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Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 10:10pm

I'm wonderling about Russian defence system,
When Goncharova and Frolova are in back row, Goncharova is on position 6 and Frolova is on position 1.

If my memory serves me correctly, Goncharova always stay position 1 in Moscow.
Yes I noticed this as well (and Kosheleva will be in position 6) in the past.. maybe they changed the rotation? And Goncharova hits MUCH better through 1 than 6 due to her goofy approach.


Well it might be because Russia's block is quite strong and tall, so zone 6 is covered by it.. Of course strong attackers can hit high hands and the ball can rebounce there, but the chances of getting blocked are much higher.. And in zone 1 there are tips, roll shots which Goncharova will pick up much harder

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Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 5:18pm

Russia will lead Ushakov on the European Championship as a coach. Kuzyutkin is no longer with the team, his new role should be a consultant.

The Russian Volleyball Association admitted that it had made a mistake with Kuzyutkin.

This has not been posted anywhere, I learned it from my source.

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Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 6:18pm

Russia will lead Ushakov on the European Championship as a coach. Kuzyutkin is no longer with the team, his new role should be a consultant.

The Russian Volleyball Association admitted that it had made a mistake with Kuzyutkin.

This has not been posted anywhere, I learned it from my source.


I called it right away that he was not the right coach for them. He`s old and super old school besides of being delusional by thinking Frolova should be a starting player. But I guess Russia is somehow stuck with her for the ECH because Kuzyutkin wasted the GP and WCC with her instead of using Voronkova and Parubets.

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Wednesday, September 20th 2017, 6:55pm

Russia will lead Ushakov on the European Championship as a coach. Kuzyutkin is no longer with the team, his new role should be a consultant.

The Russian Volleyball Association admitted that it had made a mistake with Kuzyutkin.

This has not been posted anywhere, I learned it from my source.


This hasn't been posted anywhere apart from four major Rus sports sites, about five hours prior to your post. :)
They're trying to wrap this up nicely, as if they originally planned to do this rotation but I agree with the opinion that they're disappointed with Kuzyutkin (alternatively, something funny could have happened at the Cup, behind the scenes). Ushakov is mystery at the moment: three or even two years go he was a poor coach of an excellent roster at Krasnodar, however he's still a young coach so things could have improved since then. The biggest puzzle is that they didn't appoint Pankov instead, who's essentially got all what's needed for coaching. I may assume that this is linked to some kind of politics but his daughter seems to be in the roster, so shouldn't be a problem.

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Thursday, September 21st 2017, 11:08am

Ushakov is clearly better than Kuzyutkin. Pankov would have been even the better move but ok.
The idea of using Frolova was not that bad. She is the best receiving OH and the best choice if Russia only receives with 2 players. As long as Kosheleva plays OH and Shcherban not in top form, Frolova seems to be the best option...

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Friday, September 22nd 2017, 12:52pm

Isn't it a bit too risky to change coach so close to ECH?

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Friday, September 22nd 2017, 4:20pm

Isn't it a bit too risky to change coach so close to ECH?
And he is a bad coach so i don't expect much from him

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Friday, September 22nd 2017, 8:49pm

Isn't it a bit too risky to change coach so close to ECH?


... but nevertheless keep the old (sacked?) coach with the team, sitting on the bench with an angry face?

I don't think "risky" is the right word for that as I sense things are a bit complex over there. I agree that Ushakov hasn't proved he could manage a decent level team as he was, frankly speaking, pretty poor with Krasnodar. He definitely has lots of friends in the Federation... or possibly they're considering more distant goals. It is also unclear how good physically the team is. In the first game, the reception was way better than it usually is but the attack was at times very erratic and teh setting wasn't very stable too.

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