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“It was a crazy game.” Loko crushed the favorite in the fiery Super League semi-final

Date: July 12, 2024 Time: 17:15:42

“It was a crazy game.” Loko crushed the favorite in the fiery Super League semi-final

Elena Kovalenko April 14, 2024, 22:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Dinamo Moscow will not play in the final of the Russian women’s volleyball championship. The Kaliningrad girls were better.

The two best teams in Russian women’s volleyball in recent years faced each other in the most exciting series of Super League matches, but not yet in the final. Dinamo Moscow is the current champion and leader of this season, taking all the trophies, and Lokomotiv Kaliningrad is the runner-up and a club that has never fallen below second place in the Russian Championship in its history. These teams simply couldn’t finish the semi-final with three quick games. They needed all five games. The blue and white started the series with a convincing victory (3-0), but then lost the initiative and were forced to recover. The fourth match evened the odds and took the series to the decisive match, golden if not in status, then in intensity and entertainment.

The spectacular fourth game of the series equalized the teams’ chances:

Fantastic intensity in the Super League semi-final! “Dynamo” saves itself in the series with “Lokomotiv”

The Kaliningrad volleyball players, despite losing yesterday in five grueling matches, entered the match well and from the beginning gained a comfortable four-goal lead. To which the Dynamo coach immediately responded by taking a break. But the pause did not in any way affect the attacking actions of the railway workers in the attack.

From the first minutes, Ebrard Karakurt made himself noticeable to the guests, whose activity Loko clearly lacked in the last match. The Turkish player played the entire set brilliantly, converting 8 of 13 shots with an efficiency of 62%. The home team’s game, on the other hand, did not go well at all: Goncharova and Kapustina scored four goals between them, showing 25%. Loko’s blocking also worked better (5-2). Parubets confidently pinned Evdokimova and finished the set (25:19).

Dinamo Moscow – Lokomotiv – 1:3

Photo: t.me/vc_loko

For the first time in this series, Lokomotiv managed to take the first game and then the second by 27:25. The visitors regained the lead from the beginning. Thanks to good service, Dynamo managed to make life difficult for their rivals in the reception. But the Muscovites still had the role of catching up. After another accurate attack by Karakurt, the scoreboard read 15:12, which was comfortable for the railwaymen. The blue and white team came close to equalizing each time, but only managed to do so at the end. Two errors by Loko in attack brought Dynamo to a set point: 23:24. But the party was still in the hands of the guests: again the captain of the railroaders put a discount point below the baseline.

The third game included the main argument of the Muscovites: the block. He immediately gave Dynamo three points and a 5:3 lead. Lokomotiv did not wait long and responded to the hosts with their own weapons, eliminating all the team leaders in turn, after which the guests confidently raced to victory in this set as well. But they were detained by the service of Irina Kapustina. The finisher performed an excellent series of serves, two of which landed on the opposite side (18:16). Thanks to the efforts of Karakurt and Tolok, Lokomotiv still held on to the match, but at the most important moment they faltered. Two mistakes by the Kaliningrad volleyball players gave Dinamo the victory (26:24).

Dinamo Moscow – Lokomotiv – 1:3

Photo: t.me/vc_loko

It seemed that a victory in the third set should push the Muscovites forward in the fourth, but that was not the case. Lokomotiv reached the final. The guests were in the lead throughout the match; The attacks of Parubets and Karakurt were complemented by the power of Tatyana Tolok. But the locals once again gave up in attack (35% compared to 46%), even the experienced Natalia Goncharova began to make mistakes.

After Mina Popovic’s ace, the score for Dynamo was catastrophic: 14:20. Yulia Brovkina with her attack and blocking further strengthened Lokomotiv’s faith in the success of the match (22:15). Tatyana Tolok organized a match point for Kaliningrad and converted it herself (25:18). And Radoslav Arsov’s team celebrated the victory in this dramatic series.

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April 14, 2024, Sunday. 17:30 Moscow time

Dynamo M

Moscow

Locomotive

Kaliningrad region

Dinamo M: Pipunyrova, Pushina, Goncharova, Sinitsyna, Kapustin, Evdokimova, Pereira, Startseva, Polyakova, Khabibrakhmanova, Kurilo, Zhabrova, Podkopaeva

Lokomotiv: Lyubushkina, Sinkevich, Trofimenko, Popovich, Zaitseva, Galkina, Brovkina, Parubets, Filishtinskaya, Krotkova, Tolok, Kostyuchik, Kondrashova, Karakurt

“In seven days we played five very difficult games with two flights. And the fact that we won means that the team is ready. We fought and achieved this final, we showed our Kaliningrad spirit. Now we need to recover a little, Dynamo-Ak Bars is a difficult opponent. But first we got to the semifinals, now to the final and little by little we are solving our problems,” commented Loko coach Radoslav Arsov about reaching the final.

Lokomotiv made a great effort, but achieved the main thing: it again reached the final, without letting the favorite enter. True, now we have to solve an equally difficult problem. The first match of the final series will take place on April 17. Kaliningrad’s rival will be Dynamo-Ak Bars from Kazan.

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