The long-awaited final matches of the championship of Ukraine among the women's teams of the Super League-Dmart of the 2022/23 season will start at the end of March. For the main trophy of the championship, its current owner SC "Prometey" and "Dobrodiy-Meduniversitet-ShVSM" continue to compete. At the same time, in the series for bronze awards, "Alanta" will play against the national team of Ukraine U-17.
VC "Dobrodiy-Meduniversitet-ShVSM" — SC "Prometey"
Being in the finals and not dreaming of the championship title is simply unreal. Even if you have to play basically against the main team of the national team of Ukraine. Although for Dobrodiy volleyball players, being here is already a great achievement.
- This means a lot for us, - said Anastasiia Kucher, the middle blocker of the Vinnytsia club. - We have been striving for this all season, we have set ourselves the highest goals, and finally, we are in the final. This is the result of our hard work.
Let's remind you that Yuliia Yakusheva's team won the regular championship and directly qualified for the semifinals of the Super League-Dmart. There they met with the National team of Ukraine U-17, which they defeated by the results of two matches (3-1, 3-0).
It is clear that "Prometey" will try to defend the title of national champion at any cost. For this, he had to do one, but at the same time the most difficult step - to overcome the Vinnytsia team in the final series.
- When you are already at the top, you have to keep this place, - Svitlana Dorsman, the captain of the Kamianske team, shared her thoughts. - Others always want to show their strength, but we will fight for what's ours. I believe that interesting matches await us against "Dobrodiy".
At the first stage of the national championship, the "red and whites" took third place. In the 1/4 finals, they beat Halychanka-ZUNU twice with the same score of 3-0. In the semi-finals, "Prometey" won a duel with "Alanta". There was no special intrigue either - 3-0 and 3-1.
Let's add that in the Super League-Dmart of the current season, the teams met each other three times: first, the "Dobrodiy" triumphed twice (3-2, 3-2), but in the last game, the representatives of Dnipropetrovsk region were stronger (3-0).
"Alanta" — National team of Ukraine U-17
After winning the League Cup 2022, the Dnipro team wanted to lift another trophy over their heads. However, now they are forced to fight only for third place in the championship with the players of the National team of Ukraine U-17. Despite this, in the matches for the bronze set of awards, "Alanta" definitely is not one to borrow motivation. After all, for the first time in their history, they can become a prize-winner of the domestic elite division.
- We met with the national team of Ukraine U-17 several times this season. We had both official and friendly matches. This is a good team, with young and ambitious players. We will adapt to it, - said Mariia Protsenko, an opposite of the Dnipro club.
The representatives of the aforementioned national team like to play combined volleyball. In particular, mentor Volodymyr Podkopaiev often tells his players to use the "pipe", that is, to attack from the sixth zone. The girls regularly used a similar combination in the second semi-final match against Dobrodiy.
- Coach Volodymyr Anatoliiovych set us the following task. That's why the setter often gave passes to the "pipe", - said Bohdana Hrytsyk, the outside hitter of the blue-yellows.
It should be noted that the matches for the awards of the championship of Ukraine will last up to three victories. The dates and the beginning time of the final matches will be announced later.
The schedule of the first two matches in the series:
19:00 "Dobrodiy-Meduniversitet-ShVSM" — SC "Prometey"
19:30 SC "Prometey" — "Dobrodiy-Meduniversitet-ShVSM"
For third place
19:00 "Alanta" — National team of Ukraine U-17
National team of Ukraine U-17 – "Alanta"
Watch the broadcasts of the confrontations on the YouTube-channel Divisport Volleyball.