Russia wins World League for third time, Italy claims first medal since 2004
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Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013. Olympic champions Russia became the third country after Brazil and Italy to win three or more World League titles after an impressive 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, and 25-19) win over nine-time winners Brazil in the 2013 FIVB Volleyball World League final on Sunday.
World No. 2 Russia defeated world No. 1 Brazil in a repeat of the 2012 Olympic Games final to claim their third World League crown and second in three years. Russia, who had previously won the World League title in 2002 and 2011, becomes the second country to win the World League title immediately after becoming Olympic champions after Brazil did so in 1993 and 2005. It’s Russia’s 14th World League medal – three gold, five silver, six bronze – while Brazil remain the most successful country having nine titles, four silver and four bronze medals to their name. Alexey Spiridonov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of the 2013 World League Finals. “I can’t explain this feeling, this is the second time I won a World League, and it is a win not only for my team, but also for my country”.
Italy earlier beat Bulgaria 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-20, 21-25, and 15-7) in the bronze medal match for their first World League podium finish since 2004 to add to their collection of eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Bulgaria finished fourth, their best World League result, for the fifth time. The youngest player in the Italian side at 22, Luca Vettori was the star, equaling the World League Finals match-high of 29 points as he made his full 2013 World League Finals starting debut in place for team captain Cristian Savani.
It is the fourth time that Russia, Brazil and Italy have finished on the World League podium after 1993, 2000 and 2001) but never in this order.
The top three scorers during the Intercontinental Round finished the Finals similarly although in a different order. Tsvetan Sokolov topped scored in the Finals with 76 points after finishing the Intercontinental Round with 209 points, second behind Ivan Zaytsev (215). Zaytsev was the second best scorer in the Finals with 68 points with Nikolay Pavlov on 65 (201 in the Intercontinental Round).
2013 World League Dream Team
1st Best Outside Hitter: Ivan Zaytsev (Italy)
2nd Best Outside Hitter: Ricardo Lucarelli (Brazil)
1st Best Middle Blocker: Dmitriy Muserskiy (Russia)
2nd Best Middle Blocker: Emanuele Birarelli (Italy)
Best Libero: Mario da Silva Pedreira (Brazil)
Best Setter: Bruno Rezende (Brazil)
Best Opposite Spiker: Tsvetan Sokolov (Bulgaria)
Most Valuable Player: Nikolay Pavlov (Russia)
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