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U16 Russia were made to work hard for their narrow 3-2 victory over Bulgaria to Final stage

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Samokov, Bulgaria. July 28, 2017. U16 Russia were made to work hard for their narrow 3-2 (17-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11) victory over Bulgaria to Final stage of the 2017 CEV U16 Women’s European Championship. Russia managed to win 3-2 against Bulgaria, which would be a huge confidence boosted by the crowned European championship trophy. Tatiana Kadochkina side opened the scoring with an unconverted try and followed it up with a second to take the score 22 points. And Elizaveta Kouchrina still showed room for improvement to score 15 points.

Russia will take the match with Italy in their final stage on July 29 at 18:00 local time.

Former Russian player and team advisor Ekaterina Gamova, was ecstatic not only to be in the final, but at how her team conducted themselves and set about playing their game in a hostile and intimidating atmosphere, where lesser teams may have crumbled under the pressure.
“It was a great match tonight, but there were some questionable calls by the referee for both teams. However, tonight, was more about how we played. There was a big crowd here and they made an incredible atmosphere in support of Bulgaria. Having played our group games in Samokov where there were not such big crowds, this was the first time we had to play in front of a following like this. It put us under a lot of pressure, and it was tough for us but we managed to settle our nerves, find a way to dig ourselves out of tough spells in the game, and most importantly, we got the result we wanted. The way we showed the fight to earn this victory gives us confidence for the final. We will prepare now for one more very difficult match against Italy. They played before us and won in less sets, so they will be fresher than us and have had more rest. We are the underdogs more for this reason, in that we have less time to prepare. It is important for us now to forget this victory and save our emotion and effort for tomorrow’s final, and make sure we are ready both physically and mentally. It will be a good game, that’s for sure.”

2017 CEV U16 Women’s European Championship

Samovkov, Bulgaria. Semifinal 1-4

Russia vs Bulgaria 3-2 (17-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11)

Russia: Kouchrina 15, Perova L, Evich 2, Matveeva 5, A.Popova, Gosheva 9, Akimova 3, E.Popova, Ivgi 1, Murushkina, Apalikova 5, Kadochkina 22

Bulgaria: Georgieva 24, Ilieva 1, Todorova 1, M.Yordanova 12, Karabasheva L, Atanasova 2, Sasheva 6, Licheva 3, Dankinova, K.Yordanova, Nikolova 10

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