#Russia: ЧЕМПИОН РОССИИ – Kuzbass Kemerovo breaks down Zenit’s 5-year domination to win a historical title!
Yes, it’s true! Kuzbass Kemerovo defeated Zenit Kazan in Game 4 of the Russian Championship playoff finals and won the series by a 3-1 to become the titleholders for the first time in their history!
The second seed Kuzbass Kemerovo defeated the leaders of Zenit Kazan at home in Game 4 of the 2018/19 Superliga finals by a great 3-1 (21:25, 25:19, 25:22, 25:23) to win the national title which is the biggest success in the club history.
Before this moment, the highest achievement of the Kemerovo team was a fourth place in the 2017/18 Superliga. But this year, the team lead by the Finnish head coach Tuomas Sammelvuo ended five-year domination of Zenit Kazan in Russia. For the first time since the 2014/15 season, the regular season winner did not take the title.
In this Game 4, Viktor Poletaev, inspired in the final series against his former team, had a good performance scoring 28 points, including 3 aces, while Maksim Mikhaylov scored 19 points for Zenit.
A curiosity: Kuzbass became the eighth team to claim the title in Russia in 28 editions of the championship, while Zenit remained the record holders with 10 titles.
Kuzbass Kemerovo (2) – Zenit Kazan (1) 3-1 (21:25, 25:19, 25:22, 25:23) Serie: 3-1
Kuzbass Kemerovo: Kobzar 4, Podlesnykh 10, Tavasiev 8, Poletaev 28, Karpukhov 8, Pashytskyy 10, Kerminen (L); Nikitin 1. N.E.: Krechetov, Demakov, Vasiliev, Moiseev (L), Dmitriev, Shcherbakov. Coach: Sammelvuo.
Zenit Kazan: Butko 1, Anderson 14, Likhosherstov 13, Mikhaylov 19, E. Ngapeth 13, Volvich 7, Verbov (L); Surmachevskiy 1, L. Alekno 0, Krotkov (L), Samoylenko 0, Spiridonov 3, N. Alekseev 0. N.E.: Kononov. Coach: Alekno
Summary of Russian Finals:
GAME 1 Zenit Kazan – Kuzbass Kemerovo 0-3 (25:27, 21:25, 22:25)
GAME 2 Zenit Kazan – Kuzbass Kemerovo 1-3 (23:25, 25:19, 23:25, 22:25)
GAME 3 Kuzbass Kemerovo – Zenit Kazan 0-3 (20:25, 21:25, 19:25)