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Maxim Mikhaylov earns MVP of FIVB Men’s World Cup

 
World Cup MVP Maxim Mikhaylov
 Tokyo, Japan, December 4, 2011 – Maxim Mikhaylov of Russia was presented with the Most Valuable Player award of the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup that concluded on Sunday in Tokyo after the 12 teams completed an 11-match round-robin schedule over 15 days.

Mikhaylov helped propel Russia to a 10-1 record and the World Cup gold medal following Sunday’s five-set victory over silver medalist Poland. He ranked third in scoring during the tournament with 185 points (150 spikes, 20 blocks, 15 aces). Mikhaylov positioned himself third in Best Spiker with a 52.08 attack percent by converting 150 of 288 attacks into Russian points. His service game netted 15 aces for a 0.39 average per set.

Mikhaylov turned in a stellar 28-point performance versus Cuba on November 29, but his consistency in all categories solidified his MVP selection. Defensively, Mikhaylov added 0.53 blocks per set (13th in Best Blocker) and 0.97 digs per set (18th in Best Digger).

The FIVB Men’s World Cup awarded its top three teams with spots in the 2012 Olympic Games alongside hosts Great Britain. Russia (gold), Poland (silver) and Brazil (bronze) nabbed the three tickets to London, while the rest of the 12-team field and other countries will now wait until May 2012 to qualify for the Olympic Games through continental and world qualification tournaments.

During the FIVB Men’s World Cup awards ceremony, seven other honors were presented to players based on statistical performances during the tournament. Cuba’s Fernando Hernandez Ramos earned Best Scorer, Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay received the Best Spiker award, Poland’s Marcin Mozdzonek was honored with Best Blocker, Italy’s Cristian Savani garnered Best Server, Argentina’s Luciano De Cecco was tabbed Best Setter, Brazil’s Sergio Dutra Santos earned Best Receiver and China’s Qi Ren was presented Best Libero. All told, the eight individual honorees hail from eight different countries.


Hernandez scored 225 points and had seven matches with at least 20 points. He averaged 5.11 points per set with a high of 27 points versus China in a five-set victory. In the tournament opener, Hernandez scored 21 points in a three-set loss to Poland for seven points a set.

Abdelhay was a leading offensive weapon throughout the tournament for Egypt as he converted 160 attacks into points for a 52.46 success percentage. He produced the tournament’s top individual scoring performance with 30 points against Japan on November 27.

Mozdzonek averaged 0.84 blocks per set as Poland finished with the silver medal and 2012 Olympic Games qualification. In 11 matches, he was credited with 38 blocks on 178 total attempts. He totaled seven blocks in a four-set win over Japan on Nov. 25, as well as five blocks against Russia on December 4 that turned into the gold-medal match.

Savani collected the Best Server award with a 0.44 average over the course of the tournament. He connected for 19 aces on 122 total serves in 43 sets in helping Italy place fourth in the World Cup.

De Cecco averaged 9.86 running sets during the 11-match tournament with just five faults. He led the Best Setter category by a wide margin – 1.50 running sets average over second-place Runming Li.

Santos held a 56.80 efficiency percent in reception for the 11-match tournament. He totaled 125 excellent passes on 206 attempts with only eight faults.

Ren averaged 5.13 excellent receptions and digs per set on 450 attempts. He totaled 83 excellent digs on 234 attempts for a 2.13 dig average, while also adding 117 excellent service receptions on 216 attempts.

FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup 2011 Japan Individual Honors
MVP: Maxim Mikhaylov (Russia)
Best Scorer: Fernando Hernandez Ramos (Cuba)
Best Spiker: Ahmed Abdelhay (Egypt)
Best Blocker: Marcin Mozdzonek (Poland)
Best Server: Cristian Savani (Italy)
Best Setter: Luciano De Cecco (Argentina)
Best Receiver: Sergio Dutra Santos (Brazil)
Best Libero: Qi Ren (China)

Final FIVB Men’s World Cup Ranking
Gold: Russia (2012 Olympic Games qualification)
Silver: Poland (2012 Olympic Games qualification)
Bronze: Brazil (2012 Olympic Games qualification)
4. Italy
5. Cuba
6. USA
7. Argentina
8. Serbia
9. Iran
10. Japan
11. China
12. Egypt


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