Karpol: Marichev changing the team composition before the OG is unwise
Russian women’s volleyball team suffered from a tragic defeat by Serbia with the score 0-3 (9:25, 22:25, 21:25) in the quarter-finals of the Rio Olympic games and lost the chance of winning medals. Four players who help to win the gold medal in the European championship 2015: Setter Evgeniya Startseva, Outside Spiker Ksenia Ilchenko, Middle Blocker Ekaterina Lyubushkina and Opposite Spiker Natalia Malykh were not included in the Olympic team.
“Our team could qualify for the top places but I think such result at the Olympics is a failure, -. Said the legendary coach Nikolai Karpol. “It is difficult to say what’s the reasons. The team is ready and in a single composition more than a year, in which Startseva, Malykh and Ilchenko are included. And then they were excluded by the team a week before the trip to Rio but took the players who were not prepared before in the national team -Vera Vetrova and Irina Voronkova, this is not contribute to achieving the desired result. ”
“At the Olympics you need to have a composition formed more than one year. If you want someone to connect to the national team, then you need to do it at the beginning of the preparatory cycle in May, rather than at the end of it and changing players before leaving, taking those who are not prepared for three months, it is surprising in selecting composition -. it is the prerogative of the head coach? No one makes to do so. “- Karpol commented.