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Monday, July 24th 2017, 4:33pm

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

just finished watching the replay of JPN VS RUS and all I can say is SNOOZE-FEST. this is like the worst Japan's game throughout the entire tournament although they managed to win. I like #7 from RUS . she jumps high even with her height although most of the times she seems clueless of what to do on court when she is covering. i think she will be a good successor for Goncharova (sorry Malykh, but I think your time is up).RUS players need to improve their agility. they are so slow on court. there...

Monday, July 24th 2017, 3:15am

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Just finished watching the TUR VS THA replay. Nootsara is really a treasure. One of the best setters of all time. Fernanda Venturrini, Fofao, Takeshita, and I can add Nootsara to the list. That tip she did on the 2nd set at 22 all is just purely amazing. On a side note, TUR looked really pathetic during this game. What happened to them? I can imagine Erda, Neslihan, Naz, and co laughing their asses off looking at these hopeless team.

Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 1:35pm

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Quoted from "Rains_of_Castamere" Quoted from "vabo" Italy is playing with its B team, it's normal that it's losing badly against any decent team playing home. This Thailand better make it to Tokyo 2020 without Japan and maybe China as well in the OQT There's still South Korea... At this point I dont think South Korea will be a threat anymore. They only have KYK and I guess years from now she wont be at her best level anymore. But maybe I am wrong coz the legendary KYK always shows up when it ma...

Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 1:24pm

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Quoted from "vabo" Italy is playing with its B team, it's normal that it's losing badly against any decent team playing home. This Thailand better make it to Tokyo 2020 without Japan and maybe China as well in the OQT They have a huge chance imo. And to think about it, they will have these new generation developing for 3 more years then finally performing in Olympic is just simply amazing. I cannot wait to see what this Thai NT (especially Kongyot) bring to the table.

Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 1:19pm

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Quoted from "Matthias" If Nootsara and Thinkaow stay around for some more years, the new Thai generation is going to be much stronger than the old one. Ajcharaporn - Moksri - Pimpichaya trio is a lot stronger in attack than Onuma - Malika - Wilavan IMO. There are rumors that Nootsara will only play until Olympic Qualification and then she will retires from the NT. Nootsara-Pleumjit connection is one of the best setter-MB duo I have ever seen in my life. I agree that these trio of youngsters are...

Thursday, July 20th 2017, 11:05am

Author: akitoakie

Japanese NT 2017

So, Miyashita is out of the roster. Too bad. I thought she will have her time this final week. Hope I can see her in next tournament.

Thursday, July 20th 2017, 2:27am

Author: akitoakie

Italian NT 2017

I really think that this is handled poorly. I am not taking sides, just spilling my cup of tea here. Zaytsev signed a deal with Adidas (a brand that I personally adore) earlier. I think when a major star like him signed a deal with one of the biggest sports brands in the entire world, everyone will take notice. FIPAV, by then, should have known about Zaytsev and Adidas partnership. Therefore, a meeting between FIPAV, Mizuno, Adidas, and Zaytsev himself should have been held before any contractua...

Wednesday, July 19th 2017, 6:49am

Author: akitoakie

2017 / 2018 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

I am sooo happy for her. The fact that an Italian team acknowledge her means a lot to Thai volleyball program. Is she the first ever Thais to play in Italy? Has Onuma played there before? I am really excited to see Ajcharaporn come to her full potential. She has the jumping height and has the power, but sometimes she makes stupid decisions when spiking. Of course she is young and has time to improve. This is going to boost Thai volleyball program even more. Ajcharaporn and Koga are the two young...

Sunday, July 16th 2017, 8:52am

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Did Japan beat Brazil? Didn't watch the match.

Sunday, July 16th 2017, 8:50am

Author: akitoakie

Japanese NT 2017

Quoted from "sitenoise" Yuki Ishii is struggling a bit. I bet her stats are okay but she's made a few more mistakes than usual, I think. It's a Sleepy Sister issue. I don't notice all that she does that's good, because it's expected, and usually without flourish. What is a Sleepy Sister? Care to elaborate?

