Maria Popova surprised Dinamo Kazan

In the fifth round of the Russian Superleague the newly promoted team played at home with the two-time national champion, Dinamo Kazan. There was only one favorite of this match, but the team from Krasnoyarsk did not give up so easily and fought hard to the end.

Both teams are far apart in the league table. Dinamo Kazan has won so far all of their games, while the Enisey Krasnoyarsk with no points was at the bottom. Already the beginning of the match showed that the fifth win of the season will not come to the Russian champions so easily. Rishat Gilyazutdinov quite often changed the line-up of their team on the court, but could not sent to play Tatiana Kosheleva, who have been inactive since the previous round due to the injury. In the attack outmatched was Maria Popova who won 32 points for the Krasnoyarsk, which allowed the team to win two sets and gave them their first point in the league table.
Thus, the game of the two so far undefeated teams, Zarechie Odintsovo and Dinamo Krasnodar, ended up with 5 sets. No doubt it can be called the ‘duel of blocks’, as both teams have won a total of 47 points in that game element. After winning the match Ekaterina Pankova  said – The match was hard as the opposing team is very strong. During the game, we had ups and downs. Our effort in defense, teamwork and unity has helped us win today.
Dinamo Moscow also did not have an easy task and needed a tie-break to beat Omichka Omsk. – Teams from Omsk and Moscow have shown excellent volleyball today. There were a lot of strong defence actions and beautiful attacking kicks from two teams. Although mistakes that should not even be have taken place too. – Dinamo coach summed up the meeting.
In other matches, Uralochka Yekaterinburg playing without injured Irina Zaryazhko and Maria Beloborodova defeated Severstal in three sets, Ufa also won 3-0 against Fakel, and the match in Saratov where Proton was better than the Tyumen ended up with a 3-1 result.

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