Champions League

Astrakhanochka aims to the Main Round

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Astrakhanochka aims to the Main Round

Astrakhanochka is the current Russian champion after they won the Russian League last season by beating Rostov Don. Their first place was a big surprise, but teams led bet Evgeny Trefilov can cause lot of surprises. Players like Olympic Games MVP Anna Vyakhireva and her sister Polina Kuznetcova, as well two times world champion Ludmila Postnova has played in Astrakhanochka. After the Olympics became official that Trefilov will leave to Kuban Krasnodar and the economic support of the club declined. As a direct consequence of that several players left also, some of them abroad, lot of them to Kuban Krasnodar. Serbian playmaker, Kristina Liscevic has been transferred from Vác (HUN), but after this transition she was also taken of the wave and signed with Kuban.

Despite the major transition of twelve players leaving and only four replacements,  the goal  of Astrahanocha is the main round in their first ever Champions League season.

Left the club: Viktoria Kalinina (Kuban Krasnodar), Viktoriia Zhilinskayte (Kuban Krasnodar), Yana Zhilinskaite (Kuban Krasnodar), Kristina Liscevic (Kuban Krasnodar), Valentina Goncharova (Kuban Krasnodar), Polina Kuznetsova (Kuban Krasnodar),  Anna Vyakhireva (Rostov-Don), Karina Yezhykava (Debrecen), Irina Snopova (Lada), Kristina Tarasova (Zagnospor), Ekaterina Smirnova (Kuban Krasnodar), Evelina Anoshkina (Dinamo-Sinara Volgograd)

Newcomers: Kristina Sorokina (Rostov-Don), Natalia Chigirinova (Lada Togliatti), Anastasia Vaganova (AGU-ADIF), Daria Chaplyghina (returned after pause)

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Kira Trusova, Anastasia Riabtseva

Playmakers: Daria Chaplyghina, Natalia Chigirinova, Kristina Sorokina, Milana Tazhenova

Leftback: Liudmila Postnova, Svetlana Ivanova, Galina Izmailova, Karina Sabirova, Liudmila Vydrina

Right back: Anna Shaposhnikova, Karina Sisenova, Ekaterina Zelenkova

Lineplayer: Sofia Ignatovich, Irina Klimova, Svetlana Kremneva

Leftwings: Kristina Kozhokar, Svetlana Sheveleva, Viktoriia Shichkina, Anastasia Vaghanova

Rightwings: Ekaterina Levsha, Yana Yemelyanenka (BLR)

 

Astrahanochka is in group B with Vardar, FTC and HC Leipzig.

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