2018 FIVB World Championship - Japan

  • If it really happens i guess it will be a first.!? Even in a friendly Montreux tournament i have never seen something like this.

    It wouldn't be the first time. WCh '06 also ended with the 5-place play-off game. Japan played in it, of course. Russia, Brazil and Serbia had to wait until it was over before they got their medals.

  • The attendance has been very low even for Japanese matches they are not sold out, part of that is because of all the natural disasters happening there,,,so I won`t judge ( But I remember in 2006 it was the same thing).


    So the good thing about Japan in the Final 6 is that we should ( at least I hope) see a bigger crowd....Assuming Japan won`t be in the final...I`m afraid we might see a half empty arena...even for the semis....another good thing that Japan will be playing a 5th place game as this would help bringing fans in.


    Some of these games does not even feels like it is a WCH....instead they seems more like a funeral.

  • The German NT were empty both in head and physcially, aside from super athlete Louisa Lippmann, who scored 14 points alone once more in three short sets. They were very tired in ninth match, about 24 hours after the hard four setter against Puerto Rico. The Dominicans had three easy sets yesterday and were physically superiour in every regard.


    well, i'm glad for DOM to show what they can do. also happy for PUR to show they can still beat 2nd-tier european teams in spite of all the problems they have faced ... years ago, PUR beat consistently GER, POL, CZE and BUL... PUR really needs better coaching and more support...

  • Some of these games does not even feels like it is a WCH....instead they seems more like a funeral.

    Of the many reasons Japan should chill on hosting duties this is the one that frustrates me most. It's embarrassing.


    AND ... The Japan games didn't have much, if any, "Here comes the Boom!" nonsense, I assume because the crowd was big enough they didn't have to fake enthusiasm noise. Get a crowd in there and do away with the the annoying BOOMS

  • Well after watching JPN-BRA match, I hope all the conspiracy theorists would stop blaming SRB and accept the fact that BRA simply did not deserve to be there. They had all the chances to change things but they didn't. The fall of BRA was not hard to guess. Ze relied on the golden generation for many years, playing with the same small pool just to win everything possible. It worked for that era but if you don't keep up bringing new talents from younger generations and make a smooth transition, it is obvious that they will stuck after golden generation retires.


    I am rooting for ITA for this tournament, they have an amazing group of talented youngsters with experienced Bosetti and De Gennaro. They are similar to TUR in that sense (youngsters with Eda and Simge) but simply their youngsters are way more talented than Turkish ones. In theory, ITA can dominate next 3 Olympic games with the same roster (replacing Lucia with her sister and a new libero). This young team already achieved more than they were expected, so every win from now on will be a huge success. I hope they will play the final against SRB.


    CHN seems to be even more fragile than OG due to their shaky reception line. They need a player like Hui against good server teams. Gong is playing way better than she played in VNL but still she is too inconsistent to be starting Opp a top team like CHN. I think Li Yingying should be trained as Opp to help this team. She has more potential as Opp than OH with such a bad receiving technique. The problem of this team, next to a weak reception line, the servers are quite bad in general (except Yuan)


    I don't like American team in this tournament. Everybody is showing less than what they are capable of. Akinradewo has never been a good blocker so if she is not used as a scoring player in a team, she will be very useless. In theory, Hill&Larson duo should most balanced OH duo in the world but both are quite bad at both attacking and reception. Opp is still a problem. Dixon is not showing anything special. They should play with Gibby instead. The only thing I like about this team is Robinson. She plays like a very experienced libero and she is one of the best of this tournament so far, she is very consistent especially at reception. I hope she can show such good performance in Vakifbank this year. All in all, I won't be surprised if they will be out of semis with a defeat against NED


    The most surprising team of this tournament was RUS. They have played very good in the absence of their star player. I really like Voronkova&Ilchenko I think they are a very balance OH duo and can serve to Russia for many years. Also Fetisova&Koroleva are great blockers. Considering the great performance of Startseva, this team could achieve a lot more with Goncharova. I hope she will recover soon. Only player I don't like was Galkina. If Malova will be back to her old level, this team will be medal contender again.

  • a few observations:


    1) feel bad for RUS, which is not my favorite team, but they were playing well and had they been in pool E, things would have been different. they might have been in final 6.


    2) feel bad for the golden generation of THA. what brave spirit they have, facing and beating much taller teams. they took US and RUS to 5 sets, it was never easy to beat them. onuma, wilavan, malika, nootsara, pleumjit are all over 30 and we may not see them in 2020 (if they qualify)...


    3) the debacle that was SRB's last 2 matches makes me not want to see them on the podium. contrast that to BRA, which after being eliminated, got mad and said, we're gonna fight and win this, even though it didn't mean anything anymore. i hope SRB finishing 3rd in their group will bite them in the backside...


    4) excited for le ragazze... i think ITA is playing like a well-oiled machine right now. hope i didn't jinx them!

  • I don't like American team in this tournament. Everybody is showing less than what they are capable of. Akinradewo has never been a good blocker so if she is not used as a scoring player in a team, she will be very useless. In theory, Hill&Larson duo should most balanced OH duo in the world but both are quite bad at both attacking and reception. Opp is still a problem. Dixon is not showing anything special. They should play with Gibby instead. The only thing I like about this team is Robinson. She plays like a very experienced libero and she is one of the best of this tournament so far, she is very consistent especially at reception. I hope she can show such good performance in Vakifbank this year. All in all, I won't be surprised if they will be out of semis with a defeat against NED

    I agree with you on some things, but I have different opinions about others. This WCH Larson has been superb in attack, especially these last few games where no one is stepping up, she always scores when needed.. wheather it's a hard hit, or smart tip she does her job, leads by example. It's true Hill is playing badly, her reception is shaky, but also she gets defended pretty easily even on those super fast sets, which hasn't been the case so far. In her defense Carli has been giving her many balls off the net, and there's no way to use those. I agree on Akinradewo, but she has had quite a few blocks this WCH.. to be honest I think her attacking is bad, especially today, but of course all the sets she got were trash. Even if the set is good, Carli is running such a predictable offense that Foluke faces 2 blockers most of the time. Dixon has been useless I agree.. Gibby should start, maybe even Adams. The OPPs are not that disappointing this tournament IMO.. Lowe has been good most of the time, whether it's part of the double sub, or playing full time.. And Murphy was good today, and yesterday too.. problem is Carli forgets about them, especially when back row. The thing I liked during the friendlies against Brazil is that Micha and Lauren, both used them on the pipe, or simply setting a right backcourt attack.. also Micha is using Hill on the pipe a lot, and she has been successful in that.. The most disappointing player for me is Carli.. she's simply playing bad. Bad decisions, predicatble sets, not enough creativity, many bad sets to the MBs (if given any balls). I'm not blaming her though, she's a very talented setter, but this system is not meant for her and that's about it. Micha was doing a much better job.

  • People say having Goncharova would make Russia even stronger, which is a resonable thing to say, but I kinda disagree.. and let me tell you why before judging me.


    They played much better these last few matches because Startseva was distributing her sets evenly, more balls to the MBs, less predictable offense.. Goncharova of course would kill the sets she's given, BUT having her on court makes Startseva go to 'all balls to Goncharova' mode.. less sets to the MBs, teams expecting the ball to go to Natalia and so on..