Friday, July 14th 2017, 12:34pm

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Anyone watching Japan VS Thailand right now? Who is playing on both sides? Is it an exciting match?

Friday, July 14th 2017, 4:12am

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Quoted from "sitenoise" I'm catching up on some of last week's games. Starting to really like NED. They're quick, they hit hard, and look like they have good team chemistry. But I can't figure their rotation. Seems Plak and that beautiful blond setter rotate in and out like other teams rotate a libero with the middle blocker. I'm not well versed in this stuff but I don't think I've seen a setter get rotated like that. Is that common for them? I keep seeing the one player I've liked before sitti...

Friday, July 14th 2017, 3:47am

Author: akitoakie

Brazilian NT 2017

I don't know what to say about Natalia. She was playing really amazing with Fenerbahce during their season. But she has performing really poorly with the NT and Coach Ze seems to not care at all. Maybe because she is still exhausted from the long season of the League or what. Or maybe she is readjusting to the Brazilian style of fast attacking as she has been playing really high ball with Fenerbahce. I really hope she steps up her game because without a killing machine on the left side like her,...

Wednesday, July 12th 2017, 4:02pm

Author: akitoakie

Japanese NT 2017

Quoted from "sitenoise" Quoted from "sitenoise" Midway through the 4th set NED coach says again "Stay away from #4" but I think he's talking about serving. Shinnabe is a good receiver. Haha. Smart coach I watched the NED match again because it's a fun one and NED coach does say "Don't serve to #4 (Shinnabe). I'm okay serving to the Libero now. Stay away from #4". Good for Risa. She deserves that respect. Also, at the end of the game when Nabeya scores the match point and all the girls run to hu...

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 4:10am

Author: akitoakie

Your Favorite Volleyball Golden Triangle/Holy Trinity?

I am just wondering which is your favorite golden triangle or holy trinity in volleyball teams? golden triangle or holy trinity which i am referring to is the trio that simply carry the team whether it is on offensive skills or defensive skills. let's share our favorite, be it the women's or the men's. my all time favorite golden triangle will be Mari-Paula-Sheila of the Brazilian Women NT. these players were the epitome of killing machines back in their glory days, especially during the Beijing...

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 4:01am

Author: akitoakie

Brazilian NT 2017

i personally think that these two years will be hard for brazil as most of the young players will be going through their transition phase, and their senior players are getting older. there are some good prospects like drussyla, rosamaria, and lorenne but it all depends on how much time on court Coach Ze will be given them. Coach Ze should realize his mistakes during the Rio Olympic cycle. i wish Thaisa will get well soon and get back into her 2013 shape. drussyla and rosamaria will have to fight...

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 3:52am

Author: akitoakie

Japanese NT 2017

Japan has always have special place in my heart. Brazil will always be my #1 favorite, but Japan comes close. Watching Japan plays is another type of excitement you can only get when you see their crazy defensive skills. Japan is no powerhouse when it comes to hitting, but everyone who loves volleyball knows when it comes to floor defense, Japan is on another level. I think the fact that they are shorter than all the other girls forced them to work on their defense floor more. some people say th...

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 2:08am

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Quoted from "harboboy" Btw, I guess there are some changes in the roster of Turkey, Seems like Gamze is not playing the 2nd week, she posted a picture where she thanked the Ankara crowd and already wished luck to the girls. Maybe she is in maybe not. Özgenur is for sure in, she wasnt last weekend so is Dicle too, that mean she got the place of either Beyza Kübra or Asli. Quoted from "harboboy" Btw, I guess there are some changes in the roster of Turkey, Seems like Gamze is not playing the 2nd w...

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 2:05am

Author: akitoakie

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

I found the solution for the country restriction on YouTube. I can't watch it live tho, only replay. I will search the match on Google, typing full name of the match such as World Grand Prix 2017 Japan VS Netherlands, then the first option will be the FIVB video. I click on it and it will open the YouTube page and of course it wilk show the "blocked in your country" notification. Then comes the trick: on the url bar, change the word "youtube" to "youpak". Such as www. youtube. com/jsgaibdie to w...