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Wednesday, July 12th 2017, 12:25am

Author: usantvolleyball

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

Series A1 schedule calendar for 2017/18? Is it available yet? When does it usually get published. I have a chance to be in Italy in late November and recollect that the season will just be starting. Thanks

Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 7:12am

Author: usantvolleyball

2017 / 2018 Transfer News

Is this for real? I don't trust anything on volleytalk anymore. Any source? Geddy is a very reliable source about this stuff since he works in LA area (what's your occupation again, Geddy? haha..) so I would believe him. Disappointing news, but she's had a great career, from being a walk on at UCLA, to leading the nation in points and kills her senior year, and bursting onto the national team scene a year before the olympics. Perhaps she might change her mind closer to the olympics (2019?) and g...

Monday, June 5th 2017, 2:47am

Author: usantvolleyball

Volleyball players who make you horny

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Saturday, May 27th 2017, 6:24am

Author: usantvolleyball

2017 / 2018 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

Lest we forget that last year with Kim Hill in the starting lineup for the Turkish League VAkif won the gold and she MVP'ed something that didn't happen this year with Zhu. They also got to the CL finals but lost to Pomi. Unfortunately the CWC's were delayed by the Olympics and played in the fall when the teams had already drastically changed. Zhu no doubt is a great player but her presence does not guarantee success as we saw losses to FB for the Turkish Cup, mid season and to Gala in the semi'...

Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 8:48am

Author: usantvolleyball

Women's Club World Championship 2017

At Novara she played as an OH with Hill and Barun was the opposite. That was the first year back from her injury and her PED suspension. Novara unexpectedly ran the table that year and lost the Scudetto in the fifth set against Pomi. It was a huge success for Novara and Hill's play was a spring board for her move to Vakif and Klineman went to Brazil.

Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 6:22am

Author: usantvolleyball

Women's Club World Championship 2017

Klineman along with Hooker was recently named to the Brazilian all-star first team. Klineman as a receiver is in the same class as Hodge. The big difference is that she has never been a big fan of Karch and has not needed the NT exposure to land big contracts. I think she saw clearly and early on that she could play every summer for the NT and still end up like Faucett and be left home for a cheer leader. Klineman is a lot like Hooker and Tom in her personality. She's successful at what she does...

Wednesday, May 17th 2017, 6:12am

Author: usantvolleyball

Women's Club World Championship 2017

Vakif didn't unexpectantly lose in the Turkish League semi-finals. They played without Rasic who was injured for both games and her sub was a dramatically lower quality player. It showed that when it comes to the Turkish League with their 3 foreigner limit that the worlds best MB was a bigger loss then say Zhu as the best OH. You can only play 2 OH's at a time and it was more consequential not to have Rasic then to say have Hill instead of Zhu. One of the things VB gave up to sign Zhu was Robin ...

Monday, May 15th 2017, 11:47pm

Author: usantvolleyball

Women's Club World Championship 2017

Just a reminder regarding some of your conclusions. The loss to Gala shows the importance of Rasic as one of the best MB's in world. She missed both of those games due to injury. With Rasic VB probably would have swept every major medal. The difference between the very best teams is very small and the littlest changes can have large consequences. Rexona was in every set against VB right up to the end of each. VB has a harder time replacing Rasic then Zhu. You might recall that last year VB playe...

Monday, May 15th 2017, 9:39am

Author: usantvolleyball

Women's Club World Championship 2017

Vakif kept their starting rotation from last year replacing only Robin and Bujis with Zhu. By the end of the season Bujis was a bench player just as she has now become in Rexona. Once again her questionable reception has bumped her from being a regular rotation player. There are very few players of Hill's quality who would be content to only play part of the season, CL and CWC, as the three foreigner rule keeps her off the floor during the Turkish League season. Hill's primary motivation is bein...

Friday, May 12th 2017, 8:43am

Author: usantvolleyball

Women's Club World Championship 2017

Gabi and Kim Hill both had their break out NT seasons in 2013. At that time during the Brazil vs USA summer matches Gabi showed a higher level of play. Obviously Hill has had greater success since but you have to love Gabi's exuberant play and that big arm swing. If Gabi had even just a few of Kim Hill's inches she would be one of the top OH's in the world. She still is a great club player but her size really creates a negative against the really good tall blocking national teams which has limit...

Monday, May 8th 2017, 6:46am

Author: usantvolleyball

2017 / 2018 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

The one skill that you left out is the serving skill which is very important at the highest level. Serving skill: Hill-Larson-Robinson-Hodge. The question regarding Hill is whether you have the Guidetti/Hill or the Karche/Hill. If you have the Guidetti/HIll then I would right now choose her over both Larson and Robinson as OH 2 with Hodge functioning as OH 1 although I haven't seen Hodge this year to evaluate how she is playing. The karche/HIll is an enigma. One game, say the Dutch bronze match ...

Saturday, May 6th 2017, 9:37pm

Author: usantvolleyball

2017 / 2018 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

Robinson may be fine for the Italian league but when it comes to the USNT when she is paired with Larson the US just ends up with two defensive OH's and with out the fire power of OP like Hooker they just don't have enough on the attack to compete with the likes of China (ZHU), an improved Serbia (Boskovic), and maybe even Italy (Egonu) when their other young players peak. Robinson does great against the shorter teams like Japan but up against tall blockers she ends up doing a lot of tipping. Sh...

Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 6:46pm

Author: usantvolleyball

CEV Champions League 2017

When Hill is attacking like this as the defensive OH then you know Vb is going to continue to roll.

Sunday, April 9th 2017, 9:48pm

Author: usantvolleyball

Turkish League 2016/2017

Maybe it's time for Hooker to come play in the Turkish league. She is killing in the Brazilian league and on the cusp of leading Minas, 2-1 best of five, to a major upset of Rexona in the playoffs. That would be a huge plus for her. She has already inserted herself back into the discussion as to who is the best OP. However her love affair with Brazil may keep her from transferring. She looks to have 2 or 3 really solid years of playing left in her career.

Friday, March 31st 2017, 6:06am

Author: usantvolleyball

Turkish League 2016/2017

The big question is can they beat Volero without her? They looked shaky in their away match against BJK. I know Guidetti is innovative and I wonder if he will try to get Hill on the floor as MB against Volero. She played two years as a MB at Pepperdine U in her first two years of college. They are at risk to lose against Volero because Rasic brings so much with her blocking and front set attack. Last year they had her plus Robin. This year they have to fall back on Kubra and ?. It would be a hug...

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 9:47pm

Author: usantvolleyball

CEV Champions League 2017

Hill is like a Swiss Army knife. She can do a lot of things well. She played big last year against Velero.

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 9:25pm

Author: usantvolleyball

CEV Champions League 2017

When Hill is the least targeted receiver and VB still wins it says something about the power of their attack. Vb playing well as a team.

Thursday, March 23rd 2017, 9:06pm

Author: usantvolleyball

CEV Champions League 2017

Actually VB beat this team last year with the same players minus Zhu and Volero is little changed from last year.