27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Coach Nirka: Level of beach volleyball tournament in Kazan surprised

A level of a beach volleyball tournament at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan appeared unexpectedly high, said head coach of the Russian national team Vyacheslav Nirka.


Universiade. Beach volleyball © RIA Novosti/Grigory Sysoev

One Russian duet (Koshkarev/Semenov) reached the tournament semifinal, and a pair Bogatov/Prokopyev became the ninth. “There was no information about the level of a tournament and it appeared presentable. Initially we didn’t think that there will be serious opponents at the network. The level of a tournament pleasantly surprised: many good teams, which due to financial problems do not participate in the tournament but play a good volleyball. This is the tournament’s plus but at the same time – these are the problems for us. But we created them to ourselves. We set the highest tasks before guys and they try to fulfil them” said Nirka.

According to the coach, Sergey Prokopyev and Yury Bogatov were not strong enough in a play-off match with the Mexicans Gomez/Pulido, though “there were chances”. “We must investigate the reason of loss. It seems to me that they weakened functionally: movements became slower and therefore it caused a technical deficiency. And in a beach volleyball many things depend on “physics” If you weakened you accept worse, jump worse. Mistakes happen,” explained the specialist having marked that the Russian duet complicated its life at the tournament itself having lost at a preliminary stage to the Americans Bourne and Montgomery.

“The opponent was evidently underestimated. Even leading in the first game 18:8 the guys allowed the opponents to acquire 5 balls in a row which inspired the Americans. Then difficulties appeared in the second game, and after that Yury and Sergey lost in the third game. They should have gone across “the network of winners” but had to play with stronger teams from the network of the World tour. There were chances of course but there was not enough strength,” concluded Nirka.

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