22. 01. 2020

RUS M: Zenit-Kazan suffer 3rd defeat in league, same as in previous 3 seasons combined

Source: zenit-kazan.com; Photo: Зенит-Казань/Twitter

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Fakel inflicted 3rd defeat to Zenit-Kazan in the 2019/20 Russian Men’s Volleyball Championship regular season.

 

In the big match that closed Round 13 of the 2019/20 Superliga Parimatch, Fakel defeated Zenit-Kazan by a 3-1 (29-27, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21) to tie with the leaders Lokomotiv in the charts at 30 points. For the most-titled Russian team in the post-Soviet era, this was the 3rd defeat of the season in the league, which is the same number of defeats they suffered in the regular season for the previous 3 years combined!

Even a comeback that Zenit-Kazan made in the 2nd set when they trailed by a 4-12 didn’t give their players enough confidence to win the match in Novy Urengoy. Dmitriy Volkov top-scored for Fakel with 23 points, while Hungarian Krisztián Pádár served 5 aces. The Frenchman Earvin Ngapeth tallied 26 points for Zenit-Kazan who came in 6th with 21 points.

The loss against Fakel came only 4 days after the 2nd failure in the 2020 CEV Champions League in 3 matches due to which Zenit-Kazan put the appearance in the quarterfinals in jeopardy. Is this a reason enough for alarm in the team from the Tatarstan region?

2019/20 Superliga Parimatch regular season – Round 13

January 18:

Ural – Enisey 0-3 (21-25, 27-29, 27-29)

Belogorie – ASK 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19)

Dinamo Moscow - Gazprom-Yugra 3-0 (30-28, 25-15, 25-16)

Zenit Saint-Petersburg – Kuzbass 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20)

January 21:

Yugra-Samotlor – Lokomotiv 0-3 (17-25, 19-25, 17-25)

January 22:

Fakel – Zenit-Kazan 3-1 (29-27, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21)

Standings

 

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