Omichka signs couple of superstars for CL debut
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Omsk, Russia, July 22, 2013. The CEV Volleyball Champions League – Women will stop for the first time in Siberia as Omichka OMSK REGION got the right to participate in the 2014 edition of Europe’s elite Volleyball competition. Omichka was drawn in Pool A together with last year’s silver medalists Rabita BAKU of Azerbaijan, Germany’s DRESDNER SC and another rookie, France’s BEZIERS Volley. Omichka OMSK REGION will debut in Baku, a city where the “cats” as they are nicknamed in Russia have played four times in the past three seasons.
Omichka OMSK REGION achieved the greatest results in their history this past year as they made it to the semis of the CEV Volleyball Cup and claimed bronze in the Russian Superleague thereby getting the right to participate in the CEV Volleyball Champions League. Some players who did chiefly contribute to these outstanding results – Natalya Mammadova, Victoria Kuzyakina, Alena Yurieva, Olga Fateeva and Ekaterina Orlova – have decided to stay in Omsk also for the coming season while five have moved away from the club. However, Omichka strengthened the group by signing setter Marina Babeshina (Sheshenina), a 2006 world champion with the Russian national team, and Cuban star Nancy Carrillo.
“We are happy with the outcome of the DOL” says Organizing Director Yaroslav Vorozhko. “The CEV Volleyball Champions League is Europe’s elite Volleyball competition and you can’t expect to get any weak teams even in the prelims. Of course Rabita is the pre-favorite of the group as they have very experienced players and a very solid roster. However, I think that Rabita’s presence in the group will make the competition even more interesting. We will prepare very carefully and do our best to advance to the Playoffs”.
On Sunday Omichka had a training session that was open to the press and the fans that had the opportunity to meet with their heroines and exchange views before the start of the coming season. “I followed the DOL live and I can say that I am very happy with the teams we were drawn with” says team captain Alena Yurieva. “Rabita is a strong and worldwide known club and I am sure that our games with the team from Azerbaijan will be a real delight for our fans. I have seen the games that DRESDNER SC played with Dinamo KAZAN in the previous edition. This is a strong team and we’ll need to play our best to have the upper hand against the German team. However, I am quite confident that we can make it through the prelims”. Nancy Carrillo – who holds numerous individual awards and medals from her career with Cuba’s national team – is the last valuable addition to the roster of Omichka. “I came to Omsk for this is a great opportunity for me to play the CEV Volleyball Champions League and get to stand the best Volleyball players in the world. This competition is like the World Cup or the World Grand Prix for the national teams”.
Omichka will have a busy season: next to the CEV Volleyball Champions League the club is set to participate also in the Russian Superleague, Russian Cup and in the Cup of Siberia and Far East. The first training session with the complete roster is scheduled for one week before the start of the national league as Natalya Mammadova, Anastasia Shlyakhovaya and head coach Zoran Terzic will be competing at the CEV Volleyball European Championship in Germany and Switzerland with their respective national teams.