Kublina Switch To Prague; Vetra's Early Days

20.01.2009

Ieva Kublina didn't reach the EuroLeague Women play-offs with TTT Riga but she will still be making an appearance after leaving the Latvian club for ZVVZ USK Prague.

Kublina, a Latvia international who will be in action this summer when her country hosts the EuroBasket Women, has confirmed her move to the Czech Republic to eSports.lv.

The 1.93m center averaged 9.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for Riga in group play in the EuroLeague Women.

She and Prague will take on two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region in the Eighth-Final play-offs.

So Far, So Good For UMMC Coach Vetra

UMMC Ekaterinburg made a headline-grabbing move over the holidays by parting with French coach Laurent Buffard and replacing him with Gundars Vetra - the man who had been leading CSKA Moscow since last season.

Vetra's CSKA team lost to UMMC in last year's EuroLeague Women Quarter-Finals but nevertheless impressed the Ekaterinburg hierarchy with his work in the women's game.

Svetlana Abrosimova, a Russia international that plays for UMMC, wrote about Vetra in her blog on http://www.ugmk.basket.com/.

"Change - that`s a word used to describe the first practices with Vetra," Abrosimova wrote.

"Buffard was a great coach, however, he didn`t adapt to Russian realities, communicated with English- and Russian-speaking players constantly using translator services and in that time lost some links with players.

"But he was kind and was trying to improve.

"Vetra has a perfect command of both - English and Russian - and finds a contact with players from the start. This is very important in women`s teams.

"Everything began to work in a more effective way, and a dimension with more clarity was added.

"We have to adapt new offensive and defensive systems in a short span of time. And at the same time I feel  that with the changes, we will be able to show our potential and achieve more than before."

UMMC face TEO Vilnius in the Eighth-Finals.


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