28-year old Russian libero Anna Malova, twice a European Champion in 2013 and 2015, has given birth to her first child. She named her daughter, born April 4th, “Faith.”
The new mother Malova will miss the 2018 Nation’s League and World Championships while with her new baby. She wasn’t included in the initial 31-player roster Russia released for this summer’s international championships.
Malova was named the Best Libero at the 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix and the 2015 European Championship for the Russian National Team. She’s also won 2 Russian Championships playing with her current club, Dinamo Moscow. The team placed 2nd in the league behind Dinamo Kazan this year in her absence.
Her last big Russian outing was at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, where Russia was eliminated in the quarterfinals. There, she received at a 48.39% success rate, which was 2nd-best rate among all qualifying players in the tournament, and also averaged a tournament-high 3.32 digs/set.