Hamamatsu, Japan, May 18, 2012 - Russia began their defence of the FIVB Volleyball World League crown on the right foot as they sealed a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 15-9) win over Serbia as Pool A began in Hamamatsu, Japan on Friday. Russia, who return to the venue where they won the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup last year, scored just two points more on the day than Serbia, with the total tally at 104-102.