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Yesterday, 10:45pm

Author: StefanS

CEV Champions League 2018

Wow, Minsk wins tie-break in the end 13:15 in the hall of victories in Cannes, the home hall of the (formerly) famous RC Cannes. They have now a slight advantage for the return/home match in Belarus. On the other hand, an easy away win of Maribor in Brcko in three.

Yesterday, 10:16pm

Author: StefanS

CEV Champions League 2018

Le Cannet vs. Minsk is also dramatic, many very close sets. - It is just a duel for the quest, to get shreddered afterwards by VakifBank, cynically expressed.

Yesterday, 10:10pm

Author: StefanS

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "pamphleteer" Glad to see Sliedrecht win its home match (especially after what was written about them here in this thread). Sorry about that, but I'm still convinced, that Asterix, obviously playing bad today, will easily win return match with three points and proceed to the next round. By the way, our Dutch captain Deborah van Daelen confirmed my view, that the DELA league is rather feeble including Sliedrecht.

Yesterday, 11:16am

Author: StefanS

Turkey- VVSL-Vestel Venus Women's League 2017/2018

Quoted from "Meatballs" Quoted from "Harrison" In Italy they use molten, in Turkey and Cev-Fivb tournaments they use mikasa.Receiving is more easy with molten ball. Yes, and as far as I know, they use molten in US too. Also in Germany it is Mikasa, which seems to prevail worldwide and marginalize Molten overall.

Monday, October 16th 2017, 6:55am

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

Remember, that there is a two-year ban for players changing NT.

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 5:04pm

Author: StefanS

Turkey- VVSL-Vestel Venus Women's League 2017/2018

Quoted from "rbdfabio" Zhu said she wants to win every single trophy this time and I really don`t doubt her. This is a serious statement, a team, which seriously wants to hinder VakifBank at that task, is hard to find (world-wide).

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 5:02pm

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

I think, this team from Erfurt is not on the level to play first Bundesliga (yet?). It is another case of a not fitting ratio of team budget (600.000 Euro is not at the minimum of the league, that's in vicinity of 450.000 €) and roster/team constructed with it. A set lost with one-digit points is just not acceptable in this generally very balanced league...

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 10:50pm

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

The clear wins of Schwerin and Wiesbaden were no surprise. Dresden is as vulnerable as expected: no good reception, no effective outside hitters regarding attack, this is not enough to win the championship. And the loss in Potsdam is the first logical result of being underperforming on the OH positions. Another bad match of Stuttgart (not as bad as in Hannover, but still far below the expectations): setting is not working well enough, and most attackers are out of shape (especially Michaela Mlej...

Friday, October 13th 2017, 7:49pm

Author: StefanS

Women's World Grand Prix 2017

I read, that for Germany/women Stuttgart is first choice for the hosting city - obviously Allianz MTV Stuttgart did a lot, including the all-time Bundesliga record of 5,392 spectators in Porsche Arena vs. Dresden in season 2015/2016 playoff final match. I hope, advertising for the event works better than last time in World Grand Prix in that hall, because when China and especially Turkey and Netherlands are playing in Stuttgart, it should be feasible, to attract fans from these countries too in ...

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 10:41pm

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

In an interview our managing director Kim Renkema revealed, that Stuttgart's budget is currently 1.2 million Euro (a new highest value) and she aims for 2 million in some years to take the lead in this regard and to enable the team to participate every time it qualifies in the CL. She admits though, that our financial manager doubts, if this can be done in the foreseeable future, despite our city and region of Stuttgart are very rich, but the will to support sport teams financially aside from so...

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 10:05pm

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

That's similar in Stuttgart: of the so far (mainly) second league players only three at most can hope for time on the court in matches of duty: Annie Cesar (L, OH as receiver) of course, because she is even in first league roster fixed now (and had some time already in supercup as receiver), and the dual licensed Julia Wenzel (OH) and Lena Große Scharmann (Opp).

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 9:58pm

Author: StefanS

Russia - Superliga 2017/18

While four matches were as boring as expected (clear 3 sets to 0 sweeps of Moscow against Chelyabinsk, Kazan against St.Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk against Proton and Ekaterinburg against Sachalinsk) the match of Krasnodar against Odinzovo went into tie-break, which was won by the guests from Moscow region. Because Krasnodar had a major change of its roster (about 1 player stayed there), this is not conclusive yet regarding Odinzovo of course.

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 8:14pm

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

Regarding Luna Carocci: she is really very, very good - a full fledged replacement for Lenka Dürr, without any doubt.

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 8:13pm

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

This was a rather feeble performance by Stuttgart, and there is hardly any excuse. Of course preparation time was too short (for both teams, well solved by Schwerin anyway), but at Stuttgarts team even basics like reception and service didn't work out really. I'm very sorry for this embarassing weak performance, especially for the live viewers... there is good reason to see Schwerin as main favorite for the championship, but Stuttgart should be able to challenge them, a lot of hard work is obvio...

Saturday, October 7th 2017, 6:57pm

Author: StefanS

CEV Champions League 2018

Kfar Saba might be better as expected, they collected some important foreign key players from Brazil and Russia and elsewhere alongside with her main OH Anna Veliky. Their friendly win against Bekescsabai (champion) from Hungary in three clear, straight sets was a surprise for me.

Saturday, October 7th 2017, 11:45am

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

Quoted from "MariaOzawaFan" SchwerinerSC is optimistic for German SuperCup. Schweriner Volkszeitung Don't forget a well done preparation of Stuttgart and that our team is as hot as Chili regarding such cup competitons. Three DVV cup wins and the first supercup also won pronounce this posture. So a very interesting and tough fight can be expected (I would be no way suprised, if it ends in tie-break again).

Saturday, October 7th 2017, 11:35am

Author: StefanS

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

I think it is again all about money. In Germany there is a weird regulation for non-EU foreigners, that you have to earn enough to pay a minimum of taxes and public fees. If you are below, you won't get a visum for the time required for a volleyball season. We witnessed this issue in Stuttgart some years ago, when we tried to hire a young Serbian prospect player, but due to the relatively low income she would have gotten, the city authority didn't allow her to stay here because of that law. And ...

Saturday, October 7th 2017, 8:03am

Author: StefanS

Poland - Liga Siatkówki Kobiet 2017/18

Quoted from "rbdfabio" I like Mirkovic, she`s very creative and even with a bad pass she`s still try to do something different instead of doing a predictable play, she`s only 22 and she has room to grow a lot. And she has practiced with this team for less than a week. Lodz is a good team, they are even stronger than last season and I don`t see Chemick as clear favorite, Lodz is right there with them, I think Developers will be stronger as well this season. That's promising to have a much more i...

Friday, October 6th 2017, 8:38pm

Author: StefanS

Poland - Liga Siatkówki Kobiet 2017/18

Due to statistics Lodz' Grobelna won the main attacker/opposite duel against Police' Zaroslinska by one point (24 to 23 kills). Best middles Lodz/Kakoleska with 15 and Police/Veljkovic with 13 kills.