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Dinamo Kazan take fifth straight Russian Women's Superleague title

 
Dinamo Kazan won for the fifth straight time
 
Moscow, Russia, May 1, 2015 – Dinamo Kazan redeemed a fairly disappointing European season – the 2014 gold medallists were eliminated in the playoffs of this year’s CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – by taking their fifth consecutive title in the Russian Superleague. 

Dinamo Kazan edged archrivals Dinamo Moscow 3-2 (26-28, 25-16, 25-19, 20-25, 15-6) for a 3-0 sweep in the series. It was Dinamo Moscow’s sixth silver medal in the competition.

The start of the match was extremely close with both teams looking determined to fight through to the end. Dinamo Moscow went ahead at the second technical time-out (16-12) as the players from Tatarstan made some mistakes. Even though Anastasia Markova and Yana Shcherban found it difficult to score, it was Nataliya Obmochaeva who paced Dinamo Moscow to the final 28-26 and 1-0 lead in the match. 

The second set went in a completely different way with Dinamo Kazan exploiting their strong serving to make it 6-2 in their favour. Dinamo Moscow tried to use every chance they were given in order to reduce their deficit but Olga Biryukova and Elena Yureva helped the Tatars maintain their lead. Dinamo Moscow could never really pose a threat to their opponents and Kazan cashed the second set by a landslide 25-16. 

Hosts Dinamo Moscow tried to get back on track in Set 3 with the attacks of Yana Shcherban and blocks on Ekaterina Gamova and Olga Biryukova. The Muscovites made it 10-8 in their favour but suddenly lost their rhythm, allowing Dinamo Kazan to cruise to a 25-19 set win. 

Dinamo Kazan continued to set the pace early in the fourth set (6-2) but the Muscovites reacted and soon flipped the charts around to lead by 10-9. Dinamo Moscow widened their lead to 18-14 with attacks by Anastasia Markova and an ace scored by Anna Lazareva. They eventually held on to take the set 25-20 and send the match to a tiebreaker. 

Both teams looked tired in the final set set where Dinamo Kazan opened the game with blocks on Shcherban and Obmochaeva. Markova tried to help Dinamo Moscow stay in the race but on the other side of the net it was the Italian outside spiker Antonella Del Core who put a lot of pressure on the Muscovites. Dinamo Moscow tried to change the course of the game with some substitutions but their performance was simply disastrous. Dinamo Kazan first blocked Iuliia Morozova and with Shcherban and Obmochaeva spiking out of bounds, the match came to an end at 15-6.

Dinamo Kazan and Dinamo Moscow will both represent Russia in the 2016 edition of the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League. Russia’s third spot in Europe’s elite competition will be taken by the eventual bronze medallists of the Russian Superleague. In the best-of-five series, Zarechie ODINTSOVO and Uralochka-NTMK EKATERINBURG have scored two wins each so far.




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