2018 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • Perfect! China 2-1 Bulgaria!

    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.

  • Bulgaria getting the shutdown by the chinese block. :gone:

    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

  • Wow CHN is leading 2 sets to 1. Not sure if BUL is playing worse or Lozano is doing wonders with the Chinese. They are blocking the Bulgarians at will.


    Chinese players are tall even the setter is 195cm. Bulgaria being too dependent without the pipe or middle attacks is a recipe for disaster. They need to play a little variety or they'll get marked.


    If Lozano and his staff could improve the chinese athleticism mainly the blockers and the serve efficiency they are going to be a pain in someone else behind. :white:

    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


  • Chinese players are tall even the setter is 195cm. Bulgaria being too dependent without the pipe or middle attacks is a recipe for disaster. They need to play a little variety or they'll get marked.


    If Lozano and his staff could improve the chinese athleticism mainly the blockers and the serve efficiency they are going to be a pain in someone else behind. :white:


    Totally! Once they level the playing field on muscle game no one would question anymore their slot in the elite group.

  • China's outside hitters are losing aggression in attack. If they could not kill the ball, it would depend on their opposite to make the points.


    Uchikov's presence probably muted them. Once he was there, china's OH deflated and intimidated. Maybe the block was better with his height than it did with Yordanov.


    Seganov and Gotsev played in Sora before. I think their connection was better than with the other MB or Bratoev.

    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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  • Liu Li-bin didn't participate in this match due to the cramp in the warm-up against Argentina. Zhang Chen, Du Hai-xiang and Zhang Jing-yin couldn't replace him now. Of course, Zhang Jing-yin is good in this match as the youngest player in this Chinese men's NT. Du Hai-xiang as "a libero who can spike the ball" has finished his task well. Zhang Chen ... perhaps please focus on his younger sister, Zhang Chang-ning more.

    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.

  • Poor Koreans. This is not VNL form. They are still Group 3 material. Other teams bench players will have a field day against them if this is their best. I wonder what the Slovenians are thinking right now.

  • Poor Koreans. This is not VNL form. They are still Group 3 material. Other teams bench players will have a field day against them if this is their best. I wonder what the Slovenians are thinking right now.


    In 2018 Men's European Volleyball League, Gasparini, Sket, Pajenk, Cebulj, Urnaut, Vincic, Ropret and Kovacic all have rests!
    If Slovenia hope to return WL/VNL, it needs to be No.1 in the group.
    They are kidding us!
    1-3 Netherlands
    https://www.cev.eu/Competition…hStatistics.aspx?ID=31127
    0-3 Ukraine
    https://www.cev.eu/Competition…hStatistics.aspx?ID=31129

    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.

  • At the moment, i can't see a scenario where this may end well for the german team. Kampa has zero connection with his attackers and Zaytsev and Juantorena are toying with the german block. I am not even mentioning reception. That being said, there are really a bunch of good servers on the italian side.....

  • anyone knows the roster for Japan? will Ishikawa-Yanagida-Otake trio play?


    No, Yanagita-Fukuzawa-Nishida is playing.


    Fukuzawa comes back to NT.
    Nishida is a new left-handed Opp who was born in 2000. He is very short(187cm) but jumps very high, like Victor Poletaev.


    Ishikawa probably joins the team on 3rd week.


    Otake is a substitute Opp.


  • They still won the group 2 league last year. The fact they are not playing in VNL is a giant stain to whatever FIVB represent to this sport.


    You should also consider that Slovenia may not have enough sponsors that can invest after FIVB tricked them into playing for meaningless tournament. They could also be exhausted or tired to play in all tournaments. Their main objective should be have a good result in the world championship and by resting their stars, they have bigger chances to have that if their team is complete. Last year, Cebulj was unavailable for ECH and look where that took them. No medal. :down:

    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

  • Juantorena doesn't look good like he just got off drugs and is just completing rehab sort of look. :gone:

    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