FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Russia’s big unit is set for next round

Russia's Pavel Pankov shows his serving skills

Tijuana, Mexico, July 1, 2013 – Russia’s Alexander Karikov used the last game of the preliminary round to prepare his team for an encounter against United States in the round of sixteen to be played on Wednesday.

Karikov gave playing opportunities and did some testing with game situations en route to a straight-set victory over Finland.

Victor Poletaev, captain of Russia: “It was our last game and all the players felt free. We practiced every volleyball situation and the second group of players had the opportunity to see action.”

Sakari Makinen, captain of Finland: “Russia is a very good team and we knew it was going to be a very difficult match for us. The good thing is that we competed until the end and didn’t give up.”

Alexander Karikov, coach of Russia: “Today I gave a chance to players from the bench. It was a day to practice many situations and I changed players and gave everybody the opportunity to play. Tomorrow we go to Mexicali to play United States and hopefully come back to Tijuana.”

Pertti Honkanen, coach of Finland: “It was a good match for us and we improved. Russia is a very good team and we are at a lower level. I am satisfied with some skills, like the attack. We still made many mistakes but we improved.”

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