The Russian team listening to the national anthem before the match
Brno, Czech Republic, June 25, 2017 – Russia
already knew their positions in the final Pool B standings – first and last, respectively – as their FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship started on Sunday evening, but they put on a great effort, which resulted in a 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-22) victory for Anton Semyshev
and his teammates, who finished on top of the pool without dropping a single set along the way.
Semyshev played only in the first two sets of the match, but this was enough for him to top the scorers’ chart with 13 points. Dylan Missry
made 12 points to become the best scorer for the American side.
Semyshev took charge again to lead the Russian squad to another victory. With a great all-round performance in the first set, he scored five times as his team cruised to a 25-20 win. In the next set Semyshev hammered out as many as eight points, but this time the Russians had to climb up a steep slope towards the 25-21 close, as the Americans had an 8-3 advantage at the first time-out. With coach Vladimir Khromenkov
making some changes to Russia’s line-up in the course of the match and with USA’s Dylan Missry on fire, the third set the tightest one. The Americans fought through the end and managed to keep close behind their opponents on the scoreboard, but the Russians were keen on closing this game after the third set and so they did at 25-22.