Russia remained undefeated in Pool A with a 3-0 record after the victory over Cameroon
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 19, 2016 – Russia defeated winless Cameroon 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) to stay undefeated with 3-0 record in Pool A of the women’s volleyball tournament at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
A Russian eventual pass to the quarterfinals remained pending on the result of the match Korea-Argentina. A loss of the South American side would grant the ticket to the Russians.
Tatiana Kosheleva and Nataliya Gonharova each registered 19 points for Russia, while Laetitia Moma and Christelle Tchoudjang had 15 and 12, respectively, for Cameroon.
Surprisingly, Cameroon outblocked Russia 9-7, with the winners leading in spikes 49-35.
The first set saw the powerful Russia leading in the scoreboard from start to finish, but in the second the African team offered quite resistance to the taller European side.
The score was tied at 20-all when Voronkova landed a big spike to give Russia the advantage. Kosheleva closed it 25-21.
With the fans in the stands cheering for the underdogs, Russia finally took the third set 25-23 when Fawziya’s serve sailed long.