Two students of the Volga region Academy of sports will take part in tomorrow's match of the stars of the student basketball League in Ufa. Striker women's national team, University and club "Kazanok" Natalia Makushina and striker men's team, Shukhrat Muradaliyev will play for the national team "the East" in the coaching staff which included head coach of "academics" Olesya Matvienko.
Various individual competitions will be held as part of the all-star Match. In the competition for slam dunk (the dunk contest) will participate, Shukhrat Mortgagaes. Moreover, as the current winner of this nomination. In the current season of the VTB Student super League, Muradhajayev is averaging 17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Natalia Makushina's statistics: 13, 3 points, 13.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals.
Representatives of the Volga Academy at the ACB all-star Game have traditionally been the best in recent national team matches in the framework of ACB-sponsored tournaments. The women's team has played twice on the platform with the "CSU-Atlanta" from Cheboksary. In the first meeting, Kazan students lost with a score of 70: 71. A second meeting took revenge (79:56), Makushina in this match scored 20 points and made 14 rebounds. In the regular season of the ASB super League, academicians will have to play two more matches – in Yoshkar-Ola against... But it is worth noting that Natalia Kuleshova's team has reserved a place in the final part of the tournament as its hosts! The final eight will be held from February 27 to March 1 in Kazan. I want to believe that the Academy team will come up with the strongest squad for the home final. Alas, in the match against ChSU-Atlanta, the leader of the "academicians" Taisiya Afanasieva received a serious knee injury. The final diagnosis has not yet been made, but if the meniscus is damaged, Afanasieva will miss this tournament.
According to Natalia Kuleshova, several team leaders finish the regular season with injuries. In addition, after the new year, "academicians" were left without playing practice for a month, which explains the team's weak performance in the first match with Cheboksary students.
The men's team played home matches against URFU-Uralmash and finished their performances in the regular season of the VTB Student super League. In the first, "academicians" won a convincing victory (79: 56). On account of Shukhrat Muradaliyeva in this meeting 33 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and assists. The end of the second match was held with a noticeable advantage of the guests, as a result, the hosts lost (82: 103). Olesya Matvienko's team took the fourth place in the next stage of the tournament. The decisive games of the season are ahead.
- We are working, trying to get back in shape after the middle of the season, when we won a number of convincing victories, - says Matvienko. - It is important to approach the play-offs and the final in the best possible conditions. Fortunately, everyone is healthy. However, we have not been able to use the players of "UNICS". But it gives us the opportunity to use all the other guys as much as possible, preparing them for the decisive matches of the season.