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15/03/2016 01:33
Azerbaijan’s superstar Polina Rahimova recounts Japanese experience including world-record performance
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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15, 2016. The national championships of many countries as well as the European Cups are entering their deciding stages but for one of the major stars on the roster of Azerbaijan’s women’s national Volleyball team, Polina Rahimova, the 2015-2016 season has just come to an end. Rahimova played this year in Japan for Toyota Auto Body Queenseis and her team eventually finished the Japanese V.Premier League in fifth place. Rahimova stood out by breaking a world record as she scored 58 points in one match and also by claiming a number of individual awards.

The Uzbek-born Rahimova has spent the last couple of seasons in Asia, playing first in Korea for SUWON Hyundai E&C before continuing her professional career in Japan. Polina can be happy with her Japanese experience as she finished the season being awarded as the Best Scorer and Best Server of the V.Premier League. Rahimova was also included on an ideal ‘Dream Team’ consisting of the six best players of the competition and she also claimed a newly introduced prize for the number of service aces she scored throughout the season.

However, her most remarkable achievement came from a match she played against Hitachi Rivale where she scored the incredible tally of 58 points, an all-time world record resulting from 52 winning spikes, three blocks and three aces in a 3-2 victory over the team from Hitachinaka.

Rahimova commented about this achievement: “I deliberately do not follow the statistics. And after the game I knew that I had performed well, but I did not think about the record at all. I realised I had accomplished this feat only when a representative of my team, Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, showed up to congratulate me and said that I had scored 58 points in that match, thereby setting a new world record. At first, I could not believe it, and I needed some more time to better understand what I had done.”

She shares some additional insights on her Japanese experience: “All the teams defend extremely well there, so sometimes you have to hit really hard in order to finish the rally. On top of this, they do analyse your performances in detail and with a lot of care, so it becomes difficult to score as they know exactly where you will be hitting. Volleyball players, standing on the other side of the net, are well aware that the main danger in the game of Toyota Auto Body Queenseis comes from me, so they always take appropriate measures to defend and block as well. It is therefore necessary to search for other solutions and this stimulates my personal development as a player.”

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