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Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 7:05pm

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

Quoted from "Ryu Takamiya" I'm wonderling about Russian defence system, When Goncharova and Frolova are in back row, Goncharova is on position 6 and Frolova is on position 1. If my memory serves me correctly, Goncharova always stay position 1 in Moscow. Yes I noticed this as well (and Kosheleva will be in position 6) in the past.. maybe they changed the rotation? And Goncharova hits MUCH better through 1 than 6 due to her goofy approach.

Tuesday, September 12th 2017, 12:07am

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

So after a disappointing 4th place finish (Russia could have claimed Bronze, they were leading 18-15 in the fourth set against the US) what can the Russians improve going to ECH and ultimately, the World Championships next year? Overall, I would still consider Russia a Top 6 Team, and arguably the 2nd best team in Europe after Serbia. I will start with the most polarizing topic: Frolova. She stabilized Russia's reception yes, but not significantly better than what Shcherban has been doing the pa...

Saturday, September 9th 2017, 6:32am

Author: inc0gnito

Women's World Grand Champions Cup 2017

Kosheleva is playing really bad she can't kill a ball even on a good set. Maybe the coach can try Voronkova

Friday, September 8th 2017, 7:10am

Author: inc0gnito

Women's World Grand Champions Cup 2017

Kosheleva doesn't really go over most of the blocks compared to in the past. Age perhaps? Voronkova is really the only OH who can substitute her in terms of attack.

Friday, September 8th 2017, 6:18am

Author: inc0gnito

Women's World Grand Champions Cup 2017

I don't understand the Russian coach, why is Frolova not being subbed whenever she is in the front

Thursday, September 7th 2017, 10:54pm

Author: inc0gnito

Women's World Grand Champions Cup 2017

Russia vs USA later today will be a possible battle for bronze. If RUS wins, they will only have one tough match versus China, and USA will still have Brazil and Japan. I don't see Russia beating China (not by a longshot), but of course USA can still win the rest of their games but is unlikely judging from their current performance. Let's see if USA girls can stop the power-hitting duo of Goncharova-Kosheleva

Tuesday, September 5th 2017, 7:12am

Author: inc0gnito

Women's World Grand Champions Cup 2017

Filishtinskata may set the MBs more, but Pankova is way better in setting Goncharova. It coaeted Russia that set

Friday, September 1st 2017, 6:17pm

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

What is Sperskayte doing there? She barely played (if at all) during WGP. Lazareva should have taken her spot unless she was injured? So this leaves either Voronkova or Ilchenko as second opp (but Voronkova most likely). When Koshe needs to be taken out o the game, this leaves Russia vulnerable as the only 'offenisve OH' who can replace her is Voronkova. Lastly, 4 MBs is a bit too much. It's not as if Russian MBs take the bulk of the team's offense anyways. Again, they should have taken the 4th ...

Thursday, August 31st 2017, 8:00pm

Author: inc0gnito

Men's European Championship 2017

Quoted from "vballextravaganza" Russia's serves and blocks are the key to there victory today. They didnt lose a single set till now. Mikhaylov is superb as always. Berezhko and Volkov play good in both defence and attack. They will get at least bronze medal for sure. By 'lose a single set til now' I think you meant 'lose a single set so far' right? Will Russia face Germany in the semis? If so, Russia will go straight to the Finals and will get SILVER at least. I just don't see Germany, with th...

Thursday, August 31st 2017, 7:53pm

Author: inc0gnito

Men's European Championship 2017

Russia winning comfortably 3-0 and even with less firepower not fielding in Kliuka for the match. Berezkho-Volkov OH pair seems really stable. I don't know if you guys noticed it as well, but Volkov has that Bienek-style hybrid serve but less effective than the original IMO

Friday, August 25th 2017, 1:26am

Author: inc0gnito

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 | Egypt

Russia defeated Brazil 4-3 in a best-of-seven sets at the U23 Men's to book a ticket to the Finals vs Argentina. Russian players that stood out in the SF were Bogdan, 21 (OH) and Chereiskii, 22 (MB). It's interesting to note just two years ago at the U21, Russia and Argentina met in the finals with Russia prevailing in 5 (D. Volkov was actually part of that squad, but has since moved to senior NT). If Russia wins tomorrow, we will have another new generation of Russian "golden boys" following in...

