Overview

Team profile

Russia

Including their years competing as the Soviet Union, the Russian women’s team are the most successful in the history of women's volleyball. They won Olympic gold in the Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988 Games, and have also won the FIVB World Championship seven times and the European Championship 18 times. In addition to this success, the team triumphed in the 1973 FIVB World Cup and the 1997 FIVB Grand Champions Cup. 
Russia’s more recent form has not quite matched their historic success. They only managed a fifth place finish at the 2014 World Championship and were knocked out by Serbia in the quarter-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 
Russia have won three FIVB World Grand Prix titles, but not in the last 14 years. Their titles were won in 1997, 1999 and 2002. With a total of three gold, six silver and four bronze medals, Russia are the third most successful team in the history of the competition. They trail behind Brazil and USA in terms of gold medals, but are second behind Brazil in the total number of medals won. Last year, Russia finished fourth in the 2016 Final Six in Bangkok and ninth in 2017, in Nanjing.

Coach

Pankov Vadim

Pankov Vadim

Fifty-three-year-old Vadim Pankov took charge of the Russia Women's National Team at the start of this year, replacing Konstantin Ushakov. He began his coaching career alongside legendary coach Nikolay Karpol at Uralochka. He has also led Russia's student team, winning gold twice at the 2015 and 2017 Universiades. At club level, Pankov steered Zarechie Odintsovo from relative obscurity to two titles of the Russian Superleague, as well as the 2014 CEV Challenge Cup. He was married to the late Marina Nikulina, Seoul 1988 Olympic champion and 1990 world champion. His daughter Ekaterina was the setter and captain of the Russian National Team and a two-time European champion, and his son Pavel has won numerous world and European championships titles at youth and junior level.

Staff

  • Team Manager Erkhov Andrey
  • Assistant coach Kurnosov Igor
  • Second Assistant Coach Korolev Aleksey
  • Doctor Molchanov Sergei
  • Physiotherapist Sandul Dmitry

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
USA
15 13 2 11 2 0 1 1 0 40 42 8 5.250 1227 997 1.230
2
Serbia
15 12 3 7 4 1 2 1 0 37 41 15 2.733 1324 1141 1.160
3
Brazil
15 12 3 3 7 2 1 2 0 35 40 20 2.000 1376 1229 1.119
4
Netherlands
15 12 3 6 3 3 1 1 1 34 39 18 2.166 1327 1176 1.128
5
Turkey
15 11 4 5 5 1 3 1 0 35 40 19 2.105 1351 1244 1.086
6
Italy
15 10 5 6 1 3 2 0 3 29 34 22 1.545 1230 1136 1.082
7
Russia
15 8 7 2 4 2 1 0 6 23 26 29 0.896 1194 1198 0.996
8
Poland
15 8 7 3 2 3 1 3 3 22 29 29 1.000 1298 1211 1.071
9
China
15 7 8 5 1 1 2 4 2 22 29 27 1.074 1237 1178 1.050
10
Japan
15 7 8 3 1 3 2 2 4 20 27 31 0.870 1209 1273 0.949
11
Germany
15 5 10 1 3 1 1 6 3 15 23 35 0.657 1220 1315 0.927
12
Korea
15 5 10 2 2 1 0 1 9 14 16 34 0.470 1022 1141 0.895
13
Belgium
15 4 11 2 1 1 1 4 6 12 18 36 0.500 1115 1250 0.892
14
Dominican Republic
15 3 12 2 1 0 3 2 7 12 17 37 0.459 1072 1245 0.861
15
Thailand
15 2 13 1 0 1 2 7 4 7 17 41 0.414 1218 1355 0.898
16
Argentina
15 1 14 1 0 0 0 2 12 3 5 42 0.119 830 1161 0.714

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