Krasnoyarsk, Russia, January 25, 2017. Yenisei KRASNOYARSK beat Marina KAŠTELA from Croatia in their first ever European match in the 2017 CEV Volleyball Challenge Cup – Women. It took only 65 minutes for the Russian team to take the match 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-13) and a comfortable lead into the away match.
It does not happen very often that you have a Volleyball match where all three sets have a similar script, but this was the case in Dom Sporta im. M. Dvorkina in Krasnoyarsk tonight. In each case Yenisei KRASNOYARSK made an early spurt, the Croatian team tried to catch up, but had no success and lost in the end.
Due to their dominance, the home team’s head coach, Alexander Koshkin, was able to make substitutions allowing all of his players to try themselves in their first international tournament. Established team leaders like Anastasiya Harelik and Mariia Frolova, started the first set but finished the match on the bench letting some of the team’s younger players fight the travelling team.
After beating PSVBG SALZBURG of Austria in the previous round, Marina KAŠTELA was supposed to be a persistent competitor, but the absence of some of their leading players did not give the Croatian team any real chance. In spite of the fact that it was the first ever international match for Yenisei KRASNOYARSK, they looked strong and concentrated, and after the first set, it became obvious for many spectators which team was going to win. The next match of the round will be played in Croatia on February 8.
Alexander Koshkin, coach of Yenisei KRASNOYARSK said: “Today I gave a chance to all the girls who don't have enough game time during the Russian Championship. The lack of practice explains the failures during the sets but I am satisfied with the work of my team, they all did a good job. We did not have much information about the Croatian team, and we only watched two games. It is pleasant to win, but the competition system says winning the first match is not a round win. If we lose in Croatia, we will play a golden set, and we all understand it won’t be that easy in Kaštela.”
Milorad Krunić, coach of Marina KAŠTELA said: “We expected probably a little better game, a little higher level. Now we are missing three main players, so it is an expected result for us. Some players are injured, and so not all could come to Krasnoyarsk. We hope they will be ready for the home match and we can show a better performance and result at home.”
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