Thursday, August 3rd 2017, 1:30am

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

Quoted from "Serena" Svetlana Kryuchkova (L) summoned to the national team of Russia for participation in the Champions Cup I wonder why Kryuchkova was called back to NT. Problem with their current liberos perhaps? IIRC she last played with NT in 2014 WCH.

Tuesday, August 1st 2017, 8:07pm

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

They will probably cut 1 setter and 1 OH. To be honest I will be surprised if Frolova makes it to the final list, Shcherban will most likely take her spot. Or the staff can do Marichev style and bring all 3 setters, and cut 2 OHs but it will more likely be the former. Kosheleva & Voronkova will be the offensive OHs and will be tasked more with the attack. Kutiukova & Shcherban will be the defensive OH will take care of the reception. Parubets, albeit only 183cm, don't really see her as a purely ...

Tuesday, July 25th 2017, 8:43pm

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

Russia already tried Scherban-Parubets duo last year in reception and they still failed (WGP & OG). I think the "missing link" is another OH who is reliable in reception and that can be Kutiukova. As much as everyone here dislikes Pankova's game (including me), I still think she will not be cut by the coach but I hope I am wrong. I would also like to see Filishtinskaya - Vetrova duo. In Russia's last game against Japan in the WGP when Voronkova played OH (and Lazareva as OPP), it somehow reminde...

Tuesday, July 25th 2017, 7:19pm

Author: inc0gnito

Russian NT 2017

As much as Pankova was underperforming in her club, she would still be the best logical choice (and maybe Vertova) especially now that Startseva will not join NT this season. For the OHs, I expect Frolova to be cut as she is just too big of a liability whenever she is in the front row as seen in this year's WGP. My only concern I hope the coach will let Voronkova play her natural position as OH and maybe as backup to Kosheleva and not as backup OPP to Goncharova.

Tuesday, July 11th 2017, 2:31am

Author: inc0gnito

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

Quoted from "LLOYD" Elena Godina was the guest of Sport Fm and she shared her opinion. Godina said that it was a big fault to write Filishtinskaya's height as 170cm. Godina told that she wasn't agreed with Kuzyutkin because she thought Zaryashko, Fetisova, Filishtinskaya, Startseva werent young players and we already know their heigh level game and Parubets already showed herself in her club, other way Kutikova and Frolova are also not young players although they are not main players of Russian...

Thursday, June 29th 2017, 12:43am

Author: inc0gnito

Boris Yeltsin Cup 2017

Quoted from "Matthias" That, and I doubt that Goncharova receives better than Kosheleva. And both are now too old to seriously change positions when they were fairly successful for many years on their current position. I agree. In Gamova's departure from NT 2012 onwards, I couldn't think Russia could have produced a better OPP than Goncharova. Then in 2015 she cemented her career and became the best opposite in the world and currently still one of the best in her position.

Wednesday, June 28th 2017, 11:42pm

Author: inc0gnito

Boris Yeltsin Cup 2017

Quoted from "Rains_of_Castamere" Maybe it is time for Goncharova and Kosheleva to switch positions? I feel like Voronkova may be that player who can be the next Sokolova. Stable OH. Maybe. Then Scherban can hopefully play back up when either Goncharova and Voronkova are struggling with the pass. I have no issue with Koshe playing as OPP (since she can't receive anyway), but Goncha's unorthodox approach makes her hit the ball slightly better in Position 2.

Wednesday, June 28th 2017, 9:49pm

Author: inc0gnito

Boris Yeltsin Cup 2017

This Russia team playing in the Yeltsin Cup is not something I can consider a "B" team. When in fact they are playing with their starting middle blockers, and their other "main" setter in Startseva. Koroleva (Zaryazkho) scored 23 points in their last match against Turkey, but it puzzles me she makes stupid mistakes at times and IMO, this is what prevents her from being considered a "world class" MB. Efimova subbed in for Fetisova at the latter part of the match, and she seems rather quick and at...