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Sunday, June 18th 2017, 2:24am

Author: Azvin

2017 Panamerican Cup

Once again NORCECA proves itself to be technically challenged and not much of an organization. Can't even get a score tracker working. Sad.

Friday, May 26th 2017, 9:23pm

Author: Azvin

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "StefanS" ...Schwerin COULD finance it, if they really want. As Dresden did in the past 6 years, it was not always easy for them, by the way. Exactly my point. Not easy, but something that could be done, financially, and should be done from a long-range volleyball development point of view. Or become third tier league in Europe.

Friday, May 26th 2017, 6:01pm

Author: Azvin

CEV Champions League 2018

Not playing in CL is short-term thinking. It's a matter of investing. By not competing in CL the German league will find it increasingly difficult to attract top-quality foreign players and retain and develop top-quality domestic talent. The long-term result will be a much lower-quality league overall, and a lower-rated league--it's a self-fulfilling prophecy! Look, I understand it is an expensive process, but that's exactly why the VBL administration needs to find more ways to assist its top cl...

Friday, May 26th 2017, 3:54pm

Author: Azvin

CEV Champions League 2018

I have lost some respect for SSC Palmberg Schwerin (or any other team) that makes feeble and possibly questionable excuses for avoiding playing against the best teams when they have that opportunity. COMPETE, for gawd's sake!

Thursday, May 18th 2017, 10:56pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2017/2018

Quoted from "StefanS" Quoted from "Matthias" Stuttgart has to save some money next season because they made debts this season. They'll reduce about 10% of their costs for players and staff, so they might be a little weaker than before. They presented Tamari Miyashiro as new assistant coach and American MB Jenna Potts today. It seems, that they don't want to hire a fourth OH, which will reduce costs the most. This is a very risky approach: in both last seasons we lost one OH due to injury in the...

Monday, March 27th 2017, 4:28pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "Phillip" What are the odds for this semifinal? Quoted from "StefanS" Quoted from "Phillip" What are the odds for this semifinal? Stuttgart is the clear favorite, Dresden is sharing this view. I think, they want also to prepare against too high expectations in Dresden after a weak season compared to the last. Agree 100%. Dresden's only chance of winning hinges on somehow stealing the first contest, which will require Stuttgart to have a horrible match. If they can do that, Dresden m...

Friday, March 10th 2017, 8:41pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "StefanS" Quoted from "Matthias" I agree with Nirk. I think 8 teams playoffs is a MUST to keep the season interesting. All other systems have failed badly in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Vilsbiburg has transfered Vanessa Agbortabi from VCO Berlin for the playoffs. She will return to Berlin next season to finish school and from 2018 on will be fully Vilsbiburg's players, she already has signed a contract with them. I can easily live with quarterfinals only, and just cancellation of ...

Friday, March 10th 2017, 8:37pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "StefanS" Quoted from "Matthias" Meanwhile, Vilsbiburg has transfered Vanessa Agbortabi from VCO Berlin for the playoffs. She will return to Berlin next season to finish school and from 2018 on will be fully Vilsbiburg's players, she already has signed a contract with them. That's interesting, because obviously there is a whole bunch of special rules for VCO Berlin players, usual transfers are no more possible since begin of February. And Liana Mesa Luaces is questionable as opposit...

Sunday, February 19th 2017, 6:55pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "rbdfabio" Sounds like Dresden and Sttugart has the same problem in the OP position. Machmon and Witney shows that height is really not that important as everyone thinks, they are 1.99 and 1.95 but they struggle to kill a ball. And the twin playing as back OP clearly can`t play as OP. Quoted from "rbdfabio" Sounds like Dresden and Sttugart has the same problem in the OP position. Machmon and Witney shows that height is really not that important as everyone thinks, they are 1.99 and ...

Sunday, February 5th 2017, 5:53pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "rbdfabio" Quoted from "Matthias" In 3rd set it seems a NCAA match Dannemiller-Gebhardt-Tapp-Barfield vs McMahon-Rolfzen-Birks-Cross-Cooper And the NCAA version of Schwerin looks much better than the GER NT version did. I Know, that really shows what a bad shape the German NT is, poor development of players and a lot is in their mind also, they don`t have a lot of confidence and don`t truly believe in themselves. In the NCAA they do a lot of mental work besides physical as well. But...

