Ekaterinburg ready to host FIVB World Grand Prix
Ekaterinburg, Russia, August 7, 2013 – The Russian city of Ekaterinburg is gearing up to host Pool J matches of the Preliminary Round of the FIVB World Grand Prix this weekend when Cuba, Italy, Russia and Thailand will be competing for a ticket to the FIVB Grand Prix Finals that will take place in Sapporo, Japan from August 28 to September 1.
This season will see the Russian national team without players like Ekaterina Gamova, the best spiker in the history of Russian volleyball or Middle Blockers Yulia Morozova and Maria Perepelkina. Following the 2012 Olympic Games, Evgeniya Estes and Lubov Sokolova are not in this year’s FIVB World Grand Prix line-up. However, Marichev has pulled together many successful new players for this year’s team including Natalia Obmochaeva and Tatiana Kosheleva. Alexandra Pasynkova was invited to Russian team after a five year break.
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