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Russian women win Pajulahti Games sitting volleyball event

Netherlands finished second and Brazil finishes third

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Yesterday, the Russia women’s national sitting volleyball team claimed gold at the  Pajulahti Games in Nastola, Finland after beating the Netherlands 3 – 0.  Brazil edged out Finland 3 – 1 to win bronze.  Hungary finished last.

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Russia’s sets in the gold medal round went 25 – 18, 25 – 21, and 25 – 22.  Russia had won all their games in the competition, winning 3 – 0 with scores of 17 – 25, 13 – 25, and 9 – 25 against Hungary.  They went on to defeat Netherlands 3 – 2 with scores of 25 – 17, 25 – 27, 25 – 17, 27 – 29, and 15 – 10.  They then took down Finland 3 – 1 with individual set scores of 18 – 25, 23 – 25, 26 – 24, and 9 – 25.  In their final game of round robin play, they beat Brazil 3 – 1 with scores of 25 – 20, 20 – 25, 26 – 24, and 25 – 21.

 

The Russian roster included Tatiyana Kryukova, Marina Karaseva, Yulia Zakrevskaya, Irina Smirnova, Liubov Permyakova, Elena Lebedeva, Tatiana Ivanova , Anna Bisaeva, Ekaterina Chepkiy, Iuliia Mednikova, Elizaveta Kunstman, Olga Kozlova, and Olga Arbatskaya.

 

Brazil went 23 – 25, 18 – 25, 27 – 25, and 14 – 25 in individual sets in their path to bronze.  In round robin play, they started off with a 3 – 2 loss to the Netherlands, going 20 – 25, 19 – 25, 25 – 22, 25 – 16, and 15 – 10. They rebounded to blank Finland 3 – 0, with individual set scores of 25 – 20, 25 – 14, and 25 – 17.  They then blanked Hungary 3 – 0 with scores of 25 – 10, 25 – 18, and 25 – 10.  Brazil completed round robin play with a 1 – 3 loss to gold medalists Russia.

 

The Brazilian roster included Aderlandi Borges da Silva, Gizele Maria da Costa Dias, Adria Jesus da Silva, Andressa Luzia Santos, Gabrielle Aparecida Marchi, Nathalie Filomena de Lima Silva, Jani Freitas Batista, Esther Stephanie Forastiero, Paula Angeloti Herts , Nurya de Almeida Silva, Suellen Dellangelica Lima, and Gilvania José de Lima.

 

Amauri Ribeiro coached the Brazilian side.  A four time Brazilian men’s volleyball Olympian, he owns a gold from the 1992 Summer Olympics and a silver from the 1984 Summer Olympics.  He became involved with coaching the men’s national sitting volleyball side in 2004, following the team’s unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the the Athens Paralympics.  For the past ten years, he has been very involved with both the men’s and women’s national teams, which saw the men win silver at last year’s world championships and the women finish second.  One of the reasons he was keen to participate in this event was to get the women more international experience against the best teams in the world to improve their chances of winning a medal on home soil.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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