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14/12/2017 18:36
Russia thrash Estonia on opening day of EEVZA U16 Women’s Championship
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Moscow, Russia, December 14, 2017. Russia started their home campaign at the 2017 EEVZA U16 Women’s Volleyball Championship with a comprehensive 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-17) victory over Estonia.

Russia put much pressure on Estonia right from the beginning of the match (5-3) and set the pace of the game from start to end of the opening set (8-4, 16-8, 25-16) with Tatiana Kadochkina and Vita Akimova scoring many times with their impressive spikes. The only blackout for Russia came when Maren Mõrd served several aces in a row – and the Russian coach had to ask for a break to stop that. Elizaveta Gosheva contributed to a 7-1 Russian lead in the second set with her powerful serve and Russia were just in control (11-2, 16-3) for the remainder of the set, as their middle blockers Elizaveta Kochurina and Elizaveta Apalikova stopped practically all Estonian attacks (25-10). The Estonian team started to play more consistently in the third set and even went ahead 6-4 with the help of Mõrd. Russia’s coach Svetlana Safronova asked for a time-out but Estonia were still 8-5 up at the first technical. After the break, Russia levelled the score 9-9 and later established a 5-point margin at 16-11. Laura Kaur and Katriin Põld helped Estonia level the count at 16-all. Svetlana Safronova called a time-out. It was a very useful move as Russia resumed their march and Akimova sealed their 3-0 victory (25-17).

Peeter Vahtra, head coach of Estonia: “We had to face a very strong competitor today. We were afraid of them; today we served very well but we did not take much advantage of that.”

Laura Laas, captain of Estonia: “It was a very good game. We have many emotions to take from today’s match. We showed what we could.”

Svetlana Safronova, head coach of Russia: “Our team was very nervous today. We made many stupid mistakes. We can play better.”

Vita Akimova, player of Russia: “At the beginning, we were focussed on the game but in the third set we lost concentration and allowed our competitors to score more points.”

Ekaterina Gamova, former Volleyball player now working with the Russian team: “I think that this tournament is very useful for young players, especially at their age. They have a good playing practice here. I am happy that the Russian team could win today and I will follow this tournament very closely.”

In the other match contested on Thursday at Luch sports complex, Belarus came back from a rough start to beat Latvia 3-1 (20-25, 25-12, 25-14, 25-8).

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