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Agguerro

Intermediate

  • "Agguerro" is male

Posts: 471

Favourite Team: Sada Cruzeiro, Brazil NT (M and F), China F team (2004-2008), Italy F team (2007), Chinese W team (current)

Favourite Players: Lucarelli, Cuban women's team 2000, Montano, Jacqueline, Fe Garay, Thaisa, Sheila, Fabiana, Logan Tom, Musavi, Sokolov, Fecundo Conte, Ngapeth, Del Core, Zhou Suhong, Anderson

Location: London

Occupation: Lecturer

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861

Yesterday, 1:36pm

Some observations..

1) There seems to be an increasing separation between the top 3 and the other 4 (including Italy). It will be interesting to see in this season how this balance will play out.

2) Poland really need Kubiak. His ability to keep his team on the front foot gives the other players a lot of confidence.

3) Brazil hasn't really improved much. Their blocking is probably currently the worst among the teams in the top 6 right now. Bruno seems to be having a loss of form - he lacks precision and clarity of thought during play. This is worrying given William's height disadvantage..the difference between him and William is huge at the moment.

4) Heynen is still the most irritating coach - and he doesnt seem to be compensating for Kubiak's absence by giving his team real direction.

5) France have the deepest roster among all teams - and the confidence in the bench players given how much time they have had on court is really showing. USA game showed real depth.

6) USA still need to find a way to gain consistency and manage errors, they seem to make the most errors among the teams - and their serving weapon is also their undoing. Where is Taylor Sander?

7)

862

Yesterday, 2:26pm

Some observations..

1) There seems to be an increasing separation between the top 3 and the other 4 (including Italy). It will be interesting to see in this season how this balance will play out.

2) Poland really need Kubiak. His ability to keep his team on the front foot gives the other players a lot of confidence.

3) Brazil hasn't really improved much. Their blocking is probably currently the worst among the teams in the top 6 right now. Bruno seems to be having a loss of form - he lacks precision and clarity of thought during play. This is worrying given William's height disadvantage..the difference between him and William is huge at the moment.

4) Heynen is still the most irritating coach - and he doesnt seem to be compensating for Kubiak's absence by giving his team real direction.

5) France have the deepest roster among all teams - and the confidence in the bench players given how much time they have had on court is really showing. USA game showed real depth.

6) USA still need to find a way to gain consistency and manage errors, they seem to make the most errors among the teams - and their serving weapon is also their undoing. Where is Taylor Sander?

7)
2. I hope Kubiak come back in the final, but it maybe not due to his eyes condition as someone already confirmed. Actually, he is not an excellent OH, but his consitent and leading will make different. I saw Mika played well some previous mathes, wish he has good form in final.

6. I beleive US now can beat any teams but can be defeated by any in top 6 as well :wall: Sander is comming back home with wife and waiting for his first baby :D :D

Ryu Takamiya

Intermediate

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Posts: 220

Favourite Team: Men:Russia/Serbia/France Women:Japan/Russia/Serbia

Favourite Players: M.Nagaoka Y.Ishii Goncharova Gamova Shashkova Fetisova Walewska Del Core Rasic Ognjenovic Castillo Malova

Location: Japan

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863

Yesterday, 6:23pm

Sander's young brother doesn't reach this level...
He made 5 passing errors during this 10 minutes :gone:

saishuu

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Posts: 2,363

Favourite Team: BRA (M/F); Trentino, Minas Tênis Clube

Location: Ceará, Brazil

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864

Yesterday, 6:27pm

Sander's young brother doesn't reach this level...
He made 5 passing errors during this 10 minutes :gone:

I was just about to comment on this. Poor guy couldn't even pass seemingly simple serves.
ETA: having Holt, Langlois and Ensing on court at the same time is so odd lmao they all look alike
Gold - European Championship 2013 (M) Prediction Game
Bronze - World Championship 2014 (W) Prediction Game

Mapuan

I want you!

  • "Mapuan" is male

Posts: 392

Favourite Team: USA NT

Favourite Players: Hooker, Lloyd, Anderson, Jaeschke, Sander, Bartmann, Tonitui, Holt, Christensen, Kubiak

Location: Asia

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865

Yesterday, 6:33pm

Sander's young brother doesn't reach this level...
He made 5 passing errors during this 10 minutes :gone:
I don't know why he got invited. He's not even considered a class A OH even in college.

It's good to see that the newly grads are getting court time but I don't see any of them getting any success in the pro league and National Team with the exception of DeFalco and Jendryk. I'm tired of waiting for Patch to be consistent but he has the tools if he wants to.

There's so much potential in the youngsters of Russia.

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About me: Favorite teams: M: USA, Serbia, Italy,Russia, Perugia, PGE Skra, Taubate W: Brazil, Japan, Serbia, wherever club Queen Sheilla is at...

"Be careful how you treat people. What you do to others has a funny way of coming back on you..."

Location: End of the f****** world

Occupation: Prostitution... Do you believe me? :-*

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866

Yesterday, 6:54pm

I wouldn't sleep on Ensing.

In the last game against France, when he was sent in to replace Anderson, USA played better and he is also doing a great job against Russia.

He's a generic opposite but he doesn't commit a lot of mistakes for a rookie.
Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

Ryu Takamiya

Intermediate

  • "Ryu Takamiya" is male

Posts: 220

Favourite Team: Men:Russia/Serbia/France Women:Japan/Russia/Serbia

Favourite Players: M.Nagaoka Y.Ishii Goncharova Gamova Shashkova Fetisova Walewska Del Core Rasic Ognjenovic Castillo Malova

Location: Japan

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867

Yesterday, 7:16pm

I'm wondering who takes 4th OH positon at world championship.
Russell,Sander,and Defalco obviously secure their spots, but Langlois & B.Sander are quite weak on this level (Jaeschke ;( ).

inc0gnito

Intermediate

Posts: 572

Favourite Team: Russian NT, Serbia NT

Favourite Players: W: Nataliya Goncharova, Irina Fetisova, Tatiana Kosheleva, Evgeniya Startseva, Stefana Veljkovic, Maja Ognejovic, Saori Kimura, Thaisa Menesez M: Maxim Mikhaylov

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868

Yesterday, 7:30pm

Philippov had 6 aces in three sets! I think he has just secured the 4th MB spot/serving specialist for WCH: Muserskiy, Volvich, Vlasov, Philippov

Poletaev played better against USA today. I hope Russia and USA will be in different group and face each other in the semis so we can see Mikhaylov x Anderson matchup :cheesy:

ryleybarnes

Intermediate

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Location: Canada​

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869

Yesterday, 10:20pm

France played their worst game this season.

saishuu

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Posts: 2,363

Favourite Team: BRA (M/F); Trentino, Minas Tênis Clube

Location: Ceará, Brazil

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870

Yesterday, 10:21pm

This schedule for the Australian leg is messing with my head. lol Given the discrepancy in timezones, Brazil is effectively playing two games today in our timezone (against Poland at 7AM earlier and later today at 11PM against Argentina).
Gold - European Championship 2013 (M) Prediction Game
Bronze - World Championship 2014 (W) Prediction Game

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