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Today, 3:44am

Author: serdar

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "JoanaBG" Quoted from "serdar" More than half of the team is either Ukranian or Belarussian It used to be much worse, though. When they were on top of their game in 2004-2006, there were no ethnic Azeris on the team and the only Azerbaijan-born players were the Parkhomenko sisters and Korotenko. At least they seemed to have made some effort into developing the local talent, even though the result hasn't been that great. I really wonder what will happen with their volleyball after th...

Today, 2:02am

Author: serdar

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "Kk15" Azerbaijan Palleggiatrici: Shafagat Habibova, Kristina Yagubova Opposte: Polina Rahimova, Katerina Zhidkova Schiacciatrici: Natalya Mammadova, Yelizaveta Samadova, Odina Bayramova, Jana Kulan Centrali: Olena Hasanova, Kseniya Poznyak, Ayshan Abdulazimova, Aynur Karimova Liberi: Valeriya Mammadova, Jeyran Aliyeva More than half of the team is either Ukranian or Belarussian They naturalized a lot of Cuban players, I wonder if they will ever play in Azerbaijan NT

Today, 1:54am

Author: serdar

The Rules - your opinion, suggestion

To me, both serving line and 15 points sets are failure. I only would like to keep one technical time out at 12th point and less time breaks in between sets to reduce "dead time"

Today, 1:50am

Author: serdar

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "Matthias" For Turkey, Gizem and Merve are registered as liberos and Simge will be regular player as defensive specialist. Guidetti did the same in German and Dutch NT btw... Merve was defense specialist libero in FB with Melis Yılmaz, and Gizem Örge is known to have better reception but being mediocre defender. Thus, it makes sense to use two libero system. Probably Simge will sub Neriman when she is in the backrow. Güldeniz is a great defender but her reception is not as solid as ...

Yesterday, 4:18pm

Author: serdar

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "powsoff" Quoted from "beri" I can't believe Ukraine did not add Aleksandra Bytsenko to their roster, their best OH and plays in Bursa BBSK (Turkey) I will not root for Ukraine until they start getting some sense and add this young talent to their roster. Imagine how much of an offensive power Rykhliuk + Bytsenko could be Aleksandra was like MVP of delegation round last season in Nilüfer, she saved their asses and now they have Buijs + Carol and she got awarded as well as she plays ...

Yesterday, 4:16pm

Author: serdar

European Championship 2017 Azerbaijan&Georgia

Quoted from "7UP" Quoted from "Loyd" Polish roster: Setters: Wołosz, Pleśnierowicz Opps: Bociek, Smarzek MBs: Efimienko, Tokarska, Kąkolewska OHs: Polak, Grajber, Murek, Twardowska, Brzóska Libero: Krzos, Witkowska Poland again with their like 2nd team. Probably apart from EG 2015 & Olympics Q in 2016 we cannot gather a reliable team with its best players since 2012 No Skorupa, Tomsia, Mucha, Medrzyk, Polanska, Ptak and ZAroslinska I don't think it is like second team indeed. Wolosz is playing ...

Yesterday, 3:40am

Author: serdar

2017 European Championship - Prediction Game

Day 1 POOL A - Baku (Azerbaijan) Hungary 0-3 Azerbaijan Poland 3-2 Germany POOL B - Tbilisi (Georgia) Italy 3-0 Georgia Croatia 3-2 Belarus POOL C - Baku (Azerbaijan) Ukraine 0-3 Russia POOL D - Ganja (Azerbaijan) Serbia 3-0 Czech Republic The Netherlands 3-1 Belgium Day 2 POOL A - Baku (Azerbaijan) Poland 3-1 Hungary POOL B - Tbilisi (Georgia) Georgia 0-3 Croatia Italy 3-0 Belarus POOL C - Baku (Azerbaijan) Bulgaria 3-0 Ukraine Turkey 3-1 Russia POOL D - Ganja (Azerbaijan) Czech Republic 2-3 Be...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 11:30pm

Author: serdar

Serbian NT 2017

Is Radenkovic out of picture for terzic? I haven't watched Mirkovic yet, is she really better than Radenkovic?

