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Saturday, May 19th 2018, 8:36pm

Author: francexplosn

Trash Can Thread: All Volleyball related discussions

Meliha will probably still play some, but will have less role than this year. Hande should find a new club, she will probably stay on the bench a lot, just like this year or maybe she will be used more as a backup OPP. I do expect they rest KYK and Larson a little more in TL this coming year. Quoted from "saishuu" Regarding the whole Meliha/Hande topic: I don't think they'll be on the bench all season. In fact, they'll probably have plenty of opportunities to play in TL, perhaps just not against...

Sunday, May 13th 2018, 4:51pm

Author: francexplosn

2018 / 2019 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

Quoted from "Janko" It is true many a high-profile player has left Turkish league (while it seems barely any has left Seria A). And, at least thus far, not many world-class players are announced to join Turkish clubs. But it's still early in the post-season. Give it time. We'll speak come September how strong league will be. Although yes, as things stand right now, Zhu and Boskovic are primed to ride roughshod over the competition (even more than thus far, that is). Bricio left Imoco for Fener....

Saturday, May 12th 2018, 8:25pm

Author: francexplosn

Zhu Ting Appreciation Thread

Quoted from "saishuu" There's one thing that worries me about her though: she keeps playing even when she seems to be injured. It happened last year in the GP and this year in the CL F4. Sure she makes the difference for any team she's on and coaches must have her on court whenever possible, but I wonder if that's not gonna take a toll on her health eventually. You definitely have a valid point, which is why I think there is a good chance she might move back to China after next season and be re...

Saturday, May 12th 2018, 5:41am

Author: francexplosn

2018 / 2019 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

Quoted from "AdmonKadmon777" I strongly believe that ZHU staying in Vakif/BANK is a bad thing for volleyball as a "movement"... People like her should change team every season -same as LOGAN TOM did in the past- in order to "spread the Word" and help this amazing sport being appreciated the way it deserves in more than just 1/3 country. She should play the part of the "global ambassador" of volley, instead of making tons of money which partially get turned to the chinese federation. She's too m...

Saturday, May 12th 2018, 2:51am

Author: francexplosn

Trash Can Thread: All Volleyball related discussions

Greatest thread ever, let's party!!! Who really qualifies as Zhu Ting hater here? I am new to this forum, the only name I can think of is "beri". She immediately won my vote when she commented "Zhu no shade to her but her passing/reception was imo one of the biggest problems of VakifBank today" after Vakifbank's VVSL final game 2 loss to Ezcai when Zhu spiked over 50+% exc.%, 40+% Eff. and received 22 serves with zero error. After the loss, she just couldn't help but jumping out. Just realized t...

Wednesday, May 9th 2018, 1:38am

Author: francexplosn

2018 / 2019 Transfer Rumors & Discussion

I really don't see KYK joining any Turkish club other than Fenerbahche. Why would she join Eczacibashi or Vakifbank at this age and serve as Robin to Zhu and Boskovic? How would that help her legacy even the new team wins everything? Switching to a 2nd option would be hard for her. I think KYK probably is using other team's interest to get better offer from Fener.

Tuesday, May 8th 2018, 4:12pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Janko" In order to help get away from all this negativity, I would just like to point out the incredible last 12 months that Milena Rasic has had. In that period, she won almost all that there was to win. First, with Serbia she won the WCH qualification group. Then she got bronze at the World Grand Prix (one of only handful of competitions she did not win with her team in this period) . The she won gold at the European Championship (there are only two players who were members of th...

Monday, May 7th 2018, 4:10am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "pope" Neriman is not good as Godze but she`s the 2nd best Turkish player...is not like they have any other options. I`m surprised Robinson is getting so much praise here... The reason that Godze started in CL is simply because Robinson was too weak. Guidetti knew Godze was retiring and he would already do a transition and Robinson being her replacement. Or do you guys really think Robinson signed with Vakifbank to be a full time bench player in Turkish and CL?? of course not.... al...

Monday, May 7th 2018, 3:24am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Rip" why are you guy so sure zhu will extend contract with VB? she is a very welcomed addition for any team desiring the top of the podium I think Zhu will stay in Europe for at least one more year, and if she stays in EU next year, Vakifbank will be the place. I definitely can see her go back to China for 2019-2020 season and be ready for the 2020 Olympics. EU volleyball is too long and it can really wear you out.

