Overview

Team profile

Russia

Although Russia have won three World Grand Prix titles, it has been 13 years since they topped the podium. They took the bronze medal last season, which is their best finish in the competition since they won the silver in 2009. After finishing fourth in Group 1’s Intercontinental round, wins against Belgium, Turkey and China in the Final Six sealed their spot on the podium. Later in the year at the World Championship Yuri Marichev’s side finished equal-fifth after reaching the third round before falling to USA and hosts Italy.

Their best spell in the World Grand Prix started in the late 1990s when, after clinching gold in 1997, they went on to win the title twice more in the next five years. Only Brazil have won more medals in the competition than Russia. Taking into account their years competing under the banner of the Soviet Union, the Russians are the most successful nation in the history of women’s volleyball. They claimed Olympic gold medals at Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988. They have also won the World Championship seven times, including 2006 and 2010, and the European Championship on 18 occasions, most recently in 2013, and triumphed in the 1973 World Cup and the 1997 Grand Champions Cup.

Coach

Marichev Yury

Marichev Yury

Yuri Marichev, who took over as coach of Russia’s women’s team in January 2013 after the tragic death of his predecessor Sergei Ovchinnikov, will hope to better the team’s third-place finish in Group 1 of last year’s World Grand Prix. In his first year in charge, Marichev guided the team to gold at the European Championships and oversaw their gold at the University Games. In addition to coaching the national team, Marichev has been head coach of several men’s and women’s club teams in his native Russia. He was also an accomplished club player himself, winning the USSR national championship six times, the European Cup five times and the European Super Cup three times.

Staff

  • Team Manager Erkhov Andrey
  • Assistant coach Kurnosov Igor
  • Second Assistant Coach Borshch Pavel
  • Doctor Rasskazov Sergei
  • Physiotherapist Semenychev Nickolay

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Brazil
9 9 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 27 27 2 13.500 721 555 1.299
2
China
9 9 0 5 3 1 0 0 0 26 27 5 5.400 770 569 1.353
3
USA
9 8 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 24 26 9 2.888 823 731 1.125
4
Italy
9 5 4 4 0 1 0 3 1 14 18 14 1.285 740 690 1.072
5
Russia
9 5 4 1 3 1 0 1 3 14 16 17 0.941 730 746 0.978
6
Japan
9 4 5 3 1 0 1 2 2 13 16 16 1.000 699 721 0.969
7
Germany
9 4 5 2 2 0 1 1 3 13 15 17 0.882 733 692 1.059
8
Serbia
9 3 6 2 1 0 3 2 1 12 17 19 0.894 796 775 1.027
9
Thailand
9 3 6 1 1 1 0 2 4 8 11 21 0.523 667 726 0.918
10
Belgium
9 2 7 2 0 0 0 2 5 6 8 21 0.380 571 692 0.825
11
Turkey
9 2 7 1 0 1 0 4 3 5 10 23 0.434 690 783 0.881
12
Dominican Republic
9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 27 0.000 415 675 0.614

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