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Yulia Konovalova

Yulia Konovalova

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Gender female
Birth 1 December 1990
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
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WVC Dinamo Moscow (Russian: ЖВК Динамо Москва) is a Russian women's volleyball club based in Moscow which is currently playing in the Super League. It was established in 1926 and dissolved in 1992, but was reestablished in 2004. It is the most successful team in Soviet women's volleyball history with fourteen Championship titles and the most successful team in the CEV Women's Champions League history with eleven titles.


Soviet years

The club was created in 1926, when Dinamo Moscow decided to establish a women's volleyball section from its sports club. Its first participation in the USSR Championship was 1940, finishing in seventh place. The championship was not held from 1941 until 1944 due to Great Patriot War, but once it resumed in 1945 the club began achieving success under the coach Nikolay Nikolaevich Benderov, winning the titles in 1947, 1951, 1953, 1954 and 1955. During that period the club also won the USSR Cups of 1950, 1951 and 1953.

From 1957 to 1965 the club had a new coach, Serafima Georgievna Kundirenko who took the team to winning the USSR Championships of 1960 and 1962. The introduction of the new premier club competition with clubs from Europe called European Cup (today known as CEV Champions League), provided an opportunity for the club to compete against teams from across the continent. Dynamo Moscow won the inaugural 1960–61 edition, as well as the 1962–63 and 1964–65 editions, establishing itself as one of the strongest women's volleyball clubs in Europe. In 1966, under Anatoly Sergeyevich Sarkisov the team won the 1967–68 European Cup.

Givi Alexandrovich Akhvlediani became the new coach in 1969, with the goal of making Dynamo Moscow the country's leading team. Under his guidance, Dynamo Moscow brought new players (Nina Smoleyeva, Rosa Salikhova, Antonina Ryzhova, Tatyana Tretyakova, Larisa Bergen, Nina Muradyan), employed new tactics and focused on improving technical skills. That lead the club to its most successful period, winning six USSR Championships (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977) and seven European Cups (1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77), making Dynamo Moscow the dominant force in European women's volleyball during the late 60's and 1970's.

The next head coach was Mikhail Omelchenko. By the 1980s Uralochka began to emerge itself as a dominant force, and Dynamo's winning generation team of the 1970s was ageing. Omelchenko rejuvenated the squad calling new players (Lyubov Kozyreva, Nataliya Razumova) who helped the club to win the USSR Cup in 1982 and the USSR Championship in 1983. After social and political changes in the USSR, the club could no longer perform at the highest level being relegated at the conclusion of the 1988–89 season. The club kept on playing in the second division for another three seasons and decided to stop its women's volleyball activities in 1992.

Russian years

After a 12-year break, the club was re-established on 12 May 2004. It entered the Super League in the 2004–05 season and the team proved to be competitive right away, finishing second that year. The success came shortly after the club won the league in the following two seasons (2005–06 and 2006–07) and a third time in 2008–09. Since then, they won thrice the Russian Cup (2009, 2011 and 2013) before a fourth league was added in 2015–16.

The club is yet to emulate the Soviet era success in Europe, but it has reached the finals of the CEV Cup (in 2005–06) and the CEV Champions League twice (in 2006–07 and in 2008–09).


National competitions

  • URSS aviation yellow bordered red star.svg USSR Championship: 14
  • Soviet Russia Air force roundel.svg USSR Cup: 4
  • Simple cup icon.svg Russian Super League: 5
  • Imperial Russian Aviation Roundel.svg Russian Cup: 3

International competitions

  • Shield of the European Union.svg CEV Champions League: 11

Team Roster

Season 2016–2017, as of December 2016.

Number Player Position Height (m) Weight (kg) Birth date
1 Russia Yulia Morozova Middle Blocker 1.92 79 (1985-01-08) 8 January 1985 (age 32)
3 Russia Anastasia Bavykina Outside Hitter 1.88 73 (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 24)
5 Russia Anastasia Markova Outside Hitter 1.90 71 (1987-10-16) 16 October 1987 (age 29)
6 Russia Yana Shcherban Outside Hitter 1.87 71 (1989-09-06) 6 September 1989 (age 27)
7 Russia Ekaterina Romanenko Libero 1.70 62 (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 23)
8 Russia Nataliya Goncharova Opposite Spiker 1.96 74 (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 27)
9 Russia Vera Vetrova Setter 1.82 73 (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986 (age 30)
10 Russia Ekaterina Kosianenko Captain sports.svg Setter 1.75 64 (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 27)
11 Russia Ekaterina Lyubushkina Middle Blocker 1.88 73 (1990-01-02) 2 January 1990 (age 27)
12 Serbia Aleksandra Crnčević Outside Hitter 1.84 76 (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 (age 29)
13 Russia Irina Fetisova Middle Blocker 1.90 76 (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 22)
17 Dominican Republic Bethania de la Cruz Outside Hitter 1.88 68 (1987-05-13) 13 May 1987 (age 30)
18 Croatia Maja Poljak Middle Blocker 1.94 73 (1983-05-02) 2 May 1983 (age 34)
19 Russia Anna Malova Libero 1.75 59 (1990-04-16) 16 April 1990 (age 27)

Notable players

  • Soviet Union Larisa Bergen
  • Soviet Union Lyudmila Buldakova
  • Soviet Union Aleksandra Chudina
  • Soviet Union Sofia Gorbunova
  • Soviet Union Marita Katusheva
  • Soviet Union Irina Kirillova
  • Soviet Union Liliya Konovalova
  • Soviet Union Lyubov Kozyreva
  • Soviet Union Tatyana Kraynova
  • Soviet Union Serafirna Kundirenko
  • Soviet Union Sinaida Kuskina
  • Soviet Union Nina Muradyan
  • Soviet Union Vera Oserova
  • Soviet Union Nataliya Razumova
  • Soviet Union Antonina Ryzhova
  • Soviet Union Rosa Salikhova
  • Soviet Union Lyudmila Shchetinina
  • Soviet Union Nina Smoleyeva
  • Soviet Union Lidia Strelnikova
  • Soviet Union Tatyana Tretyakova
  • Soviet Union Zoya Yusova
  • Russia Elena Ezhova
  • Russia Ekaterina Gamova
  • Russia Elena Godina
  • Russia Nataliya Goncharova
  • Russia Tatiana Kosheleva
  • Russia Ekaterina Kosianenko
  • Russia Svetlana Kryuchkova
  • Russia Anna Matienko
  • Russia Yulia Merkulova
  • Russia Maria Perepelkina
  • Russia Irina Tebenikhina
  • Russia Yana Shcherban
  • Azerbaijan Oksana Parkhomenko
  • Brazil Fernanda Garay
  • Bulgaria Eva Yaneva
  • Croatia Nataša Osmokrović
  • Croatia Maja Poljak
  • Croatia Sanja Popovic
  • Cuba Yaima Ortiz
  • Germany Angelina Grün
  • Italy Carolina Costagrande
  • Italy Simona Gioli
  • Dominican Republic Bethania de la Cruz
  • United States Logan Tom
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