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17th Edition
31 July - 23 August 2009

 RUS / Russia - Team Composition

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  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Maria Borisenko Borodakova 8/03/1986 190 80 301 297 Dinamo-Kazan
  2   Anna Makarova Makarova 2/04/1984 194 86 306 302 Dinamo-Krasnodar
  3 Maria Zhadan Zhadan 6/02/1983 178 70 283 280 Zarechie-Odintsovo
  4   Elena Murtazaeva Konstantinova 25/08/1981 190 73 309 304 Dinamo-Krasnodar
  5 Alexandra Pasynkova Pasynkova 14/04/1987 190 75 313 305 Dinamo Krasnodar
  6   Ksenia Naumova Naumova 1/02/1990 190 73 305 300 Zarechie-Odintsovo
  7 Natalya Safronova Safronova 6/02/1979 190 77 312 305 Dinamo
  8   Iuliia Merkulova Merkulova 17/02/1984 202 75 317 308 Dinamo Krasnodar
  9 Olga Fateeva Fateeva 4/05/1984 190 72 310 303 Atom
  10   Iuliia Morozova Morozova 8/01/1985 192 79 305 301 Dinamo Moscow
  11 Ekaterina Gamova Gamova-Mukasey 17/10/1980 202 80 321 310 Dinamo-Kazan
  C 12   Marina Babeshina Babeshina 26/06/1985 181 62 291 289 Uralochka-NTMK
  13 Evgeniya Startseva Startseva 12/02/1989 185 68 294 290 Dinamo-Kazan
  L 14   Ekaterina Ulanova Ulanova 5/08/1986 172 61 298 290 Dinamo-Kazan
  15 Tatyana Kosheleva Kosheleva 23/12/1988 191 67 315 305 Galatasaray
  16   Olga Sazhina Sazhina 19/02/1986 188 71 297 292 Dinamo-Yantar
  17 Yana Shcherban Shcherban 6/09/1989 185 71 298 294 Dinamo Moscow
  18   Ekaterina Starodubova Starodubova 19/10/1984 176 65 301 292 Universitet-Belogorie
  19 Victoria Rusakova Rusakova 23/10/1988 188 72 310 305 Uralochka-NTMK
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Russian National Team played as the USSR from 1949-1991, before becoming the CIS Team in 1991-1993.

It played its first official match in Prague at the European Championships on September 11, 1949 against Poland and won 3-0 (15-13, 15-4, 15-3).

Over the years, the team has won Olympic gold four times, the World Championship six times, the World Cup once, the Grand Prix three times, and the World Champion Cup and European Championship 17 times. No other team has had such impressive results.

Star players who have graced the team’s roster include Alexandra Chudina, Militia Eremeeva, Liudmila Buldacova, Inna Ryskal, Rosa Salikhova, Nina Smoleeva, Valentina Ogienko and many others.

Of course, in addition to the incredible gold-medal haul, Russia has also brought home many silver and bronze medals.

The team finished second at the 2004 Olympics, which turned out to be a milestone event for the team, as many changes to the lineup soon followed. Veterans Evgenia Artamonova, Elizaveta Tischenko and Elena Tiurina all left the squad. But owing to a strong pool of talent and excellent managerial organization, the new team won bronze at the European Championship following the Athen’s Olympics.

2006 was one of the most successful for Russia in recent years. The team won silver at the World Grand Prix before going on to win the World Championship in Japan.

The team at that time consisted of a great mix of experienced and young players. Veteran spikers included Gamova, Sokolova and Godina, while young setters included Akulova Marina and Sheshenina Marina. The team also boasted the tallest middle blocker in the world: Merkulova Yulia.

The year 2007 wasn’t as successful for Russia as the team succumbed to the injury bug. As a result, Russia finished in fourth place at the FIV World Grand Prix and third at the European Championship.

In 2008, the team started its season with victory at the European Olympic qualification tournament in Halle, Germany, but faltered at the Beijing Olympics, finishing tied for 5th.

Owing to the poor showing at the last Olympics, a number of changes have been made to the team to accommodate younger players. Many of the team’s leaders have either taken a break from the national team or finished playing altogether.

In addition, the skillful tactician Vladimir Kuzyutkin has been appointed new coach to take the team through the next Olympic cycle.

The team is currently preparing for the 2009 Grand Prix and the 2009 European Championship. 

Coach profile

Vladimir Ivanovich Kuzyutkin was born in 1947. He has had a long career coaching both men's and women's teams, twice winning the Turkish Championship (women) with Emlakbank (1990-1991) and Ekzatchibashi (1994-1995). In the 2006-2008 season, Kuzyutkin worked with Universitet-Belogorie.


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