In the fifth match of the preliminary stage in the West Group, the Minskers defeated Dynamo Moscow at home: the silver winner of the Russian Championships — 3:2 (25:18, 25:17, 22:25, 21:25, 15:11). Beforehand, Belarus’ champion, which is debuting this season in one of Europe’s strongest volleyball leagues, also beat St. Petersburg’s Avtomobilist at home — 3:0. To date, Milan Zharkovich’s trainees have lost to Kharkiv Lokomotiv — 1:3, Dynamo Krasnodar — 0:3 and Iskra Odintsovo — 0:3.
After five stages, Minsk’s Stroitel boasts five points and occupies sixth place within the West Group. Iskra leads, boasting 13 points, while Belgorod Belogorie has one point less; those from Kharkiv and Krasnodar have nine points each.