Monday, September 18th 2017, 1:33am

Author: serdar

Turkish NT 2017

After U23, it is obvious that both Hande and Beyza should be in ECh roster. Most probably they will be added to the 12 players that was written in one of the previous posts.

Monday, September 18th 2017, 1:31am

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Quoted from "scarpetta" Hande took the MVP. No award for Ebrar I think Hande deserved to be MVP since she was very solid in every single match except the final. However, giving the best Opp award to Iza instead of Ebrar is scandal! I assume it is host bias! I agree with all other positions though. Zhana Todorova is quite a good libero, I don't know why BUL still rely on old Filipova instead

Monday, September 18th 2017, 1:27am

Author: serdar

Comparison of Strength of European Leagues

The ranking would vary drastically depending on how you define the "strength". Comparing only top teams of the each league, or the strength of average ones, or the number of clubs that have competitive rosters to be champion etc. Each of this criteria could give a different ranking. Turkish league was always criticized to be all about "big 4" but this season mid level teams invested a lot, there are strong foreigners playing in mid-level teams such as Olesia Rykhliuk, Charlotte Leys, Emiliya Nik...

Monday, September 18th 2017, 12:59am

Author: serdar

Friendly NT Matches

SRB is not giving good signals just before ECH Of course BUL is a very strong team anyway but losing against BUL in two matches in a row shows something is wrong with the team

Sunday, September 17th 2017, 10:56am

Author: serdar

Chinese NT 2017

Quoted from "jetmasters" Quoted from "beri" Ok, do you want a sticker now? At least try to defend your point of view instead of sarcasm. This tournament doesn't even have the best U23 players from top teams. It is for those who got demoted or failed to solidify their spot in their respective national teams to make an impression for future selection. Possibly the best generation in 2013 U20 WC which includes Zhu, Boskovic, and Gabi didn't even play in this event because they already proven to be...

Sunday, September 17th 2017, 6:56am

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Quoted from "Umu11" Quoted from "serdar" Quoted from "beri" EBRAR KARAKURT Her attitude might be intimidating sometimes but objectively, her performance deserves to be called to ECh roster considering that we are desperately lacking a good opposite for 2020, it will be a good experience for her to be there at such a early age. Yes, sure, let's bring a young player who hasn't ever trained at all and never played a senior level match with the team and ridiculessly expect her to show her talent. S...

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 5:42pm

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Quoted from "beri" EBRAR KARAKURT Her attitude might be intimidating sometimes but objectively, her performance deserves to be called to ECh roster considering that we are desperately lacking a good opposite for 2020, it will be a good experience for her to be there at such a early age.

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 5:09pm

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Quoted from "beri" Btw me and @Serdar are just bitching here but what a match this has been so far! Very exciting Semi. Bringing Tugba on court did good for Turkey. Hahah as long as we are in the right thread, it should be fine I guess Tuğba is on fire, she should keep this power! Dominic seems to lose their concentration and a training yelling crazy is not helping to them

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 5:01pm

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Beyza stepped up her game at this set. Also the Dominic libero seems to be lost, maybe injury of their outside disturbed their reception line. Çağla is setting too high to Ebrar, I don't know if it is how Ebrar likes to attack but those are "Gamova" balls, no chance against senior teams. Ezgi is not doing much better though.

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 4:19pm

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Zehra already got blocked once and hit out once! She is not helping much. Aslı did as much block as Beyza (both are not that good at blocking through this tournament) I am not big fan of Saliha so far. She has been good at reception but her positioning was wrong many times at defense and she had very bad statistics at attacking in previous matches

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 4:01pm

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

Quoted from "beri" Omg the way the DOM coach treats his girls Don't yell at that girl like that! I got pissed off too. I always hated those kind of trainers, especially on junior levels

Saturday, September 16th 2017, 3:59pm

Author: serdar

FIVB U23 World Championship - 2017 |

What does trainer of DOM say during the timeout? He is screaming badly to girls Meanwhile Beyza is missing a lot of good sets