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Saturday, December 9th 2017, 9:30pm

Author: Sisko95

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

That's fair enough sitenoise and I think we largely agree. And don't worry, even though we might not like the system even us rowdy Europeans will be the first to admit the WCH is obviously more important than ECH and we'll enjoy it too

Saturday, December 9th 2017, 8:10pm

Author: Sisko95

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "rbdfabio" But those are Domestic League tournaments, and yes they don`t have 3rd place match, and all that...and so all the Volleyball leagues does not have that either. If you loose a quaterfinal game you are done with the season, same thing when you loose a semi-final series you are done, there`s no 3rd place match in any volleyball league (at least as far as I know) Yeah, some of those are domestic leagues but there is also no 5th place match in the international events of these...

Saturday, December 9th 2017, 7:40pm

Author: Sisko95

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "sitenoise" Where I come up short from jumping on the whine about everything attitude bandwagon here is, for example, lets say in the second round we come to a match where it doesn't matter if China wins or loses because they are advancing anyway. So Liu Xiaotong plays instead of Zhu Ting. I'm happy about that. To assert that it doesn't matter to Liu Xiaotung if she wins or loses the game is pathetic (not that you are saying that, @brahmin). Or that it doesn't matter to the players ...

Thursday, December 7th 2017, 7:24pm

Author: Sisko95

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

FIVB is so ridiculous I suppose I should just be pleased the days of playoffs all the way down to 11th place are over

Thursday, December 7th 2017, 7:11pm

Author: Sisko95

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "rbdfabio" A 5th rank match will take place on the same day as semifinals Ugh, why? I get why you have a 3rd place match (bronze medal) but 5th place??? Surely the players will be so disappointed from being eliminated they won't care about finishing 5th or 6th of all things

Thursday, December 7th 2017, 6:56pm

Author: Sisko95

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Group C is hardest. In the other groups it is easy to predict who will be the top 4 (not necessarily the order). But with group C you have USA and Russia who should dominate, T&T who will surely lose every match and then Korea, Thailand and Azerbaijan all fighting for 2 spots and I think they are all quite evenly matched. Group D has 2 very strong teams, followed by DOM and PUR, I guess Kazakhstan have a small chance of upsetting PUR? Group B has 4 really good teams, but I don't think Canada or ...

Wednesday, December 6th 2017, 3:04pm

Author: Sisko95

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

I like Gizem, but she is obviously not near the level that Brenda is at. Yeah, her reception isn't the best but her defence is pretty good and I think she is definitely better than what they have now so I agree with beri

Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 11:55pm

Author: Sisko95

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

Thank you for the explanation, serdar! This makes sense, but I think it makes more sense just to look at individual skills when looking at stats because it is too difficult to calculate how valuable serving is for an MB or blocking is for an OH

Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 10:25pm

Author: Sisko95

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

Quoted from "rbdfabio" First half of the season is done, now we can jump to some conclusions. Despite been only 1.83cm Carol got the most blocks with 40 and she`s ranked 2nd best MB overall, while Eda is #1, Rasic #3. OH - Jerkov ranks #1, Salas #2, Zhu#3. Kosheleva is at #11. OPP - 1# Rahimova, #2 Boskovic, 3# Olesia. Meyrem took the most swings with 462, Olesia 428. Setter - Interesting that Dilik is #1, but not surprising at all as she`s been playing well and next season she deserves to be a...

Tuesday, December 5th 2017, 6:12pm

Author: Sisko95

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

GS are clearly a level above the middle teams in Turkey. Gala have an 8-3 record in the league this season while all the mid teams have losing records. They aren't on the same level as the top 3 but are on a level above the rest IMO

Monday, December 4th 2017, 2:26pm

Author: Sisko95

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

Quoted from "Janko" Surely no one believes that 2017 version of Kosheleva, Rabadzhieva , out-of-shape Jack, Ruseva and a defensive OPP is a kind of offensive line-up that can win a title in a league that has VakifBank, Eczacıbaşı and Fenerbahçe? No, I don't believe they can win the title with this line-up or any other. Galatasaray are simply not as strong as these teams for now. However I do think Neslihan should receive because she is better at it than Kosheleva. Yes it puts more pressure on K...

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, 10:24pm

Author: Sisko95

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

^ I do agree with some of this but really I don't see players like Balkestein and Brakocevic helping very much. The big three teams are all really, really good. Kosheleva won't help them beat these teams but neither will those other players. The only reason they beat Vakif last year was because of the very fast tempo they played and they can't play that way anymore. I get why they brought in Kosheleva though because that kind of very fast play doesn't work very often - just look at their other r...

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, 9:57pm

Author: Sisko95

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

Brakocevic is too inconsistent recently, she plays too many bad games. I'm not saying she isn't good, of course she is but her level is not what it was. Kosheleva's attack was still good even last season she was one of the best attackers in the league (I mean in % not in total because she didn't play about half the matches) and this season it is the same. Also it is relevant to compare her with Jovana because people were saying Neslihan could go to OH and Jovana to OPP so she would really be rep...

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, 5:17pm

Author: Sisko95

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

Using an out-of-practice Brakocevic to replace Kosheleva would be ridiculous. I love Jovana, but she has not shown she can perform at Kosheleva's level for a few years so I am sure that's not happening. There is no reason for us or GS to overreact, they are doing just as well as I expected they would. Also, I would love to see Castillo playing in a top European league

Saturday, December 2nd 2017, 2:33pm

Author: Sisko95

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

I could only watch the TB, but it looked like Bursa-Eczacibasi was a great match! Does anybody know why Kosheleva wasn't listed in the GS roster today? I guess she is injured but does anyone know how serious it is?

Wednesday, November 29th 2017, 9:48pm

Author: Sisko95

Best Fictional Character who can destroy volleyball as we know it?

I was gonna say Invisible Woman from Fantastic 4 because she could always be up against 0 blockers, but then I realised she is too small. Any invisible character that is tall then Xena: Warrior Princess would kick butt at this. She can't fly but her jumping skill is awesome and I bet she could do some amazing digs as well.

Tuesday, November 28th 2017, 9:18pm

Author: Sisko95

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

I'm not a huge fan of Kosheleva but let's remember that other than vs the big 3 teams in the league, Kosheleva has actually played really well. She was not good against Vakif, Fener or Vitra but Gala as a whole team played badly in those matches. Maybe when they play the big 3 again they will give better performances since they will have had more time to get used to one another. Overall, I don't think Salas or anyone really would have significantly improved GS' season so far - the fact is they a...

Thursday, November 23rd 2017, 7:33pm

Author: Sisko95

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

As Beri said, the Fener fans have not been bad at all recently so this seems a bit unfair to me

Monday, November 20th 2017, 6:49pm

Author: Sisko95

World Tennis

Former WTA no.2 and 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna died yesterday at age 49. So sad