VK Rivaal Rakvere

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VK Rivaal Rakvere
Full name MTÜ Rakvere VK Rivaal/FruitXpress
Founded 1990
Ground Rakvere Spordihall, Rakvere
(Capacity: 2400)
Chairman Estonia Verner Aas
Manager Estonia Mati Merirand
League Estonian Volleyball League
Schenker League
2010–11 5th (Estonian League)
10th (Schenker League)
Website Club home page
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VK Rivaal Rakvere (temporarily named Rakvere FruitXpress due to sponsorship reasons[1]) is a professional volleyball team based in Rakvere, Estonia.[2] They play in the Estonian Volleyball League and the Schenker League.

History[edit]

VK Rivaal Rakvere was founded in 1990.[3]In the mid-nineties the club completed three-peat, winning three national championships in a row - 1995, 1996 and 1997. In 2001 an Estonian building material supplier Aeroc became the head sponsor for the team. 8 year tenure as a name sponsor ended in 2009 when local businessman Oleg Gross agreed to support the financial part of the team.[4]In the last seasons Rakvere GT has not enjoyed the success they went through in the 90's. Mati Merirand, who has been the head coach for over 20 years already has won multiple Estonian Championships and Estonian Cups during franchise history.

  • 1990-01 VK Rivaal Rakvere
  • 2001–09 VK Aeroc Rakvere
  • 2009–12 Rakvere Grossi Toidukaubad
  • 2012- Rakvere FruitXpress

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup Schenker Coach Roster
1992–93 2nd Mati Merirand
1993–94 3rd Mati Merirand
1994–95 Champion Mati Merirand Teet Viita, Eivo Zuravljov, Kristjan Kurik, Kuido Kuntro, Janis Sirelpuu, Juri Konontshuk, Ivo Järvala, Jaan Rummi, Marko Loide, Laos Lukas
1995–96 Champion Winner Mati Merirand Ivo Järvala, Janis Sirelpuu, Kristjan Kurik, Laos Lukas, Kuido Kontro, Teet Viita, Eivo Zuravljov, Andrus Lehtpuu, Jarmo Neuhaus, Marko Loide, Juri Konontshuk, Jaan Rummi
1996–97 Champion Winner Mati Merirand Andrus Lehtpuu, Marko Loide, Ivo Järvala, Peeter Nirgi, Juri Konontshuk, Jarmo Neuhaus, Eivo Zuravljov, Laos Lukas, Teet Viita, Kristo Meius, Janis Sirelpuu, Kristjan Kurik
1997–98 3rd Mati Merirand
1998–99 3rd Mati Merirand
1999–00 3rd Mati Merirand
2000–01 3rd Mati Merirand
2001–02 4th Mati Merirand
2002–03 5th Mati Merirand
2003–04 5th 1/2 final Mati Merirand
2004–05 4th 1/4 final Mati Merirand Laos Lukas, Ivo Järvala, Herki Tuus, Andrus Palberg, Mati Murs, Harrys Puusepp, Hendrik Kurik, Eivo Zuravljov, Elia Lulla, Timo Tehvo, Rain Laanemets, Marek Korbelainen, Reimo Rannar, Roman Jelissejev
2005–06 5th 1/2 final 10th Mati Merirand Ivo Järvala, Herki Tuus, Andrus Palberg, Mait Murs, Hendrik Kurik, Elia Lulla, Timo Tehvo, Rain Laanemets, Marek Korbelainen, Reimo Rannar, Roman Jelissejev, Martti Juhkami, Raigo Tatrik
2006–07 4th 1/4 final 9th Mati Merirand Mait Murs, Reimo Rannar, Andrus Palberg, Hendrik Kurik, Ilmar Mõttus, Timo Laidroo, Elia Lulla, Timo Tehvo, Raigo Tatrik, Martti Juhkami, Hardi Paas, Roman Jelissejev
2007–08 6th 1/2 final 11th Mati Merirand Mait Murs, Reimo Rannar, Martti Juhkami, Andrus Palberg, Hendrik Kurik, Ilmar Mõttus, Timo Laidroo, Elia Lulla, Timo Tehvo, Kristjan Kurik, Virko Vantsi, Kaarel Pomerants, Hardi Paas, Roman Jelissejev, Harri Palmar
2008–09 4th 1/4 final 10th Mati Merirand Mait Murs, Reimo Rannar, Martti Juhkami, Andrus Palberg, Hendrik Kurik, Ilmar Mõttus, Timo Laidroo, Harri Palmar, Virko Vantsi, Kaarel Pomerants, Andri Leppik, Tanel Uusküla, Roman Jelissejev, Kaspar Pomerants
2009–10 4th 1/2 final 9th Mati Merirand Hardi Paas, Reimo Rannar, Tanel Uusküla, Andrus Palberg, Hendrik Kurik, Ilmar Mõttus, Ronald Järv, Harri Palmar, Virko Vantsi, Kaarel Pomerants, Marko Tali, Roman Jelissejev, Kaspar Pomerants, Andri Leppik
2010–11 5th 1/4 final 10th Mati Merirand Kaspar Pomerants, Arnold Annus, Ronald Järv, Hardi Talv, Hardi Paas, Reimo Rannar, Tanel Uusküla, Andrus Palberg, Hendrik Kurik, Ilmar Mõttus, Harri Palmar, Virko Vantsi, Kert Rang
2011–12 6th 1/4 final 9th Mati Merirand Hardi Paas, Kajar Kivioja, Andrus Palberg, Hendrik Kurik, Ilmar Mõttus, Harri Palmar, Virko Vantsi, Kaarel Pomerants, Mihkel Hiielaid, Sander Konso, Ronald Järv, Robert Viiber, Hardi Talv

