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01/04/2017 10:04
Top favourites take centre stage at Russian Snow Volleyball championship
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Sochi, Russia, March 31, 2017. The first edition of the Russian Snow Volleyball Championship continued on Friday at Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort with matches for the men’s and women’s Main Draw on schedule as the tournament is taking place at one of the iconic venues used for the skiing events of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. By the end of the day, the names of half of the semi-finalists became known with the competition set to reach its climax on Saturday, April 1 with the semis and all medal matches.

As many as 16 men’s and women’s teams entered the competition on Friday, including a number of high-profile Beach Volleyball players. These include Alexandra Moiseeva and Ekaterina Syrtseva, with Moiseeva being – inter alia – a 2006 European Beach Volleyball champion with former partner Natalya Uryadova. Moiseeva and Syrtseva swept three matches in a row without dropping a single set, thus progressing straight to the semis.

Ulyana Kapteva/Evgenia Ulianina from Kazan also secured a ticket to the semis and they did so quite unexpectedly as they emulated Moiseeva/Syrtseva by achieving three consecutive 2-0 wins, including one over third-seeded Ekaterina Makroguzova and Elizaveta Terentyeva from Krasnodar.

The remaining semi-finalists will result from the matches between Narmaniya/Golovan vs. Spineva/Klimanskaya and Makroguzova/Terentyeva vs. Zakharova/Konovalova.

“We want to take a historic gold medal here in Sochi,” Alexandra Moiseeva said. “Snow Volleyball is a new sport. It is great that another discipline has joined the Volleyball family and this way we will be able to perform also during the winter season. Snow Volleyball has its own features, primarily the surface you play on, so there are still quite some differences from Beach Volleyball. It is truly symbolic that the first edition of the Russian championship takes place at our Olympic capital, Sochi. I hope that Snow Volleyball will grow and develop at a very fast pace in Russia and we will achieve this goal by hosting both national and international competitions.”



The main favourites of the men’s competition, first-seeded Yury Bogatov and Ruslan Dayanov, easily made it through to the semis. Bogatov and Dayanov won two international Snow Volleyball tournaments earlier this year in Iran and Turkey and now in the semis will play a strong opponent from Rostov-on-Don, Maxim Zhirkov/Ostap Firsov.

Petr Korolev and Anton Ermishenkov from the Moscow Region also progressed to the semis. Korolev and his young partner had some difficulties but won three matches in a row to secure their spot among the top four of the competition. Their next opponent will emerge from the match featuring Mustayev/Dorofeev from Ufa and Uzhegov/Sychev from Rostov-on-Don. Korolev and Ermishenkov already played and beat the pair from Ufa in the second round of the competition in Sochi at the end of a close and dramatic match.


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