12:27 am - Sunday November 19, 2017

Kseniya Kocyigit: “I love St.Petersburg, I don’t feel like a stranger, girls made me feel very welcome”

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(Photo/Leningradka SPB)

Azerbaijan national team and middle blocker Kseniya Kocyigit (Poznyak) moved her career in Leningradka club of the Russian Championship this season. Earlier month, Team Azerbaijan finished fourth in their best history of European Championship and the team also qualified for the 2018 World Championship. After first match in the Superleague, russiavolley.com made a short interview for Kseniya, about her stay in SPB, and her new teammates.

Can you say some words for the fans for Leningradka?

For fans, I would like to say that this season will be full of interesting and exciting games. And of course we need their support as well (smile)

How do you cope with your new teammates when you first arrive in St. Petersburg?

My teammates are such a nice girls from one to another. In general, the team and atmosphere are really good, so when I arrived in SPB, I don’t feel like a stranger, because they made me feel very welcome.

Although the language barrier will not be a problem for you, but how will you manage to work with the team? (The league already started on 11/10)

We already played our first game (vs. Kazan 0:3), even we didn’t have so much time to combine with each other, but we all working on every practice.

(Photo/Leningradka SPB)

Do you like SPB? What do you feel about this city?

I am totally in love with this city. I don’t have much time to explore this city because of many practices and games, but I am sure I will find some time to discover and see all beautiful and famous places of SPB.

Who is your best friends in your team? How do you get acquainted?

I still don’t have any best friends yet, but I like to have conversations with all girls.

In the opening match, Leningradka lost to Kazan in 0:3, what was the main problem of the team to lost the match? and as a captain, how will you work with your teammates in the following match?

Yes, our first match was tough because the opponent is one of the strongest teams of the league. After the first match, we spoke about our mistakes and working on to improve them. We are ready for the next battle. (vs. Enisey on 16/10 at 19:00 Moscow time)

Besides training, What do you like to do in spare time?

I like to walk around the street, to see some new places, to eat russian foods, I miss it. (laugh)

(Photo/Leningradka SPB)

Your national team teammate Nataliya Mammadova also play in Russia – Dinamo Kazan club. She said “Kazan is the strongest club in Russia”, and what do you think about this? Why you choose to stay in Leningradka?

Well, I want to say, Mammadova is one of the best top players so she definitely deserve to play in Kazan and help them as well. I decided to play in Leningradka because I wanted to play in Russian superleague, and try something new in my career. Also there are many other factors that helped me to decide. One of the first choice – is my family. Here in Russia, they can be next to me in the whole season and thats make me really happy.

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