Polish star Maciej Muzaj fired 31 points towards Ural Ufa’s four-set victory in a Russian Superliga match on Saturday, showing excellent form just a couple of weeks after recovering from a coronavirus infection.
After skipping two of Ural’s Superliga games and the best part of a third, the Polish opposite has been back on court full time for the last two of his team’s matches. On both occasions, he was the top scorer of the match, bringing Ural back on the winning track after a four-game losing streak.
On Saturday, Muzaj delivered three kill blocks, one ace and a 71% success rate in attack to lead Ural to a 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21) home win over Dinamo-LO Leningrad Oblast, which improved the Ufa squad’s win-loss record to 3-4 and placed them eighth in the current standings.
Ural won their opening game of the Superliga season, but then registered four defeats in a row before Muzaj’s full-fledged return. The 2.08m-tall Polish international, who was the Superliga’s best scorer of the 2019-2020 season has now scored a total of 90 points since the start of the new season, which constitutes the league’s highest average of 6.43 points per set played.
With undefeated Zenit Kazan (7-0) and Dinamo Moscow (5-0) leading the current standings, the two giants will face each other in Kazan next, when Superliga action resumes on November 11.
Before that, next on Russian men’s volleyball’s agenda is the second stage of the Russia Cup from November 6 through 11, set to produce the last four of the competition.
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