Russia outclass Britain’s women’s volleyballers

Captain Lynne Beattie was proud of Britain’s women’s volleyball team despite them being outclassed by Russia in their opening game of London 2012 at Earls Court.

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Beattie and co lost in straight sets 25-19, 25-10, 25-16 as the world champions put on a formidable display first time out.

But 26-year-old Beattie revealed that the honour of leading Britain out in front of the 15,000 crowd was career high.

“I’ve never experienced that before. I’ve played abroad in front of other crowds but, to play at home and lead out my team in front of 15,000 people, is the highlight of my career so far,” she said.

“Russia are world champions and we knew it would be a tough match. We went out with all guns blazing. We take so many positives from that performance, we can definitely do well against Algeria.”

In the hardest of starts, coach Audrey Cooper was encouraged by a positive performance in Great Britain’s first ever appearance in indoor volleyball at an Olympic Games.

“It was always going to be tough,” she said. “It was our first game but we didn’t show any nerves from the start and we caused lots of problems for Russia, which is what we intended to do.

“We let ourselves down in the second set but managed to pick up our game plan in the third set to bounce back somewhat.”

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