London 2012

Russia sink Team GB

Disappointment on debut for British volleyball team

Last Updated: 29/07/12 11:57am

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Russia were too strong for Great Britain

Russia were too strong for Great Britain

Great Britain's women's Olympic debut ended in despair as they were whitewashed 3-0 by world champions Russia at Earls Court.

Taking the stage after a six-year battle with funding problems, Audrey Cooper's women were understandably brimming with enthusiasm and matched their well-regarded opponents for the majority of the first set.

A predicted gulf in class eventually appeared, though, with concentration errors costing them the opener and giving Russia the platform they needed to go ahead and secure a comfortable opening win 25-19 25-10 25-16.

There were some bright spots for the hosts, with Ciara Michel performing well up high and Rachel Bragg and Grace Carter displaying some hitting that will certainly trouble Algeria on Monday in their next game.

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