Pool favorites did their job in the opening day of FIVB’s inaugural VNL
Russia has declared its 2018 international season roster, which reportedly includes 40-year old formerly retired hitter Lyubov Sokolova.
The fact that Pankov is Ekaterina Pankova’s dad, a successful national teamer who was forgotten by coaches n 2017, only raises the issue if his statements have any conflict of interest in them.
The Russian national team has a new head coach
Will Russia have a father and daughter command duo at its national team?
The Russian national teamer will return to Zarechine Odintsovo to be coached by her dad, Vadim Pankov.
Italy, Serbia and The Netherlands start out very strong, while “coachless” Russia needed five sets to down underdogs Ukraine.