Monday, May 7th 2018, 3:19am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Can Neriman receive very well? Don't think Meliha is an viable option, coach Motta is smart enough to keep her. Maybe they can sign a local OP to replace Lonnecke, don't know who they have, most likely a downgrade as well. The question is who is better: Zhu+Robinson+Zehra+Kubra vs. Zhu+Tugba+Rasic+Zehra/Kubra, Hard to say... Quoted from "pope" I think Neriman is the only one that can replace Godze....and maybe Meliha.

Monday, May 7th 2018, 3:14am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Sidney" One of the main keys of Vakifbank's success especially in the past 5 years is obviously having Naz, which is the best Turkish setter there is. Not wasting 1 spot for a foreigner setter is very helpful. Let's see if Cansu can keep up the good work. Is Naz OFFICIALY pregnant and out of the team? I've heard the same story other years... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieDv8fnxsqo Coach already said in the post-game interview he will lost both Naz and Gozde. Either already preg...

Monday, May 7th 2018, 3:08am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Canter" i think playing knowing Naz is behind her and to play without Naz are two diffrent things.without Naz she can feel the pressure.also Gözde will be absent.She was not a Ting Zhu both she was some kind of player that the setters can set to her anytime they wish .she alway plays with heart and brave..Now Lonneke(if stays)) or Kelsey (if stays) are to take that responsibility to help Ting Zhu Glad that Vakifbank still has a lot of leadership there. Rasic is the captain of Serbi...

Monday, May 7th 2018, 2:48am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Canter" agree..i really really wonder how Vakıfbank will look like without her in the upcoming season espeacially in TL Gozde will be missed big time next year! If Naz indeed takes 1 year off, I hope Vakifbank will sign a veteran setter backing up Cansu. Based on what I see, Cansu can be out of control pretty easily. They definitely should re-sign Rasic and Robinson. Also eager to see how being Turkey NT coach the same time affects the coach's decision to build the new team.

Monday, May 7th 2018, 12:21am

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "maeloveyang" Quoted from "Sidney" Quoted from "maeloveyang" Quoted from "Sidney" Quoted from "maeloveyang" Quoted from "Sidney" I wonder what you have to do to be a true legendary player. Winning 4 CLs and several national championships, having some continental medals with your NT and a few individual awards, participating on the Olympic games, being an amazing all-around OH with balanced receiving/attacking skills, being a true leader in the court... all of this isn't enough?! I a...

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 11:25pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

[font='&quot']I know Kirdar retires today and I admire her a lot, but I had to disagree with you on that top 5 OHs list. I agreed with [/font]Matthias more that she is a glue player and teammates feed off her passion and fire. If you really talk about the on-court impact, she is not even close to top 5. YOU have KYK, Logan Tom, Costagrande, Glinka, Fe Garay and many others. Kirdar has much bigger stage than most of other players because Vakifbank almost has a great team every single year. [font=...

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 8:11pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Matthias" As I wrote before, the TV sign saying "Gözde Kirdar - Most Valuable Player" when they showed her name when she went to serve already yesterday probably means that she was meant to be MVP even before the tournament. Knowing CEV I assume Vakifbank handed them over a little extra money in order to have Gözde receive this farewell gift However I'm not saying she doesn't deserve it at all. She's the glue that holds Vakifbank together with her passion and quality in all element...

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 8:05pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "Harrison" Calm down guys, Zhu will win many MVP's, this was Gözde's last chance Happy for her. Very sure Zhu doesn't mind it at all. Vakifbank will miss her a lot next year. There are not many local OH meeting Vakifbank's level.

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 7:29pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

Quoted from "leo2017" Is this official?or just rumor?? Sorry, it's just my projection. Fabris deserves the best opp, but I think they will give it to Alba BLAJ. Same goes to Bricio, I think Gozde will get the recognition.

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 7:25pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

MVP: Zhu Ting OH: Hill and Gozde OPP Cleager Setter: Wolosz MB: Rasic and Jack Lib: DE GENNARO

Sunday, May 6th 2018, 6:51pm

Author: francexplosn

CEV Champions League 2018

The issue is who deserves? Gala doesn't deserve it, Novara lost to Gala at home when Gala lost both Kosheleva and Seda, didn't even forced a tie break. Quoted from "Matthias" It never would have happened if they hadn't bought F4, and then they were incredibly lucky to meet a completely out-of-shape Galatasaray in semis. Surely not a deserved medal for them.