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Thursday, December 7th 2017, 7:19pm

Author: JoanaBG

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

I remember the WCh '06 ended with the 5th place play-off (featuring Japan, of course), it was played after the final.

Thursday, December 7th 2017, 7:06pm

Author: JoanaBG

2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

Quoted from "serdar" Maybe they use the serpentine system only for top 8 and 'draw' rest of the teams Yes, that's how they did it. The rest were divided into four pots with four teams and drawn randomly. The "non-Japanese" half of the draw is obviously stronger. And the system really is a mess, it's too long and the third stage is really pointless. I'd much rather see QFs instead too.

Monday, December 4th 2017, 4:12pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

What's wrong with Sylla? She spent the whole 20 seconds on court even though Marcon kept dumping the ball straight into the block over and over again and REALLY needed to be taken out at some point. Malinov's connection with Popović (apart from one hilariously mistimed set) was fabulous. I really hope Mina is finally injury-free because Bergamo is going to need every single player they can have if they want to stay out of relegation zone. But sadly, I don't see the team surviving into the next s...

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, 11:45pm

Author: JoanaBG

Poland - Liga Siatkówki Kobiet 2017/18

Quoted from "rbdfabio" And Blagojevic is playing much better than Malesevic, if Popovic returns for the WCH, maybe Blogojevic could end up taking Malesevic`s place. That's what I was thinking as well. Not necessarily that she should take her place, but to have her as another option for the OH position would be great. Hopefully Pušić improves enough and is able to take over as the main libero on the NT.

Sunday, December 3rd 2017, 11:42pm

Author: JoanaBG

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

Quoted from "Sisko95" Brakocevic is too inconsistent recently, she plays too many bad games. Well, we can't talk about "recently" in her case as she hasn't played in over 6 months. Clearly something happened to her at the end of the last season, her performance after the first play-off final match was shockingly bad, then she didn't play at the Asian championship like she was supposed to, and it all ended with her breaking her contract in Russia before she even got there. There was definitely s...

Sunday, November 26th 2017, 2:07pm

Author: JoanaBG

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

Quoted from "beri" I am most disappointed with Malesevic tbh, she is having a horrible season, Lazarevic is even better then her... How is she having a horrible season? She played only one really bad match and it was in the last round. Other times she was either decent to good, or her contribution didn't differ from that of the rest of the team. I mean, it's not like I'm saying she's playing spectacularly well either, but she shouldn't be expected to be racking up numbers a la Mihajlović or Pla...

Thursday, November 23rd 2017, 2:24pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

Modena vs Legnano turned out to be a fun match, although it highlighted Modena's weaknesses. Barun doesn't appear to be as effective this season and Ferretti makes some ridiculous choices all too often. Speaking of struggling players, Montano, OMG, what was that. She's a ghost of a shadow of her former self, much like Havelkova for Monza. Bosetti was on fire, though. It's been a while since I last saw Vesović and she did alright. I wouldn't mind having her back on NT if she playes like that. Leg...

Sunday, November 19th 2017, 9:06pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

I think the confusion is in that those live score stats don't make a distinction between spiking and serving errors, you have to look at the detailed stats for that. For example, last week it said that Guiggi had 5 mistakes and I wondered how a MB like her could make that many, but it turned out 4 of those were from the service line.

Sunday, November 19th 2017, 8:10pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

Quoted from "Matthias" Maybe Haak needs to take her warm-up more seriously? 8 of her errors were in the first two sets, and then she ends up with 30 pts again. She had a similar match some weeks ago when she was invisibile in the 1st set and then showed her true self. Yeah, I noticed that too. I don't think it's surprising considering her age. Bošković experienced something similar a few years back. Jesus Christ, the spiking success rate for Guerra and Starčević It's a miracle they even managed...

Sunday, November 19th 2017, 7:25pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

Pomi lost again, to Firenze this time, 3-2. After leading 2-0. Baby steps, I guess. Conegliano playes enjoyable volleyball but it's a shame that the TV match of the round was such a blowout.

Sunday, November 19th 2017, 7:23pm

Author: JoanaBG

Japan - V.Premier League 2017-2018

Brankica talked a bit about her life in Japan. She admitted she wasn't sure she was going to get her passion and motivation back so quickly after winning the ECh gold so recently, but when she got to Japan, she had such a warm welcome and everyone was so nice to her that she immediately found her groove again. The difference compared to the last time she played in Japan is that she's now more mature and knows what she can do and what's expected of her. There are a lot of young players on the tea...

Saturday, November 18th 2017, 3:36pm

Author: JoanaBG

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

Bošković did make some mistakes, but she and Adams were the only ones who could score. All the other hitters - Larson, Meliha, Hande, Guldeniz - they were completely invisible. Not to mention they all seemed to compete who could receive worse. Larson in particular needs to step up her game. She's far too important for Eczacibasi's system to be playing like this. Fenerbahce has some magic going on, no matter how many times they change their roster, somehow they always end up having a balanced and...

Friday, November 17th 2017, 4:44pm

Author: JoanaBG

CEV Champions League 2018

I really don't understand how they allowed even a theoretical possibility of something like Pool A happening in the sport's most valued club competition. And then that it actually happened! It really devalues the sport of volleyball as a whole.

Friday, November 17th 2017, 4:40pm

Author: JoanaBG

2017 / 2018 Transfer News

I supposed she had quietly retired! I guess she can still make herself useful in the Turkish 2nd league. I wonder what's going on with Brakočević, though. I thought she might be pregnant, but judging by her Instagram, she's obviously not, and she's looking VERY fit. Maybe we'll see her somewhere in the 2nd half of the season.

Friday, November 17th 2017, 4:16pm

Author: JoanaBG

CEV Champions League 2018

Again horrendously unbalanced draw. Pools B and D are MUCH stronger than A and C. Especially pool A is a complete embarrassment.

Friday, November 17th 2017, 1:46pm

Author: JoanaBG

Serbian NT 2017

Tijana Bošković is the European player of the year She'll be officially awarded at the CEV ceremony tonight, although she won't be able to be present and accept the award herself.

Friday, November 17th 2017, 1:41pm

Author: JoanaBG

CEV Champions League 2018

Teams from the same country directly qualified to CL can't be drawn in the same group, but a directly qualified team can be matched with the one that came through the qualies. So, a group with Fenerbahce and Galatasaray or Moscow and Kazan is not possible, but the one with Fenerbahce/Galatasaray and Vakifbank or Novara and Conegliano is.

Wednesday, November 15th 2017, 11:54pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

Malagurski didn't manage to score a single point tonight I'm still hanging to the delusional hope she'll again be as good as she once was, but it's probably time to accept it's not happening

Monday, November 13th 2017, 1:25pm

Author: JoanaBG

Serbian NT 2017

He said he'd only consider it after his contract with Serbian NT expires in 2020, so it's not an issue now.

Sunday, November 12th 2017, 10:10pm

Author: JoanaBG

Italy - Serie A1 2017/18

Rondon didn't even play today! But it's clear they need a better setter than Cyr. Although, having someone of Lo Bianco's age (no matter how good she is) as the main setter was always going to be a risky strategy. Guerra is a big disappointment so far, this was her chance to impose herself in the abscence of Martinez (and Zeng Chunlei) and she hasn't used it at all in these matches. I expected more from her.