“I Did Not Have Enough Help From The Coach In The Games” – Russia’s Irina Koroleva After Her Team’s Worst Ever WCH Finish
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Russia’s recent 8th place finish at the FIVB WCH was beyond disappointing
The Russians finished 8th at the 2018 Women’s Volleyball World Championships, which is the worst finish in the country’s history.
2nd-ranked United States squeaked by 16th-ranked Thailand, which was down a starter and lost its top scorer amidst the 4th set, in 5 to remain undefeated in Pool C play Wednesday.
With Tuesday victories, 5th-ranked Russia and 2nd-ranked USA qualified for second round action at the 2018 FIVB World Championship. 16th-ranked Thailand also notched a win, overcoming a key injury to get past Trinadad and Tobago in 4 sets.
So much for the media’s scrutiny regarding the possibility of Ekaterina Pankova being favored in Russia’s national team now that her dad, Vadim Pankov, is the coach.
If Russia is to have any semblance of a chance to perform well at this year’s WCH, it will need Natalya Goncharova to play lights out
With her absence, the Russian squad, who is used on relying on Kosheleva for most of its offensive power, is virtually eliminated from podium contention at next month’s WCH.
Day 2 of Volleyball Nations League action brought redemption for many sides, but also saw World #2 United States edged by a young Turkish squad. To see the agony and ecstasy of each match, we’ve included a short recap of the action and also quotes from the involved parties.
The Russian team continued its struggles
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