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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Kazakhstan has a strong tradition of women’s volleyball,
with many Kazakh players playing on the USSR teams
that won Olympic or world titles.After Kazakhstan gained
independence, a newly formed national team began to
represent the country in AVC and FIVB competitions.
In 2005, Kazakhstan qualified for the 2006 World
Championships and won the silver medal at the 13
th
Asian
Women’s Championship. In 2007, the team appeared for
the first time in the FIVB World Grand Prix and finished
10
th
,
beating the Dominican Republic and came close to
doing the same to Russia in an epic five-set match. They
were somewhat unlucky in the Asian Continental final,
losing to Korea, and failed to qualify for the 2007 World
Cup. However, the team took part in the 2008World Grand
Prix, where they claimed the fourth and final place at the
Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan in May 2008,
securing an opportunity to compete in the Beijing Games
with two last-gasp victories. In 2009, after successfully
taking part in qualification tournaments, Kazakhstan won
the right to participate in the 2010 World Championship
but failed to reach the second round. In 2010 Kazakhstan
team won bronze medals at the 16
th
Asian Games in
Guangzhou and one year later took part in the FIVBWorld
Grand Prix for the third time.
The Kazakh team, ranked 30
th
in the world, got their
chance to participate in the 2013 World Grand Prix
COACH
Oleksandr Gutor was born in
Ukraine in 1957 and started his
volleyball career at the age of 11
when he played for Ukraine’s Junior
team. In 1973 he started playing
for the Lokomotiv Club in Kiev. He
also spent seven seasons with the
Ukrainian men’s senior team and was ranked among the
top 25 players in the USSR. He has extensive international
experience coaching volleyball: coached the Ukrainian
Junior National Team for 10 years, led the USSR Junior
National Team for three seasons, took over as coach of the
Ukrainian Women’s National team in 2006, got several
years of coaching volleyball experience in the USA. Gutor
started with the Kazakhstan women’s national team in
2012,
guiding them to bronze at the AVC Cup and giving
them a chance to play in the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix.
KAZAKHSTAN
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
30
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
10
th
2007
15
th
2011
Week 1
E
Week 2
H
Week 3
K
POOLS
having won third place at the Asian Women’s Cup
Volleyball Championship in 2012. Despite some key
changes to their squad from their last World Grand Prix
appearance in 2011, important members such as captain
Korinna Ishimtseva, libero Marina Storozhenko and wing
spiker Irina Shenberger are included.