2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

  • 4 middles seem a lot. And the youngster, Chiaka, proved herself over Adams. I would go with 3 setters and 3 MB. 4 outside and 2 liiberos.

    Totally disagree with you. Having 3 MBs is suicidal for a long tournament such as WCh. Moreover, it is clear that Lloyd will be the starting setter so why to have 2 backup setter?

  • One change in German team: Marie Schölzel suffered an ankle injury in training yesterday and will miss WCH, Leonie Schwertmann replaces her in the roster.


    This really sucks, Schölzel is the youngest of our MBs but the only one who at least sometimes comes close to international level. With Gründing, Wezorke and Schwertmann as MBs it will be tough.

  • Brazil is travelling to Japan with 15 players:


    Opp: Tandara and Rosamaria (OH also)

    S: Dani Lins and Roberta

    OH: Natália, Fernanda Garay, Gabi, Drussyla and Amanda

    MB: Adenízia, Thaisa, Bia and Carol

    L: Suelen and Gabiru


    Natalia (c) is still recovering. In case she bounces back, she'll play and one of the girls will leave. Otherwise, she's the one to be cut.

  • Fenerbahce posted a photo and Ana is there practicing with the team.. so everything is fine with her physically.. I know she hasn't been stellar this summer, but neither has Zivkovic.. and Ana is a world class setter, Zivkovic is nowhere near the top..

    Also judging by the stats from their friendly match against Turkey, Serbia's savior Ognjenovic set Mihajlovic and Boskovic 43 and 42 balls respectively, while all of the others got 42 together.. you do the math

  • Fenerbahce posted a photo and Ana is there practicing with the team.. so everything is fine with her physically.. I know she hasn't been stellar this summer, but neither has Zivkovic.. and Ana is a world class setter, Zivkovic is nowhere near the top..

    Also judging by the stats from their friendly match against Turkey, Serbia's savior Ognjenovic set Mihajlovic and Boskovic 43 and 42 balls respectively, while all of the others got 42 together.. you do the math

    Anyone expecting a major change in the way Serbia play will be disappointed. It’s quite typical that the distribution will be 1/3 of balls to Boskovic, 1/3 to Mihajlovic and 1/3 to everyone else.


    The setters played badly this summer, but the real reason the VNL was such a disaster was because Mihajlovic got injured, meaning Boskovic was getting like 100 balls every match. And that would probably have happened if Ognjenovic had been there as well, the only difference is I expect her connection with the MBs (especially Rasic) to be better than what we saw from Zivkovic and Antonijevic this summer.