FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 RUS / Russia

Team manager Artamonov Igor
Coach Voronkov Andrey
Assistant coach Busato Sergio
2nd assistant coach Bulychev Yury
Doctor Smakotnin Yaroslav
Physiotherapist Grevtsov Pavel
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  C 2 Sergey Makarov Makarov 28.03.1980 196 97 337 329 Kuzbass
  3   Nikolay Apalikov Apalikov 26.08.1982 203 103 353 344 ZENIT Kazan
  5 Sergey Grankin Grankin 21.01.1985 195 96 351 320 Berlin
  6   Evgeny Sivozhelez Sivozhelez 06.08.1986 196 90 330 320 Zenit
  7 Nikolay Pavlov Pavlov 22.05.1982 196 93 342 321 Gubernia
  9   Alexey Spiridonov Spiridonov 26.06.1988 196 96 347 328 Enisey
  10 Ilia Zhilin Zhilin 10.05.1985 196 80 340 320 LOKOMOTIV NOVOSIBIRSK
  11   Andrey Ashchev Ashchev 10.05.1983 202 105 350 338 Zenit Kazan
  13 Dmitriy Muserskiy Muserskiy 29.10.1988 218 104 375 347 Santory
  14   Artem Volvich Volvich 22.01.1990 208 96 350 330 Zenit Kazan
  15 Dmitriy Ilinykh Ilinykh 31.01.1987 201 92 338 330 Dinamo
  17   Maxim Mikhaylov Mikhaylov 19.03.1988 202 103 345 330 Zenit Kazan
  L 18 Valentin Golubev Golubev 03.05.1992 190 70 310 305 Zenit Kazan
  L 20   Artem Ermakov Ermakov 16.03.1982 188 80 323 313 Dinamo
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Even after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia never lost their dominance in volleyball. In the ‘90s, Russia were consistent podium finishers – third place in 1996 and 1997, and second place in 1998 at the World League, first place at the World Cup and a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The Russian team won the World League title once again and grabbed silver at the World Championship in 2002. The Russians brought further Olympic glory as they seized the bronze medals in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

In 2011, Russia won the World League in Poland and the World Cup in Japan.Their sweetest victory and their biggest upset to date would probably be the gold medal match against Brazil at the Olympics where they fought back from two sets down to win in five. With Vladimir Alekno’s departure, the future of the team became uncertain. But this only lasted briefly, as Andrey Voronkov was appointed to replace Alekno as coach of the men’s national team.

Voronkov put in place his system that has helped point his players in the right direction. The results were title wins in World League and the European Championship. The towering Dmitriy Muserskiy led the pack in capturing individual honours at the World League and European Championship.

Coach profile

Andrey Voronkov was born in 1957 in Slavsk, Russia. Voronkov had big shoes to fill after succeeding Vladimir Alekno, who led Russia to win gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. But he has picked up where Alekno left off on the team’s winning run – accomplishing his initial task of bagging the World League and European Championship titles this year.

He now conducts the national team programme in conjunction with his work with his club Lokomotiv Novosibirsk.

He has also won two Russian Cups and guided Lokomotiv to win a gold medal at the CEV Champions League.