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Test "Kuzbass"

After failure in the home match with ASK Gazprom-Yugra goes to Kemerovo, on a visit to Kuzbass. Champion of Russia 2019 year started in the current championship with two victories - over ASK and Ural, but then lost away to Soligorsk Shakhtar and Krasnoyarsk Yenisei. And last Saturday they also left the Russian Cup, losing to Dynamo in Moscow. obviously, that Kemerovo residents are eager for rehabilitation in front of their fans, well, Gazprom-Yugra will actively oppose them in this, because our fans deserve good news too.

Assessing your opponents' chances in the upcoming battle is a thankless task., better just talk about it, what is the current Kuzbass like?. The team underwent major changes in the off-season: diagonal Kirill Klets and setter Evgeniy Rukavishnikov left for Zenit Kazan, old-timers left the club: middle blocker Mikhail Shcherbakov («New») and finisher Anton Karpukhov (ASK), libero Alexey Obmochaev moved to Surgut. Besides Alexey, Petar Krsmanovich is also well remembered in Kemerovo, who played in Kuzbass for two seasons.

Kuzbass head coach Alexey Babeshin, started his coaching career in Surgut, invited Serbian diagonal Dusan Petkovic to the team, paired with Dmitry Yakovlev, who came from Krasnoyarsk. This position has excellent rotation., as, however, and in other roles. The game load is evenly distributed between setters Egor Krechetov and Novosibirsk volleyball student Slavi Kostadinov, A “bonus” for Slavi is his growth (203 cm) and sharp power delivery. In the final game there is a choice between striker Roman Pakshin, experienced Alexander Markin, Bulgarian legionnaire Asparukh Asparukhov and well-technically equipped Kirill Fialkovsky, who played in Gazprom-Yugra.

In the center of the grid we will also find a familiar face - this is Denis Chereysky, who in a recent match with Yenisey almost reached a personal record, established during performances for Gazprom-Yugra. Denis has phenomenal results for a blocker 18 points, including six blocks. Next to him is Kuzbass veteran Inal Tavasiev, Alexey Lobyzenko and Andrey Tkachenko. The libero pair is made up of the experienced Valentin Golubev and Mikhail Kashtanov.

It remains to remind, that Gazprom-Yugra and Kuzbass have already met twice this season as part of the Russian Cup, in those matches both times the Kemerovo team celebrated victory. However, those September games are hardly worth taking into account, The national championship is a completely different story, the page for which the teams will write 15 November.