Lausanne, Switzerland, April 24, 2015 - The European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) has named Tatiana Kosheleva overall top scorer of the season across all CEV competitions. Amassing an incredible 245 points in twelve matches plus two CEV Cup Golden Sets, the 26-year-old Dinamo Krasnodar outside hitter was one of only four players to break the 200-mark.
The 1.91m tall spiker now has another mountain to climb - and a lot more scoring to do - if she is to help her team achieve the incredible at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship Zurich 2015, which begins in less than two weeks.
Kosheleva, who was MVP of the 2013 CEV European Championship with the Russian national team and also MVP of the 2014 Russian Superleague with her former club Dinamo Moscow, will be leading the attack at Zurich 2015, with two goals in sight. There are two records waiting to be broken: USA’s Keba Phipps scored 99 playing for Italy’s Parmalat Matera in the 1994 edition of the Club World Championships - but that was with the old scoring system and also included sideouts. Since the introduction of the rally-score system, another Russian - Ekaterina Gamova - has scored 85 points in one event - as she led Dinamo Kazan to the gold medals last year.
That makes for averages per match of 24.75 for Phipps and 21.25 for Gamova. Kosheleva’s average in the CEV Cup this season was 20.42.
Then there’s another prolific scorer to watch out for at Zurich 2015. Ukranian opposite Olesia Rykhliuk was among the four that topped the 200-mark in Europe this season. Rykhliuk (who stands even taller than Kosheleva at 1.94m.) scored 201 for Volero Zurich in the CEV Denizbank Champions League, in just ten matches and one Golden Set (as Volero didn’t make it to the Final Four). That means Rykhliuk is on a match average of 20.1.