"Gazprom-Ugra": Ozhiganov - Alekseev, Makarenko - Krasikov, Piun - Kurbatov, Nagaets/Dyakov
"Torch": Grankin – Enns, Sivozhelez - Dineikin, Kovalchuk - Melnikov, Chanchikov
Lack of reception, picked up by "Gazprom-Ugra" tour earlier in Nizhny Novgorod, in the first two sets of the match against Fakel went into an acute phase and threatened with resuscitation. In the debut of the match, the balance was kept up to the mark 7:7 then attacks Krasikova, but the video review gave the ball to the guests, since Dimitri touched the grid. And off we go: Sivozhelez's short serve took the receivers by surprise, then Melnikov got two aces with a glider, 7:12. Botin replaces Krasikov, but stability, to put it mildly, did not add: time after time, the hosts hospitably gave guests break opportunities, which they were happy to implement. Two mistakes of Novy Urengoy players in the attack changed nothing – 11:19 after hitting Enns out of bounds. Alekseev put a cover on Sivozhelez, Makarenko got another break with a blow from the block, but the sluggish trend in the end went out, when Kurbatov could not beat Grankin on a passing ball, 13:20 and the natural grand total after hitting Enns from the block.
Shakhbanmirzaev replaced Alekseev in the second game, and Kirillov made his debut as a player (binder and diagonal he was already). Starting gap "Torch" (2:7) tried to knock down Piun, closing in turn Sivozhelez and Enns (5:7), but the partners did not support: for a short period fell out and poor-quality reception, and marriage in transmission, and Rajab's inability to tackle episodes in a forceful manner. Krasikov went diagonally and immediately Grankin scored an ace into an empty zone, 6:13. Then it got really sad.: everything, what I could squeeze out of Ozhiganov’s downed reception is “parachutes” to the edges of the net, where neither Krasikov could cope with the triple block, nor Kirillov. Babkevich, who came out as part of a double substitution, scored the last two goals, sending the Surgut people into a deep knockdown.
In the third installment, the starting lineup of Gazprom-Ugra returned to the site and some sports anger. Piun closes Kovalchuk and finishes off the passing ball after a powerful serve from Alekseev, and Krasikov blocks Enns, 6:2. Roman Yakovlev is forced to take an early time-out, but the hosts continue to fight in defense and bite the balls on the net. Dyakov drags Dineikin's shot, and Makarenko in a hopeless attack from the spot finds the fingers of the blockers, 11:6. Babkevich's two mistakes in a row give the Surgut team the maximum advantage, after which the "Torch" begins to gradually eat up the backlog. The owners have the same problems: unstable reception, not creative Ozhiganov, no "hot" hand on the grid.
For some time, the people of Surgut were saved by feats and miracles: Kurbatov barely reaches the ball with his fingertips and he lands exactly behind the block, Krasikov fixes a bad reception with a great attack on a rescue ball, 17:13. But here Alekseev hits out and once again gives way to Radjab, and another ace of Dineikin brings the guests closer, 17:16. Catching up with the "Torch" at the mark 19:19, when Gazprom-Ugra once again got stuck in the line-up with the release of the setter from the first zone. Babkevich could not throw Rajab's arms, 21:19, discount diagonal Surgut created a good springboard for the final spurt, 23:21, but ... he didn’t file right away and made a mistake twice in the attack, bringing the first match-ball to Fakel, 23:24.
Finish swing flashed, where some had a chance to return to the game, and for others to complete it, without creating unnecessary problems. Captain Dmitry Makarenko dragged Gazprom-Ugra on his shoulders, who became that very "hot hand" - five effective attacks on his account. Piun's great pass ball serve turned match balls into set balls (26:25). "Torch" was filmed through Babkevich and Dineikin. The hosts had the best opportunity to finish the set on the fifth attempt (30:29), when the next attack of Stanislav, the Surgut people softened the block, but Rajab fell under the block. In the next draw, the diagonal helped a lot in defense, but failed to do the job, now the match-balls went to Fakel. Now Gazprom-Ugra has played five match-balls, but with the sixth did not cope, Dineikin put the point, son of the best pupil of Rafael Khabibullin, 35:37.
"Gazprom-Ugra" fought as best he could:
Head coach of VK "Fakel" (New Urengoy) Roman Yakovlev: In the first two batches, the installation was excellent., did that, what should have been done, did it right and right. The result is on the scoreboard, when the command executes, what did the coaching staff offer her, and if the coaching staff suggested everything correctly, then it turns out, what we saw. In the third game, they gave themselves a hassle, holiday for the fans. Was seen, that they began to play much dirtier, due to their mistakes, they themselves dragged the Surgut team back into the game and almost paid for it. If the party had developed unsuccessfully for us, hard to think, How would the game unfold?. Luckily we were able to come back and win.. After two easy games, this failure was expected., people are not robots, still relax, but we have no right to allow ourselves to relax so much.
Captain VK Fakel (New Urengoy) Sergey Grankin: Our game, our glasses, we arrived, they were taken away and we will calmly go home preparing for the next game. There will be no special comments on the game., we were just stronger and that's it. In the third game, they allowed the opponent to play, fought, rather, with yourself.
Senior coach of VC "Gazprom-Ugra" (Surgut) Alexander Gorbatkov: Opponent played well today, served well, and we could not knock them out of the reception, as planned. We are trying to stabilize our game now, in the third game decided to go to the end, whatever it is. And we got it. If they started playing like this from the first game… We have a small psychological barrier, we don't believe, that we can beat an opponent with a higher rank. There is such a complex. Our task is to catch the opponent at every game, play to win, сегодня этополучилось только в третьей партии.
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