Dinamo KAZAN present their head coach with perfect birthday present
2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women
Kazan, Russia, October 31, 2013. In their first home game for the prelims of the 2014 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League Dinamo KAZAN edged Poland’s vice-champions Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA 3:1 (29-27, 22-25, 25-15, and 25-13). Ekaterina Gamova registered a match-high 25 points as she and her teammates made a perfect birthday present to their head coach Rishat Gilyazutdinov.
Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA trailed 9:14 in the first set, but via the excellent play of their captain Elzbieta Skowronska, the team managed to tie the score. The ending of the set was long and jittery. Ekaterina Gamova, as she usually does, sealed the fate of the set (29-27).
The Polish team felt that they could have a chance against the heavy favorite of this game and showed an incredible defense in the second set. With great work of Welissa De Souza Gonzaga and Katarzyna Zaroslinska Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA succeeded in getting a comfortable lead (17:10) and finished the set at 25-22.
In the third set Dinamo KAZAN finally found their best play and minimized their errors. After a large number of good topspins by Jordan Larson-Burbach, Dinamo KAZAN went up 14:7 and then the difference in score continued to increase (25-15) before the players from Tatarstan dominated the scene also in the fourth set (25-13) to give their many fans something to cheer about.
“Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA was an underdog for us. Until this day, the Polish team had played with another starting six, and seeing some of the players on the court was surprising. That was the reason for the first hard sets. Then we tactically readjusted and achieved the victory” said the head coach of Dinamo KAZAN Rishat Gilyazutdinov after the game.
“Dinamo KAZAN is the obvious favorite in our group. And, in general, I am satisfied with our game against Russia’s champions. The first two sets we played very well, then we became nervous and started making mistakes. No big deal at all, we are going to take the second place in the group and make the Playoffs” said a confident head coach of Tauron MKS DABROWA GORNICZA, Waldemar Kawka.
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