Honours[edit]

Estonian League

  • Winners: 1995, 1996, 1997
  • Runners-up: 1993

Estonian Cup

  • Winners: 1996, 1997

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Coach: EstoniaUrmas Tali[5]


Shirt No Nationality Player Birth Date Height Position
1  Estonia Andris Õunpuu (1984-02-12) February 12, 1984 (age 33) 194 Universal
2  Estonia Stefan Kaibald (1997-05-19) May 19, 1997 (age 20) 189 Receiver
3  Estonia Kevin Saar (1995-01-15) January 15, 1995 (age 22) 186 Receiver
4  Estonia Aivar Silm (1985-02-25) February 25, 1985 (age 32) 192 Opposite
5  Estonia Hendrik Kurik (1985-12-06) December 6, 1985 (age 31) 197 Middle blocker
6  Estonia Rauno Tamme (1992-04-17) April 17, 1992 (age 25) 187 Receiver
7  Estonia Karel Ellermaa (1993-07-17) July 17, 1993 (age 23) 190 Setter
8  Estonia Karlis Mesila (1993-02-04) February 4, 1993 (age 24) 195 Opposite
9  Estonia Kaupo Kivisild (C) (1987-09-20) September 20, 1987 (age 29) 203 Middle blocker
11  Estonia Markus Uuskari (1997-04-22) April 22, 1997 (age 20) 193 Opposite
13  Estonia Ronald Järv (1993-05-10) May 10, 1993 (age 24) 178 Setter
14  Cuba Reidel Alfonso Gonzalez Toiran (1984-10-31) October 31, 1984 (age 32) 203 Receiver
16  Estonia Kaspar Pomerants (1992-05-28) May 28, 1992 (age 24) 182 Libero
18  Belarus Siarhei Taras (1988-02-07) February 7, 1988 (age 29) 205 Middle blocker

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rõõmusõnum Rakverele: võrgumeeskond leidis nimisponsori". Õhtuleht. 8 October 2012. Accessed 8 October 2012. (Estonian)
  2. ^ VK Rivaal Rakvere
  3. ^ Klubi at rivaal.ri.ee Accessed 1 April 2012. (Estonian)
  4. ^ Hiiemaa, Ann. "Rakvere võrkpallimeeskonna uueks nimeks on Grossi Toidukaubad". Postimees. 24 September 2009. Accessed 1 April 2012. (Estonian)
  5. ^ Meeskond 2014/15 Accessed 2 May 2015. (Estonian)

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