27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Evgeniya Ukolova: We felt that we could not disappoint spectators who came to cheer for us

On July 12, the press centre of the Kazanka Beach Volleyball Centre held a press conference with members of women's gold medal team – Ekaterina Khomiakova and Evgeniya Ukolova. This event was also attended by the technical delegate of the International University Sports Federation Ilya Volodarsky and Russian women's national team coach Marco Solyustri.

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Universiade. Day 7. Beach volleyball. Women © RIA Novosti / Grigory Sysoyev

The press conference participants discussed recent events, in particular the last day of the competition, but also paid attention to the future plans for this sports vanue.

According to Evgeniya Ukolova, support from the stands played a role in the victory at the tournament. “In the first game, the opponents really showed their strength, forced us to make mistakes, so the game was uneven. Alternately losing and bouncing back, we were able to concentrate, and won that match,” she said. “Also, we felt that we could not let down the spectators who came to cheer for us, so we did everything to the max.”

Marco Solyustri spoke about the future plans of the pair. “The girls just had to defend the title, which was previously earned. For a couple of weeks the team will remain in Russia, and then go to the next competition. Thank you coaches, organisers and fans. I wish the girls in the future not to fall off the pedestal,” said the coach.

As Ilya Volodarsky noted, Kazanka will be involved in hosting competitions of the highest level. “I would also like to congratulate the girls. They came a long way to ensure that they would stand on the winner’s podium in their home country,” said Volodarsky. “Also, I would like to note that the question concerning the future of the object has been repeatedly discussed, and it is safe to say that beach volleyball in Russia will continue to develop, and this centre will continue to host national and international level tournaments.”

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate