Volleyball players of Russian national team start in a qualifying tournament for the 2018 world Cup

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. Volleyball players of Russian national team on Wednesday start playing in qualifying for the 2018 world Cup tournament, which will be held in Croatia.

The rivals Vladimir Kuzyutkin in European qualifying group And the second stage of the continental qualifying cycle of world championship-2018 will be teams from Austria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary and Croatia. The matches will be held from 31 may to 4 June in Osijek.

The first tournament after returning Kuzyutkin

The Kuzyutkin in February 2017 succeeded Yuri Maricheva at the post of the head coach of female Russian national team. Highly experienced specialist, in 2010, led the national team to victory at the world Cup, aims to shake up the team, which at the 2016 Olympics failed to meet expectations, and to prepare a full team of 14-15 interchangeable players.

Under the leadership of the new-old head coach of the national team of Russia has already held two friendly matches ahead of the qualifying tournament for the 2018 world Cup. Team Kuzyutkin first team beat Turkey 3:0 and then lost to her with the same result. However, the first real test of the strength of the updated national team of Russia will take place at the tournament in Croatia.

To solve the problem of entering the world Cup Kuzyutkin called as the perennial leaders of the team and several newcomers. In Osijek profit of 15 players from which the final application have not got a diagonal Anna Lazareva.

The final application of the Russian team at the tournament looks as follows:

binding: Vera Vetrova Ekaterina Pankova;

doigralsya: Ksenia Parubets, Julia Kuchukova, Maria Frolova, Tatiana Kosheleva, Irina Voronkova;

diagonal: Natalia Goncharova;

middle blocker: Ekaterina Efimova, Irina Koroleva (Saryarka), Irina Fetisova, Ekaterina Polyakova;

Libero Ekaterina Tretyakova, Alla Galkina.

The result will depend on the Russians

Russian volleyball players are the undisputed favourites in their qualifying group and will surely be able to qualify for the next world Cup from the first place, as it did on may 28, the men’s team. With all due respect, the teams of Austria, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, and Croatia not yet reach the elite of world volleyball. According to binder Kazan «Dynamo» Irina Filshtinsky, despite the status of the group’s leaders, the Russian volleyball players should not relax in any match.

«The success and result of the qualifying tournament will depend on the game of our team. Although Russia is the favorite in the group with tough opponents assume command of Croatia. In General, you can not relax with one team. Will need to keep your level of play in every match to get to the world Cup,» said Filshtinsky the Agency «R-Sport».

Only the winner of the group according to the results odnorangovogo tournament in Croatia qualifies for the world Cup. The team that took second place in six European qualifying group in August to play two more trips to the world Cup-2018. The first match in Osijek, the Russians will hold on may 31 against the national team of Austria.

The world volleyball championship to be held in Japan from 30 September to 21 October 2018.