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“If not now, then when?” The Russian volleyball champion moved to the best club in Türkiye

Date: October 4, 2023 Time: 15:39:45

“If not now, then when?” The Russian volleyball champion moved to the best club in Türkiye

Sofia Kolodkina May 31, 2023, 12:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Dynamo’s Irina Fetisova will join other Russians in the Fenerbahce championship.

Like Zenit Kazan, the volleyball players of Dynamo Moscow scored a hat-trick this season – they won the Russian Championship, the Russian Cup and the Spartakiad of the strongest of the Moscow team. This is the eighth national title for the club from the capital, five of which Irina Fetisova helped the team win. After the triumph, the blocker of the Russian team decided to move.

Dynamo career

Irina began her career in the Super League in 2012. She played a couple of seasons for the stable middle peasants of the Zarechye-Odintsovo league, and in 2015 she was noticed by Dynamo scouts. The club’s coaching staff entrusted the young blocker with the position of center back at 18, and at 19 she also found herself in the country’s top team. As the girl herself admitted, she was proud to play with such people as Ekaterina Gamova, Tatyana Kosheleva, Natalya Obmochaeva, the legendary diagonal still bore the name of her husband, and the libero of the Russian national team Alexei.

Irina Fetisova at Dynamo in the 2022/2023 season

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Her father, a former basketball player and runner-up in the world and Europe, Andrei Fetisov, was also incredibly happy, who, according to Irina, did not understand volleyball at all, but supported any dream.

One of them throughout his career was to play for the great European: he always wanted to get international experience and live abroad. The desire was explained by the love of travel. But for eight years he stayed at the capital club to gain experience and, apparently, game wisdom and mental stability before the world tour. So, a relatively young Turkish giant with 20-year-old players in attack invited a 28-year-old volleyball player to block. And at the beginning of the season, Fetisova will be 29 years old.

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In 32 games with the Dynamo during the season, he scored 248 points: he scored 13 innings and 134 points on offense on 282 attempts (48%). She also became the fourth blocker in the league: she covered her opponents 101 times, only Olga Yargychova from Dynamo-Metar (105), Victoria Pushina from Proton (123) and Daria Malygina, also from the Chelyabinsk club (162), plus . Of the blocks collected during the season, 41 were in the playoff series over nine games. In the final match of the “golden” series, she completely “closed the sky” on her opponents 11 times, setting a personal record.

Following Fedorovtseva, Lazareva and Voronkova

He will stamp new blocks already at Fenerbahce. The choice of the club, and there are no surprises here: Russian women’s volleyball has close relations with Turkey. At least two female volleyball players are the main statistics of the past season. Fedorovtseva is MVP as the tournament’s best server: she hit 82 aces at the Turkish championship and was well ahead of her closest competitor at the top, Turk Hava Yollary’s Hanna Ortmann has just 32 pins. Voronkova – host. Arina and Anna Lazareva’s attacking percentage helped Fener take the national championship. Irina and hers ‘Exachibashi’ scored a ‘silver’ double: they came second in the local championship and in the Champions League.

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Most likely, Irina will replace the main Bulgarian Hristina Vuchkova in this position. One of the best middle blockers in Europe reinforced the composition of Fener for just one season, victorious for the Yellow Canaries. Belize Bashkir is also in doubt, who has been cementing the block since 2019, but has recently been polishing the bench.

“The feeling of sadness was just after the game, because I realized that I was leaving the team. But it was my decision, I myself wanted to continue my career at another club. All these years I have tried to treat the club and our business with integrity and integrity. Mutual respect is a very important aspect. I think I did a good job. Dynamo is my family and my home. Maybe we will meet again at some point.

In my previous interviews, I said that I have a dream: to play abroad, it was not a secret to anyone. I really wanted to make my dream come true and I just received an offer from Fenerbahce. How long did I think? Probably not. This is an interesting challenge for me. Yes, I’m worried about how things will turn out. But I thought: if not now, when? -he said in an interview with “Match TV” at the farewell.

The girl is not afraid of the complete transformation of life in Turkey: the language barrier will collapse, since Irina has been practicing English for two years, and she has no doubts about her communication skills, again, due to her extensive experience on stage. international. “In principle, everyone knows each other, we met at the international level, in the Champions League, in the matches of the national team. I am a people person. I think I can get along with everyone. I don’t worry about it at all.”

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