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Lodz, Poland, December 13, 2017 – Zenit Kazan practically booked their ticket to the final round of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship in Krakow. After their 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-21) win against China’s Shanghai Golden Age, the chances that the Russian powerhouse does not take one of the top two spots in Pool B are only theoretical.

Maxim Mikhaylov was the best scorer of the match. He contributed 14 points to Zenit’s victory, including three of the team’s 13 kill blocks. Matthew Anderson added another ten points to the winning squad’s tally, while none of Shanghai’s players reached the double digits.

Zenit had not played against Shanghai before, but their Club World Championship win-loss record against Asian teams now stands at 5-0.

Vladimir Alekno, coach of Zenit Kazan: “I am mad, because Shanghai played with different players from the ones they usually use. We could test almost every player today, so it is also a good thing. I am happy with the result.

Julien Lyneel, player of Shanghai Golden Age: “Playing against Zenit could not be easy. We did not play well. There was no chance to show some good volleyball. For sure we need to achieve our level now and keep focused on a victory tomorrow.

Facundo Conte, player of Shanghai Golden Age: “The most important thing for us was the experience we could gain playing against such a great team. I think it was OK, because my Chinese teammates had an opportunity to play against the best.”

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