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Fantastic team work and energy decided which team would win this year's edition of the Russian Cup held at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg. In a stare down between four of the top clubs in the country, Zenit Kazan outmuscled their opponents to claim victory with coach Aleksey Verbov's players highly motivated throughout the event. The Kazan team went on to defeat Dynamo Moscow 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-23) in the final, without dropping a single set.

"The atmosphere that reigns in our team can be seen by the naked eye. It means a lot to me, much more than any titles", said Verbov after the win. "We are spending this season under the auspices of renewal. And we’ve updated quite well!"

Among the players, Dmitry Volkov was in inspirational form. And so too was the older Alexander Volkov, who said he shared Dmitry's enthusiasm on court. Maxim Mikhaylov gave 100 per cent in a display of consistency at the highest level. After receiving another MVP award, he said: “The MVP is not just you, it is for the whole the team. Always. And in this particular case, perhaps the team is twice as important.”

The Ice Palace in St. Petersburg will host the opening match of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Russia 2022 on August 26 with VFR set to take on Tunisia.