kononov, Russia cruised to a comfortable 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) victory over Brazil in Sunday’s third place match in Brno to secure their spot on the podium.

Kononov was the best scorer of the game with 13 points, including six kill blocks. Felipe Moreira Roque topped Brazil’s scorers with 10 points.

With great work from setter Konstantin Abaev, Russia’s spikers were unstoppable in the first set to lead the team to a 25-16 win. In the second set the Brazilians improved their offence, but Kononov’s blocks were on the way. The South Americans also committed far too many mistakes that cost them dearly – another 25-16 in favour of Russia. The defending champs’ good blocking effort from the second set continued into the third and the European team was cruising comfortably towards the bronze. Aleksandr Melnikov’s kill block put the ball on the floor to end the match at 25-19.


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