Natalia Malykh: “Hope our participation in next season’s CEV Cups can gain us more financial support.”
Russian Women’s Superleague 2014/15 semifinalists has been already confirmed. This year, two young teams – Zarechie Odintsovo and Uralochka NTMK are able to advance to the semifinals. It is the first time since 2009/2010 that Zarechie Odintsovo advancing to final four again. In the first series of which Zarechie Odintsovo managed to beat Omichka Omsk with 3:1 at home. Omichka Omsk showed their true colour in their homeland and defeated Odintsovo in 3: 0 (25:21, 25:12, 25:16). Out of surprise, Odintsovo bounced back with miracle-like return and captured the Golden Set with 15:11, advancing to the semifinals by their youth power. After the match, correspondent of russiavolley.com has an exclusive interview with the star player of the team , opposite hitter- Natalia Malykh.
Malykh. First of all, congratulations for getting the place in the final four!! What is your feeling right now?
Thank you so much. It was a very important and nerve-racking match. I feel happy, because we already make it in CEV Cups in the next season. I love my team very much.
Zarechie Odintsovo has made it to the final 4 again, the first time since 2009/10. How does your team make it happen?
This year we have made a lot of work to come up with this achievement. And we have a good luck. All teams are very strong. We don’t have a lot of financial support like other teams do while we have a big motivation and desire to win.
In the semifinals, Zarechie Odintsovo will play against Dinamo Kazan. How do you expect the battle ?
Dinamo Kazan was the best team last year. They are very strong and they have confidence. It will be very difficult to win this team. But we should try. I really want this as much as every person in our team does.
Being the semifinalists of Superleague means that Zarechie Odintsovo will be qualified to play in CEV champions league or CEV cup next year, what do you think ?
It is a very good and important news for us. We are a young team and we should gain a lot of experience from these quality tournaments. We were not qualified to play cups this year and we hope our participation in CEV Cups in the next season can gain us financial support from sponsors.
What would you like to say to your fans and supporters ?
Dear fans, thank you for your continued support. It is very important for me and our team. I try to read your comments in my page everyday ( https://www.facebook.com/natalia.malaya.malykh) . So sorry that i can’t reply to your every comment but I would like to let you know I love you all very much! Would like to share a little secret only to you: I had a small injury in the last 2 games, Shhh!!!. (Kiss)