2018 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • Philippov had 6 aces in three sets! I think he has just secured the 4th MB spot/serving specialist for WCH: Muserskiy, Volvich, Vlasov, Philippov


    Poletaev played better against USA today. I hope Russia and USA will be in different group and face each other in the semis so we can see Mikhaylov x Anderson matchup :cheesy:


    I have to disagree with your MB order.


    I think Philippov is 3rd and Vlasov is 4th or fifth once Kurkaev returns to NT.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • It's a meaningless match. I would like to see Russia in full power but it seems we have to wait for the final 6. It's been a long time since Russia assembled its strongest formation with Muserskiy as its vital core player. I wonder how they will do without Butko or Grankin as the main setter for VNL.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • Congratulations to Poland. With how the world cup is going for their country, this is a brilliant result for them after all the doubts on their young players, the new coach and his system. Seems like Volleyball will remain as their top team sports for a long while if they keep this up and they still have no Leon in their roster. :super:

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • Lanza and Colaci are not playing well together in reception. Baranowicz making imprecise sets.


    USA uncharacteristically served great during the beginning of this set which is quite advantageous for their style of defense.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

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  • Italy is so painful to watch. They are not using the chances when counter happens. Biggest culprits: Lanza is a mess again, just too inconsistent and Baranowicz has no connection with everyone besides Zaytsev.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • France roster :


    S Benjamin Toniutti, Antoine Brizard



    OP Stephen Boyer, Jean Patry



    MB Kevin Le Roux, Nicolas Le Goff, Barthelemy Chinenyeze, Jonas Aguenier
    OH Earvin Ngapeth, Kevin Tillie, Thibault Rossard, Julien Lyneel



    LJenia Grebennikov, JeremieMouiel.


    Poland :
    S: Grzegorz Łomacz (PGE Skra Bełchatów), Fabian Drzyzga (Olympiakos Pireus).



    OP: Maciej Muzaj (Jastrzębski Węgiel), Bartosz Kurek (Ziraat Bankasi Ankara), Damian Schulz (Trefl Gdańsk).




    MB: Mateusz Bieniek (ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle), Bartłomiej Lemański (Asseco Resovia Rzeszów), Jakub Kochanowski (Indykpol AZS Olsztyn).



    OH: Mateusz Mika (Trefl Gdańsk), Aleksander Śliwka (Asseco Resovia Rzeszów), Artur Szalpuk (Trefl Gdańsk), Bartosz Bednorz (PGE Skra Bełchatów), Bartosz Kwolek (ONICO Warszawa).




    L: Paweł Zatorski (ZAKSA Kędzierzyn-Koźle), Michał Żurek (Indykpol AZS Olsztyn).






    have anyone USA and Russia roster ?

  • Mateusz Mika underwent surgery to remove his inflamed appendix last night. He definitely will be missing VNL the final six in France.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • He has been injured way before the start of VNL. He still cant hit the ball becuase of his injured shoulder. So even if hes back to the WCH. I think Tillie will go with the one libero and have one OH wearing ibero shirt. Tillie has been underperforming since she had the surgery. I though he had shoulder problems back to 2017?? But he couldnt jump now even in Chinese league he wasnt performing well.

  • He has been injured way before the start of VNL. He still cant hit the ball becuase of his injured shoulder. So even if hes back to the WCH. I think Tillie will go with the one libero and have one OH wearing ibero shirt.Tillie has been underperforming since she had the surgery. I though he had shoulder problems back to 2017?? But he couldnt jump now even in Chinese league he wasnt performing well.


    I'm surprised by this because Tillie is performing better than Ngapeth in VNL. He also performed better than Perrin in Beijing of the Chinese league according to Tomen in one of his posts.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • Perrin sat on the bench for most of the time. No need to compare these two. Lyneel was better than Tillie though. Good sign is that the last week in Italy Tillie showed some signs of his full competence. So the wings for the starting line up should be Rossard and Ngapeth.

  • He has been injured way before the start of VNL. He still cant hit the ball becuase of his injured shoulder. So even if hes back to the WCH. I think Tillie will go with the one libero and have one OH wearing ibero shirt. Tillie has been underperforming since she had the surgery. I though he had shoulder problems back to 2017?? But he couldnt jump now even in Chinese league he wasnt performing well.


    Do you mean Clevenot has his shoulder injured?

  • I'm surprised by this because Tillie is performing better than Ngapeth in VNL. He also performed better than Perrin in Beijing of the Chinese league according to Tomen in one of his posts.


    I think Tillie’s prime was in 2015. He really did an awesome job as N’gapeth’s opposite. He was injured during WL 2016, and when he’s back to the starting squad at Rio Olympics, he could hardly spike. He’s never back to his optimal shape since then.

  • Perrin sat on the bench for most of the time. No need to compare these two. Lyneel was better than Tillie though. Good sign is that the last week in Italy Tillie showed some signs of his full competence. So the wings for the starting line up should be Rossard and Ngapeth.


    Perrin started quite a lot in Beijing even when Kubiak arrived.


    I would start with Tillie/Lyneel and Ngapeth. I think Rossard is very good coming off the bench than as a starter.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda

  • Brazil squad for F6:
    S: Bruno, William
    OPP: Wallace, Evandro
    OHs: Maurício B., Douglas Souza, Victor Birigui, Lucas Lóh
    MBs: Maurício S., Lucão, Éder, Isac
    L: Murilo, Thales
    Players cut: Leozinho (OH), Alan (OPP), Otávio (MB), Lipe (OH, injury).
    Surprised he's taking 19yo Birigui to the F6. I don't expect any good result from this team to be honest.

    Gold - European Championship 2013 (M) Prediction Game
    Bronze - World Championship 2014 (W) Prediction Game

  • No changes for the serbian roster.

    Favorite players: M: Maxim Mikhaylov, Murilo, Serginho, Aaron Russell, Otavio, Simone Giannelli, Ivan Zaytsev, Tsvetan Sokolov, Michał Kubiak, Mariusz Wlazly, Pawel Zagummy W: Sheilla, Zhu Ting, Natalia, Fe Garay, Fofao, Gabi, Thaisa, Foluke Akinradewo, Wei Qiuyue, Ding Xia, Carli Lloyd, Fabi, Natalia Goncharova, Yuko Sano, Saoris Kimura and Sakoda