Kseniia Parubets spikes against hosts Japan at the 2019 FIVB World Cup
Ekaterinburg, Russia, June 26, 2020 – Volleyball international Kseniia Parubets, outside hitter of the Russian national team and of Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg, was the first guest in a series of fun online video interviews called #Sborniki (#Сборники in Russian, which translates to #NationalTeamers), run on the @RUSVolleyTeam social media channels dedicated to the Russian national teams.
Before the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, which she is spending in the countryside, the 25-year-old athlete was the best scorer and the best spiker of the CEV Champions League pool stage (147 points or 5.44 per set) and of the Russian Superliga regular season (340 points or 6.07 per set).
Earlier, the 1.83m-tall athlete was also the fourth best attacker of the 2019 FIVB Volleyball World Cup, her most recent appearance with the national team, when Russia earned bronze. Parubets was also the fourth best receiver at the intercontinental Olympic qualification tournament in Kaliningrad in August 2019, when Russia booked their ticket to Tokyo 2020.
Kseniia was born in 1994 and is the daughter of legendary Soviet and Russian volleyballer Irina Ilchenko, a 1988 Olympic champion and 1990 world champion. Young Parubets joined Uralochka in 2008 and has been with the club ever since. She was called to the national team in 2010. That same year, the Sbornaya won the CEV European Championship title and FIVB Volleyball Grand Prix silver.
Here is a short resume of her most interesting answers:
Exercising during the lockdown
“I work out three days and then I rest for three days. I’ve been doing some standard exercises and riding my bike a lot. But it’s not your regular bike - it has a battery and I always have the option to turn it on, if I don’t feel like exercising. I’ve been walking my dog a lot as well.”
Being coached by Nikolay Karpol
“When I first started playing in the Superliga in 2014, of course, it was very difficult. As everybody knows, Karpol is very emotional and it is hard at the beginning when he yells at you. But once you get used to it, things become easier. It is simply the way he talks.”
Most memorable match
“It was with the junior national team at the 2012 European Championship in Turkey. We lost to Turkey in five sets and failed to make the final. It was the most painful defeat and I remember it very well. Also, in the 2014-2015 quarterfinals, my first season in the Superliga, we defeated Dinamo Krasnodar in the golden set. We lost the first match in five sets at home, but then won the return game away, also in five sets, and then the golden set as well.”
Foreign country she would choose to compete in
“I would probably go for Italy, because they play fast volleyball and it would be interesting for me. It would be great to learn how to block fast spikers. I would probably also like to play in Turkey, where my Mom played, and in China.”
Chance of not becoming a volleyball player when your mother is an Olympic champion in volleyball
Playing in a different position from that of an outside hitter
“I started as a first tempo spiker, with reception.”
Could she cope if she had to play as libero or setter
“As libero, yes.”
Ace or spike
Sneakers or shoes
“Sneakers. I can even wear a dress with sneakers.”
Out partying or watching favourite TV show quietly at home
“Watching favourite TV show.”
Midday nap or shopping
Vacationing: beach or mountain
The Ural mountains or the Alps
“Neither. But let’s go with Ural mountains.”
Russian Borscht or French Onion Soup
Minions or SpongeBob
Final message to the fans
“I hope all this will end soon and we will finally see each other. I hope that you, fans, will soon be able to watch us play and enjoy both the national teams and the club teams. We just need a little more patience. Stay at home and take care of yourselves.”
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