Dinamo KAZAN back on track after home win to celebrate coach's birthday
2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League - Women
Kazan, Russia, October 31, 2012. Dinamo KAZAN had a confident win against Italian rookie Robur Tiboni URBINO by cruising to a 3:0 (25-19, 25-13, and 25-14) thereby getting back on track after last week’s shocking defeat to SCHWERINER SC in Germany. That was also a perfect birthday present for Dinamo’s head coach Rishat Gilyazutdinov (pictured) who today turned 40. Dinamo is currently ranked second in Pool E with 4 points while the Italians round out the charts with zero points after two rounds.
Dinamo immediately imposed its quality with Ekaterina Gamova, Evgeniya Startseva and Lesya Evdokimova (Makhno) going up 11:5 but the Italians responded well eventually moving up at 11:12 before a series of good serves by Gamova paved the way for the 20:12 that virtually ended the set in favor of the home side (25-19).
Dinamo totally dominated the scene in set 2 doing so in all fundamentals with Robur Tiboni finding no mean to stand the Russian blocks and the superb attacks by Gamova (25-13).
Libero Ekaterina Ulanova (Kabeshova) stood out in defense for Dinamo in set 3 and she chiefly contributed to an 8:3 lead by the first technical time-out. Gamova and Jordan Larson were simply unstoppable in attack moving up the score to 20:10 and eventually wrapping it up at 25-14 for the first Champions League win of the season.
“I am very grateful to my players for such a birthday gift” said the head coach of Dinamo KAZAN Rishat Gilyazutdinov. “Today they showed high quality Volleyball and claimed a clear-cut victory”.
“We tried hard, but Dinamo has a very good roster that includes very strong players. I played against them many times as a member of the national team” said the libero of Robur Tiboni URBINO Stacy Sykora. “While the season is still not going well for us, I always say that no matter how you start, a good finish is important”.
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