Short characterization RUSSIA

 

PLAYERS

STARTING SIX - SUBSTITUTES

RANKING

2000 - 2008

1

SIVOZHELEZ, Evgeny

OG 2000

2

2

POLTAVSKIY, Semen

4

KHTEY, Taras

WCH 2002

2

6

GRANKIN, Sergey

8

BIRYUKOV, Denis

WC 2003

-

10

BEREZHKO, Yury

11

MAKAROV, Sergey

OG 2004

3

13

MUSERSKIY, Dmitriy

14

ASTASHENKOV, Anton

WCH 2006

7

15

WOLKOV, Alexander

16

VERBOV, Alexey (L)

WC 2007

2

17

MIKHAYLOV, Maxim

18

SHCHERBININ, Dmitry

OG 2008

3

19

KOMAROV, Valery (L)

 

  General remarks about the team and about the playing-style

·         Average Length 200.

·         High attacks.

·         Tall quick attackers.

·         Effective Playing structures.

·         Best attacking team of the tournament.

·         Nr 17 MIKHAYLOV Best spiker of the tournament.

·         As a team disappointing block performance (ranked 8th).

·         2 players (13 and 17) with top 4 servers of tournament.

 

Serve

 

Serve reception

·         Reception is secure.

·         Three players in reception formation for Jumpservice.

·         Two players in reception formation for float (Nr 10 Berezhko and libero Verbov).

·         Using overhead reception against deep floats.

·         Deep angles in knee and hip to pass the ball as near to the floor as possible

·         In case of jump serve: often impulse control or punch technique is used. The position is low and the arms move down, sometimes to the floor, when the ball is played.

·         High passing to setter on jump serve.

·         Opposite player (no 17 MIKHAYLOV) is supporting reception on jumps when possible (rotation pos.1, 5 ,4).

 

Set/Attack - Complex I and Complex II

·         Jumping setting techniques: with takeoff both feet. Running sets without jumping but hop during set. Easy adapting to reception.

·         Shoulders not totally square angle to the net. Using trunk rotation to give set more speed.

·         Easy and quick steps from starting position to target.

·         Quick and precise sets from nearly all the positions in the court.

·         Effective variation of setting: tempo and positions.

·         Libero is taking over second ball, giving “no risk” sets.

·         Quick sets to position 4 and 2, specially when playing longline.

·         Playing very quick in Complex II. 

 

Block and Defense

·         Depending on the actual situation block coverage (without covering the tip, netplayer not included into the block, combination of backcourt players on position 1 and 5).

·         Middle blockers using arm movement (hands outside shoulder) to close the outside block.