Sunday, February 5th 2017, 4:28pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Schwerin is resilient. Dresden is extremely fragile. This one is over. The better team will win at home.

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 10:25pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "StefanS" The league table is again screwed due to different match numbers. A correct measure corresponding to set and ball point ratio, i.e. match points divided by match number, shows Stuttgart before Dresden (like the mentioned other ratios do too). If the league can't guarantee equal match numbers by a balanced schedule (often the VCO Berlin with its own rules is one major issue regarding this), they should at least build the table mathematically with sense and not accidentally ...

Tuesday, January 10th 2017, 4:59pm

Author: Azvin

CEV Champions League 2017

Quoted from "SHAME" I can't see Amber playing opposite. She has OH and MB style. And the czech MB completely useless. They're playing with half of the net again. This time Kadie is the player to go, before it was Liz. Sheshenina keeps he show going on. Liz looks slow and tired and hurting and worn out from being the go-to scorer all season. I thought overall that the Dresden middles were too slow to block . . . they were hit over or through again and again, not even getting touches. Katerinburg...

Sunday, January 8th 2017, 8:41pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "SHAME" I'm watching Dresdner vs Stuttgart. Stuttgart needs Whitney in her best shape as soon as possible. Their passing was just terrible in the game. The real difference in the game was Liz McMahon. I wonder how the result would look like with Apitz on court: Smutna's setting, expecially to the OHs was just bad (high balls far from the net). Buakaew by far the best player of her team. Buakaew has been amazing this year. Every time I have watched Stuttgart she has been their best p...

Sunday, January 8th 2017, 6:30pm

Author: Azvin

2016 / 2017 Transfer News

Quoted from "joanamss" Quoted from "Maxwell" I am pretty naive when it comes to clubs, how can these players transfer in the middle of the season? Is there a fall season then a winter season? Do they only sign for one season? Like Fawcett? Or do they just quit? Is there only one season in China? In most countries, seasons start in October and end in April, more or less....but in most leagues there is a determined date till when you can register players in order that they can be elegible to play...

Sunday, January 8th 2017, 2:19am

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "Azvin" Quoted from "SHAME" Any replayes for the matches? The livestreams are shown here: http://sportdeutschland.tv/volleyball and in 24 hours or so after the live match replays are available on demand.

Sunday, January 8th 2017, 2:10am

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "SHAME" Any replayes for the matches? I should starts watching volleyball again instead of reading stats and results. I'm really intrested about Dresdner, because there's another player there which is not as good as I expected; I'm talking about Birks, of course. I liked watching Birks in the NCAA. This is her first year playing pro and she is still young, so it would be wrong to write her off quite yet. But she may be among the long list of excellent NCAA outside hitters who have t...

Sunday, January 8th 2017, 12:11am

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "Matthias" Quoted from "SHAME" Any idea why Cross didn't play at all? I completely love this girl. She's just not good For me she's the weakest of Dresden's MBs, though Purchartova is not much better. Cooper and Johnson have established themselves as clear starters in the key matches for Dresden, Cross and Purchartova will get their playing time against weaker opponents. I think "not good" is a little harsh. She and Purchartova are quite young and can contribute in certain spots. No...

Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 10:47pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

At the risk of stating the obvious, Schwerin’s loss today really opens up the table. The three top teams each have two losses, are separated by three just points, and have one more match against each other. Dresden v. Stuttgart: Jan. 7 Schwerin v. Dresden: Feb. 5 Schwerin v. Stuttgart: Feb. 18 At the moment each team now has it within their control to win the regular season without needing an upset of another team. With Schwerin having their two matches at home and Stuttgart having two on the ro...

Thursday, December 29th 2016, 6:09pm

Author: Azvin

Germany - VBL 1. Bundesliga 2016/17

Quoted from "SHAME" This is a bit strange IMHO. I know they have great team spirit, they both changed positions because of team needs: they started both as wing spiker, but Amber moved to the middle and Kadie to right side, in order to have Foecke as wing spiker without passing tasks, which was the key for their NCAA title with Nebraska. I agree. While it is said that both athletes can play any front line position, I wonder about transferring Amber into a position she has not recently played an...