Evgeniya Starceva

Evgeniya Starceva

Russian volleyball player, setter.
Date of Birth: 12.02.1989
Country: Russia

  1. Biography of Evgeniya Startseva
  2. Early Life
  3. Volleyball Career
  4. Personal Life
  5. Current Status

Biography of Evgeniya Startseva

Evgeniya Aleksandrovna Startseva, a Russian volleyball player, is known for her long eyelashes, which have become a trademark of the Russian national volleyball team. She considers her craziest act to be a trip to the Spanish amusement park "PortAventura". Evgeniya was born on February 12, 1989, in Chelyabinsk, the capital of the Southern Ural region. She is an Aquarius according to her zodiac sign. She grew up with her older sister, Yulia, in a positive and modest manner, causing no trouble for her parents. Her mother even worried that Evgeniya only did what she was told.

Early Life

At the age of 7, Startseva started playing volleyball in a local sports club. She joined the club by chance when an agent came to her school looking for tall girls. Initially, she treated the game as a hobby for the first few years. When she was 10 years old, based on the advice of a coach who recognized her immense potential, Startseva was sent to a sports school. Under the guidance of coach Lyudmila Sukhova, Startseva grew and improved. She had very little free time as she would come home exhausted after three-hour training sessions and could barely manage to do her homework.

Volleyball Career

Startseva's sports career began with victories. She became a three-time Russian champion among junior sports schools and a two-time champion of the Russian student Spartakiad. For 5 years, she played for the Chelyabinsk club "Avtodar-Metar" before joining Krasnodar's "Dynamo" in 2010. Startseva continuously added to her collection of awards, winning the Russian Cup and the European Volleyball Confederation Cup with Krasnodar.

In 2012, she moved to Kazan and began playing for the local "Dynamo" club. Startseva achieved incredible success in this club. Due to her charisma and leadership qualities, she became the captain of every team she played for, including "Dynamo" after four years of joining the club. Together with her Kazan teammates, she won the Russian Championship and the Russian Cup multiple times. Her collection of awards also includes the CEV Champions League, the Club World Championship, and the CEV Cup.

In the qualification tournament for the 2008 Grand Prix, Startseva made her debut in the Russian national team. In the same year, she participated in the Yeltsin Cup and the World University Games. Startseva collected an impressive collection of medals with the Russian national team, becoming a world champion, European champion, and winning medals in the World Cup and Grand Prix. The only medal missing from her collection was an Olympic medal.

Personal Life

Startseva prefers to keep her personal life private. According to her, she values intelligence and a sense of humor in men. It doesn't matter to her if her partner earns less than her as money is not the most important factor for Startseva.

She enjoys participating in photoshoots and shares beautiful photos with her followers on Instagram. Her social media page is filled with pictures of her family and beloved dog. Her followers particularly enjoy the vibrant photos from her travels around Europe, where they can admire her tall figure (height - 185 cm, weight - 68 kg) in a swimsuit.

Startseva has a close relationship with her older sister, who has given her a nephew.

In interviews, Startseva has admitted that there is no secret to her beauty and youthfulness. In fact, her teammates used to tease her by calling her a "witch". She doesn't follow strict diets but tries to avoid unhealthy food. However, she does have a weakness for pastries.

Current Status

After a disappointing 2020/2021 season, Startseva unexpectedly left Kazan's "Dynamo-Ak Bars" club, which she had been a part of for 9 years. According to the athlete, the decision to terminate her contract was carefully considered as she wanted to step out of her comfort zone, grow, and develop.

The Russian national team also had an unsuccessful performance in the 2021 Volleyball Nations League, failing to reach the playoffs after 15 rounds.

In the summer of 2021, Startseva joined the Russian women's national volleyball team to compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The team lost to Italy and Turkey in the group stage but defeated Argentina, China, and the United States in the quarter-finals. However, they were ultimately defeated by Brazil with a score of 1-3, ending their competition.