Argentina NT 2017

  • List for the 2017 season came out finally:

    Setters: De Cecco, D. Gonzalez, Cavanna, Riganti, Bittar, Sanchez

    Opposites: J. L. Gonzalez, Lima, Johansen

    Middle Blockers: Sole, Ramos, Crer, Flores, Imhoff, Gallego, Loser

    OH: Poglajen, Bruno, Toro, Zanotti, Quiroga (Gonzalo), Melgarejo, Lazo, Martinez, Mendez, Vinti

    Liberos: A. Gonzalez, Fernandez, Closter, Danani

    No Facundo Conte, he was given rest AGAIN for all the season (maybe he's just not interested anymore in playing something other than big championships). De Cecco was offered the same by the coach but he declined it cuz he wants to play :super:

  • Has Nicolas Uriarte as a setter born in 1990 retired from NT?
    Ivan Castellani?

    My favourite roster of Chinese
    male NT:
    S - Li Run-ming, Zhan Guo-jun
    OP - Dai Qing-yao, Jiang Chuan
    OH - Ji Dao-shuai, Xia Run-tao, Liu Li-bin, Zhang Chen
    MB - Zhang Zhe-jia, Chen Long-hai, Geng Xin
    L - Ren Qi

    female NT:
    S - Ding Xia, Yao Di
    OP - Gong Xiang-yu, Zhang Chang-ning
    OH - Hui Ruo-qi, Zhu Ting, Liu Xiao-tong, Li Jing
    MB - Yuan Xin-yue, Yan Ni, Xu Yun-li
    L - Lin Li

    My avatar is Jiang Chuan. I hope more persons love him.

  • Uriarte: no idea what's up with him. He voluntarily asked to be out for the olympics and now he doesn't appear in the list. Maybe he just doesn't want to play for the NT anymore...

    Castellani: is playing in Argentine league but he has never regained the level he used to have before the injuries, a real pity because he plays a position in which we always lack depth.

    Palacios: the biggest surprise for me, made the olympics list but now he's out. No idea either, did he got an injury in Poland? or maybe Velasco was just unsatisfied with his performance.

  • That's a pity. He played very well last year at WL and OG. He deserves to be given more chance at NT level.

    IMHO Gardini made good decision having Śliwka and Włodarczyk on court instead of Palacios :wavy:

    Gold medal - World League 2013 Prediction Game
    Bronze medal - World League 2012 Prediction Game

  • Velasco came out to clarify some things about absent players.

    About Uriarte he says that he quit the NT last year for personal reasons but was invited again to be part this year. However, Nicolas said the same reasons are still an impediment for him, so he's not taking part this year either.

    About Palacios, he said that they established a rule that only players that start for their clubs can be part of the NT. He also says that it seems Palacios was promised playing time when signing for the polish club, but in practice he hasn't been considered since day 1.…lasco-ahora-son-solo-232/

  • Palacios was on the bench all season long, playing only small episodes throughout season, however he performed surprisingly well in last game (around 20 points in 4-set game with high spiking %)

    Gold medal - World League 2013 Prediction Game
    Bronze medal - World League 2012 Prediction Game