1. Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region gained two victories in the Russian Superleague before home match
with DRESDNER SC. Both matches were won by Lokomotiv in three sets.
2. Herewith the captain of the team Irina Voronkova made nine aces in two matches.
3. Bianka Busa and Malwina Smarzhek are close to come back after missing of several games due to health condition. If they can take part in the match with DRESDNER SC it will be definite directly before the match.
"Surely we want to win at home and go on fight for coming out to play-off. But game with DRESDNER SC for sure will be complicated for us. German team is a strong contestant. And previous matches in the Russian championship were held not in a best way, although we could win. But we will do our best to play successfully in Kaliningrad".
Outside Hitter Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region
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Monique Strubbe during stretching before the match
Jenna GRAY ready to serve
Linda Bock and Teodora Pusic trying to avoid collision once receiving the serve
DRESDNER SC celebrating their big win
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DRESDNER SC upset Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region
The first set of the match Lokomotiv – Dresdner went in favour of Lokomotiv that were missing a several leading players. Anastasiya Bykova, who usually plays in the seconf team of the club, played at the position of libero making her debut in the first squad. Kaliningrad team outplayed their rivals at block and the hosts even reached a six-point lead. At the end of the set Dresdner used Lokomotiv’s mistakes in the reception and reduced the gap, but the set was either way won by Kaliningrad's team.
In the second set, the teams kept the score very close for a long time. However, in the end on the set, Dresdner thanks to great serves from Madeleine Gates, took the second part and tied the score in the match. In the third set, Lokomotiv failed to cope with the guests' great play and let the rivals to take a lead by nine points. But closer to the end, the Kaliningrad players almost caught up with their rivals - they got blocks, they got serves. However, Dresdner kept their game, playing amazing in defense and took also this set.
In the fourth set, Loko's players struggled a lot as a number of players only recently returned on the court. They tried very hard, but it was not enough. A shaking defense helped Dresdner to win the match. MVP of the match was a Dresdner’s player and team captain Jennifer Janiska.
"Honestly, it was a difficult game for us, since we had a really difficult trip, because of the weather. So, we were a little bit tired. We needed the first set to get into rhythm and the game. In the second set we could improve our service a lot and also increased the punch during service. I think the numbers in service and reception made the difference today."
MVP and team captain of DRESDNER SC
"It was madness today. We won in Kaliningrad, despite the poor travel conditions. When I think about what the team achieved today! The game on the same day as the flight, no training in the big hall ... I think you could see that at the beginning....
....Fortunately, we then managed to stabilize ourselves more and more and in the end, of course, we also benefited from the fact that our opponents were not able to play with their best players. But the fact that we were able to take advantage of that against the reigning Russian champions under these circumstances makes me very, very proud and I think that was something very special today."
head coach of DRESDNER SC
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region compared to DRESDNER SC.
Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region number of service aces compared to DRESDNER SC
Errors leading to points of Lokomotiv KALININGRAD Region, next to those from DRESDNER SC