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The new Russian generation is ready to show its power in Montreux

The Russian Volleyball Federation has recently published a list with 13 players who will be participating in the Montreux Volley Masters 2014. Their Head Coach, Yuri Marichev, will bring along in Montreux four players who just won the CEV European Women's Challenge Cup as well as nine players to whom a first opportunity is offered with the national team.

It is worth noting that a lot of young players are on this list such as Elena Novik, Irina Fetisova and Anastasia Bavykina. And surprisingly several famous players, such as Tatiana Kosheleva, Natalia Obmochaeva, Yulia Morozova, Evgeniya Startseva and Svetlana Kryuchkova are not selected so far, but they will join the training session in mid-June to prepare for the Boris Yeltsin Cup on July 9-13 and the FIVB World Grand Prix in August.

For these occasions the Russian team consists of 13 players in which most of them are from the Super League. That means we will see many new faces on each position. Zarechie Odintsovo occupy the majority. The team has eight Generation-Y players. Setter Ekaterina Kosianenko (Pankova) has had a stable performance in the regular season, however, her team Zarechie Odintsovo was ranked on the sixth place of 2013/2014 Russian Championship. The second setter, Elena Novik, is a player of the Russian Youth National Team. Elena participated at the U20 FIVB World Championships 2013, in which her team was ranked sixth at the end of the tournament. On the middle blocker position, the coach invited three players. Irina Fetisova which was a big surprise in this season. Her performance in Zarechie Odintsovo was just incredible. Earlier this year, Irina helped Zarechie Odintsovo to win the CEV European Challenge Cup Champions title by her excellent winning blocks.  Note that Irina was awarded as the Best Middle Blocker at the U20 FIVB World Championships. The other two players are the major middle blocker in the national team - Irina Zaryazhko and Anastasia Shlyakhovaya. With her height of 1.96m, Zaryazhko has an absolute advantage on the net. Besides score players like Natalia Malykh, the coach has selected a few newcomers this time. The most remarkable one, Nelli Alisheva, is even taller than Ekaterina Gamova: 206 cm! Nelli is probably the tallest woman volleyball player in Russia and even in the world. The libero, Anna Malova, has many years of competition experience, which can definitely help the team with her stable reception.

With being the top ranked team in the several past world major tournaments (2006 and 2010 World Championship Gold medal, 2013 Universiade Gold medal and 2013 European Championship Gold medal), the goal of the Russian team is very clear: win the gold medal of FIVB World Championship in Italy this year. The Russian national team has started its preparations at Novogorsk Training Centre in Moscow on May 14. to prepare for the Montreux Volley Masters.

Roster of Team Russia

Setter: Ekaterina Kosianenko (Zarechie Odintsovo), Elena Novik (Proton)

Middle Blocker: Irina Zaryazhko (Uralochka-NTMK), Irina Fetisova (Zarechie Odintsovo), Anastasia Shlyakhovaya (Omichka Omsk)

Attacker: Anastasia Bavykina (Zarechie Odintsovo), Yulia Kutyukova (Omichka Omsk), Yana Shcherban (Dinamo Krasnodar), Anastasia Markova (Dinamo Moscow), Natalia Malykh (Zarechie Odinzovo), Nelli Alisheva (Proton)

Libero: Ekaterina Chernova (Uralochka-NTMK), Anna Malova (Dinamo Moscow)


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