"Academy-Kazan" started in the final stage of the Russian Championship

09.02.2022 в (16:38)
"Academy-Kazan" started in the final stage of the Russian Championship

On the home court in the sports complex "Burevestnik" began the final stage of the championship of Russia of the Highest League A volleyball players "Academy-Kazan". In the regular season, the student team took second place in the West zone, passing ahead of Moscow State Technical University.

The first opponent of Maxim Maksimov's wards for the places from the first to the eighth was the Yekaterinburg "Locomotive-Emerald". The owners of the third line of the "regular" in the Vostok zone did not warm up for a long time, from the very beginning of the match, the Ural guests behaved quite aggressively. And if in the first game the hosts somehow coped with the attack, then in the second the "academicians" hardly managed to restrain the onslaught. As a result, two lost games at the start (21:25, 20:25) and not the most outstanding game at the end of the game day (19:25).

The replay turned out to be a mirror match. Although at first the guests tried to impose the old game. The turning point occurred after several successful attacks by the "academicians", the guests began to get nervous and make mistakes. And we lost the game (25:22). In the middle of the second set, Lokomotiv-Izumrud seized the initiative and even won (22:25). However, in the next game Kazan were able to cope with the attack of the guests again and bring the score to victory (25:21). The fourth set was decisive. The teams alternately led in the score, at some point the guests had a five-goal advantage (18:13), but the successful game of the home team turned the tide of the match. The "Academicians" first equalized the score, and then took the lead. It didn't come to a tie-break, Kazan volleyball players won the game and the match (25:23).

The Academicians will hold the next round at the home arena in the Burevestnik IC on March 19-20. The Kazan national team will play against the Chelyabinsk Dynamo.

Maxim Maksimov, head coach of VK "Academy-Kazan":

- Two polar games turned out. After the first one, I was ashamed in front of the fans, in all elements a complete failure. It's hard to say why it happened, we'll figure it out. It wasn't our day! We haven't had such a game on the road or at home all season. On the second day, we managed to shake up the guys, switched. The houses should play exactly the way they played on the second day. But it should be noted that Lokomotiv also played more interesting on the first day. Today we didn't let them play the way they wanted. This time we were already more interesting.