David and Goliath open third day in women’s Pool A


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 10, 2016 - The third competition day in Pool A of the women's volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will open with a match between Russia and Cameroon. In this game at the Maracanazinho, the Olympic rookies from Africa will try to measure up to the most decorated team in Olympic volleyball history.

Having shut out Argentina on Saturday, the Russians allowed Korea one set on Monday, which puts them in second position in the current Pool A standings, behind the other unbeaten team, hosts Brazil.

With 22 points each, both Natalya Goncharova and Tatiana Kosheleva outraced Korean scoring machine Kim Yeon Koung on the way to the 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14) victory. With a total of 14 winning blocks and 12 aces, the Russians managed to outplay their Asian opponents on all accounts.

Cameroon, on the other hand, are still dreaming of winning their first ever set at the Olympics. Following the straight-set loss to Brazil, the African team suffered a 0-3 (20-25, 15-25, 17-25) defeat from Japan, with captain Christelle Tchoudjang Nana responsible for 12 of Cameroon’s points.

It is the number of points scored that puts Cameroon in front of Argentina in the pool standings, where the Africans are currently occupying the fifth place.

"We are on the right track and just need to continue working," said Cameroon's coach Jean Rene Anoko.


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