Home team have made a positive impression in sitting volleyball

Istumalentopalloa, Suomi-Iso-Britannia

Finland’s women’s sitting volleyball team has made a positive impression during the first two playing days of the Pajulahti Games 2017. They have already won Hungary and Great Britain with wide margins 3–0.

Netherlands and Russian first team have beaten the Finns with same set numbers, though, but inside matches Finland have been able to challenge the strong opponents quite well. Against Russia on Saturday evening Finland controlled the third set for a long time until Irina Smirnova’s long serving strike turned the tables and Russia won the set 25–21.

– You would think that we were just inches away from winning the set but when you put things in to a wider perspective you realise that difference between us and Russia is huge. It’s the difference between amateurs and professionals. If needed Russia can still do things little better in tight situations. That being said, I’m quite satisfied with how we performed today, said Finnish head coach Timo Väre.

– We weren’t expecting much from this tournament, but it seems that players have found their places in the court and do their job well. It’s positive that we have had several players who are capable of saving and scoring points. Of course in tight situations you can still see some kind of extra nervousness when we go head to head to 20 points or so against a tough opponent, Väre continued.

If Finland can get all their best players to the European Championships held in Croatia in autumn, it’s not impossible for them to be able to improve the sixth spot they have reached in previous Games. In Marja Valkeavuori Finland has a World class minimally disabled player but they would need some width to their roster.