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Acosta's good performance for Argentina

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 6, 2016 – Ekaterina Kosianenko landed eight aces to lead Russia to a straight-set 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-16) over Argentina in Pool A of the women’s volleyball tournament of Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday night. In an historical night at Las Panteras debut at an Olympic Game the power of the Russian team could never be stopped but the girls and their coaching team have great hopes, against another very strong team, the host Brazil this Monday, August 8 at 22.35.

Nataliya Gonchareva and Tatyana Kosheleva led Russia with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while Iana Shcherban and Kosianenko finished with 9 and 8 in the win. Tanya Acosta and Paula Nizetich were the best for Argentina with 12 and 8 points.

Russia subdued Argentina in services winners 10-1, held the advantage in the blocking category 9-3 and outscored their opponents 38-28 in spikes.

Russia stormed past Argentina in the first set they won 25-13 behind the spikes of Goncharova who scored via four spikes and the effective serves of Kosianenko who landed four winners from the service line. Nizetich was the lone bright spot in Argentina side with four points.

The second set took a similar path as Goncharova continued to lead the Russian offence and Kosianenko added one more ace to her haul in the lopsided 25-10 result.
Argentina battled harder in the third set but the result was the same as Russia dominated 25-16 with three more aces by Kosianenko

Press Conference:

Russian Coach Yury Marichev was not completely satisfied with the overall performance of his side following the straight-set win over Argentina and hopes the blocking and general defence can be improved.

Yuri Marichev, Coach of Russia: I am not satisfied with everything and we can play better than that. We have to prepare better. Also I don’t like to divide teams considering some of them strong or weak. We can improve.

Ekaterina Kosianenko, Captain of Russia: I am very happy with the victory over Argentina. All the players are trying to catch their rhythm and played well today. I hope we can win the tournament and love the atmosphere in the stadium. Our goal is to win the gold medal and satisfy the expectations.

Guillermo Orduna, Coach of Argentina: The feelings are many after our Olympic debut. We knew we were facing a very strong team that represented a big challenge. After overcoming all those sensations we were getting closer to our game level. In the third set we showed part of it. Despite the difficulties we were able to grow with the match.

Paula Nizetich, Captain of Argentina:I agree with our coach Guillo. I don-t think we showed our real level. We are better than that. Playing our first match affected us today. I hope we can improve for the next match that will be against Brazil.

Tatiana Kosheleva, Player of Russia

On her recovery from injury and how it influenced their first match in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games:

“I feel very good now and I believe that I can contribute a lot to my team in this competition. The first match for all the players is always very nervous, but I am very glad that there were so many people cheering for us here. There are so many Russian people in the crowd who made us very confident in this match.”

On having a different on-court energy and emotion than her team-mates:

“It’s the way I have always been and I really love the atmosphere in volleyball, which makes me show my energy and emotion when I am on the court.”

On her personal goal in Rio 2016:

“I only believe in victory.”

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