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Yeltsin Cup 2013: Russia leading after group stage, Poland beat Italy

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source: volleyballnews.ru; Photo: napolimagazine.com.cn

Group stage was finished at Yeltsin Cup 2013 with Poland beating Italy and Russia defeating Cuba.



Italy lost to Poland


Poland – Italy 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23)

The blue was defeated by Poland 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23) in the second match of the Yeltsin Cup tournament going on in Russia.

The most famous name in this team from the Apennines, Carolina Costagrande still spends the tournament on the bench. On the eve of her departure to Yekaterinburg she was conducted routine dental treatment, orthopedic, which caused complications. Therefore, the load for Carolina was strictly dosed.

Among girls by Paolo Tofoli, best scorer was Indre Sorokaite with 17 points. Also noteworthy was the debut of the blue setter Martina Balboni.

Italy ended playing group matches and today will face Russia in friendly, while Poland will be played with Dominican Republic. Cuba goes on Japan.

Russia – Cuba 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-23)

The game between Russia and Cuba was very tense, too. In the first set it was a fight on equal terms until the the score 23-23. Then Alexandra Pasynkova that replaced in the starting line-up Xenia Bondar performed two aces in a row, completing the set in the favor of Russians.

In the second set it was more easy for the Russians. Irina Zaryazhko, which eventually became the most productive in the Russian team in this game was very active not only on the block, but also in the attack.

But in the third set, the hosts were nervous, catching up the score almost the whole time. First Cuban quickly took the lead 6-2, but Obmochaeva applied three consecutive aces.

Still at the first technical Cuban again were a little ahead, 8-7. Russian girls sometimes were not too accurate in the attack, balls flew by a few centimeters out of bounds. Therefore, Yuri Marichev decided to rest Obmochaeva, instead appeared Daria Isayeva.

Once again the end of the game was decided by Russian great feed (this time Irina Zaryazhko) – 3-0 in favor of the Russian national team.

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