Seventh edition of ‘Lokovolley’ crowned with success in Moscow
News from the National Federations
Moscow/Novosibirsk, Russia, January 24, 2017. The seventh edition of the ‘Lokovolley’ international Volleyball tournament – the largest competition of this kind in Europe open to players under 16 years of age – drew to a close this past Saturday at Druzhba sports hall in Moscow with ‘hosts’ Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK claiming the top spot of the podium after beating Serbia in the final.
‘Lokovolley’ is a unique social project, which brings together young Volleyball players from all over the world. It all started in 2010 and this year the organisers celebrated the seventh edition of the event. The Volleyball club Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK – in cooperation with JSC Russian Railways – are responsible for the organisation and delivery of the event. In seven years ‘Lokovolley’ has involved as many as 150 Russian cities and more than 300,000 young Volleyball players from all over the Russian Federation as well as the youth national teams of countries as diverse as Serbia, Bulgaria, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine.
‘Lokovolley’ provides young Volleyball players with a unique opportunity to display their skills and to perform at an incredibly high level. Many talented Volleyball players have emerged from this tournament and these are now playing for some of the best clubs competing in the Russian Superleague.
In 2016, the competition was open to players born in 1999 and 2000. Teams from the cities of Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Ufa and Novosibirsk emerged as the winners of the preliminary rounds, which involved more than 3,000 young Volleyball players from all over the Russian Federation, all dreaming of making it through to the finals in Moscow. The national teams of Serbia and Bulgaria joined the four Russian teams for the final act of the competition.
The finals took place in Moscow for the second time – two years ago, the Russian capital had played host to ‘Lokovolley’ in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the tournament. As a result, the young participants had the opportunity to visit some of the most famous places and landmarks of the Russian capital during their time off the court.
‘Hosts’ Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK were the eventual winners of the competition after they beat the strong Serbian national team 2-0 (25-19, 25-22) in the final.
Andrey Petrov, head coach of Lokomotiv said: “I am happy with the result especially since in the final we could beat a strong Serbian youth national team. The match was really interesting and exciting! I would like to praise the high level of the organisation. This tournament is a perfect opportunity for our young players to test their skills while competing against the best teams in Russia and Europe. I would also like to thank the JSC Russian Railways for covering all expenses relating to participation in this competition. I hope ‘Lokovolley’ will continue for many more years because it is a real Volleyball festival!”
Bosko Macuzic, head coach of Serbia: “We are happy that we could take part in the finals of ‘Lokovolley’. We played some strong teams here and we are happy we made it through to the final. The team from Novosibirsk was really the best one in this competition and I can only congratulate them on their results. This was a great experience for our young players, and they travel home with nice prizes and many emotions. We also would like to pay tribute to the excellent organisation of the tournament and we very much hope to be invited next year too.”
Mr Oleg Belozyorov, President of JSC Russian Railways attended the final together with Russian Volleyball Federation President, Mr Stanislav Shevchenko, and many more VIP guests. Everyone was impressed with the high level of the organisation and the performance delivered by the young participants. Mr Belozyorov presented the players and coaching staff of Lokomotiv with the trophy for the eventual winners of the tournament.
Serbia vs. UFA 2-0 (25-21, 25-16)
KRASNOYARSK vs. Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK 0-2 (22-25, 17-25)
Match for 5th place
KHABAROVSK vs. Bulgaria 2-0 (26-24, 25-21)
Bronze medal match
UFA vs. KRASNOYARSK 2-1 (25-27, 25-23, 15-12)
Gold medal match
Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK vs. Serbia 2-0 (25-19, 25-22)
1. Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK
Best outside spiker: Stefan Skakic (Serbia)
Best setter: Konstantin Abaev (Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK)
Best blocker: Timur Maguiyarov (UFA)
Best libero: Stefan Negic (Serbia)
MVP: Vladislav Spiridonov (Lokomotiv NOVOSIBIRSK)