27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Prokopyev: Russia’s tactics against Czechs works out

The Russian beach volleyball pair Yury Bogatov and Sergey Prokopyev got through the match with tactical precision, beating Czech duo Jan Hadrava and Robert Kufa for entry to the quarterfinals, said Prokopyev.

Russia won with a score of 2-0 (21:18, 21:15). “We’d already played them once, so we knew what we were dealing with. The majority of the control usually goes to Robert Kufa, but our tactics are to split up our rivals. They were easy to apply and they worked,” said Prokopyev.

“We’re exhausted, but the medical personnel are helping us to recover. A huge thanks to them, by the way. It’s just so cool to be involved in this. Yesterday we finished our match at 8pm, went back to the Universiade Village, and were up again by 6am. It was difficult to begin with, but we played the first set cleanly and neatly, and after that the body was awake, and it got easier,” he added. The player also noted that a difficult match lay ahead of them: “The Mexicans Gomez and Pulido are a good team. They stood out in their group at the world championships. These guys have a good rating – they won’t be easy opponents.”

Prokopyev spoke of how his wife Maria, who is also taking part in the Universiade and has already finished her competition, came along to support him. “She played 4 matches yesterday, and she has two injuries. And this morning she wanted to come along, but I said she should sleep. She stretched her shoulder, and she’s having trouble with her foot too,” he explained.


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