Yakovlev brings passion to Russia’s fourth win in Brno


Dmitry Yakovlev expressing emotion during the match with Argentina

Brno, Czech Republic, June 27, 2017 – With a very passionate performance by Dmitry Yakovlev, Russia achieved their fourth consecutive victory since the start of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship in Brno. This time, the European giant lost a set against Argentina in the first match of Pool F competition, but persevered to claim a 3-1 (25-23, 25-15, 27-29, 25-19) win.

Russia’s opposite Yakovlev exploded with a 24-point contribution to the victory, while Anton Semyshev added another 22. Jan Martinez Franchi was Argentina’s best scorer with 18 points.

The first set was very competitive all throughout, but with Dmitry Yakovlev and Anton Semyshev spiking away in offence, it was Russia that scored the last point for 25-23. Yakovlev kept playing with a lot of passion in the next set, as Russia established total control on the way to a 25-15 landslide. It was time for Argentina to step up their attacking efforts and set 3 became very tight again. Despite another eight points from the Russian opposite, this time the South Americans came out on top in the extra-time – 29-27. With adrenaline-pumped Yakovlev receiving a red card in the fourth set, this part was all about Semyshev, who hammered out eight points to bring his team to a victorious 25-19 close.


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