Chinese NT 2018

  • This article run by the Eastday Sports (19 Sep) speculates that most likely Diao will be cut from the final 14 list. Many fans said that Diao Linyu is directly marginalized in the photos, standing so far away from the adjacent teammate, Hu Mingyuan.

    Nonetheless, it also points out that Lang team may possibly bring all the 15 players in the family portrait to Japan, with the one not selected to act as a member of officials, helping in training process and so forth, as well as to get the major intense competition atmosphere and pressure from close distance for future personal growth. In the case of Diao, she's still young and has the prospect in future. But again, this is only a speculation or prediction.

    Notice that in the family portrait, there's no Lang's good sister, Lai Yawen. Some folks speculate that Xu Yunli who has frequently appeared in the NT training may take over Lai's coaching role soon one day.

    As about the participation of Xu Luyao in the NT training, the article mentions that Lang Ping might wish to observe her potential from a close distance under the NT coaching team's guidance before the young player can really be admitted into the NT training... a reserve talent for the future! After all, Xu Luyao can play as the main attacking force but also can take the role of an all-round talent.


    EDIT: just read that the BRA team will be traveling to Japan bringing along its 15 players. Therefore it has a good ground for the Eastday Sports article's speculation that the CHN team may possibly bring all the 15 players in the family portrait to Japan, regardless who is being dropped finally.

    "The majority of men are not capable of thinking, but only of believing and are not accessible to reason but only to authority." -­ Arthur Schopenhauer

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  • Congrats to China in the Asian Cup! I think the most important match was against Thailand in the semifinals, who brought their main team. China was up 2 sets, but let Thailand take the next 2. Blocking was the key during the Finals against Japan.

    Liu Yanhan was unstoppable! Although this was against weaker teams, I think Lang Ping knows she still has talent which is why she brings her back every year. It's a matter of getting Liu to perform this same way consistently against top teams which she has yet been able to do. Her reception also has not improved overtime.

    Sun Haiping also played well making smart decisions and distributing the ball evenly. She seems a good future prospect to invest in. Though it will be hard for her to get playing time during the league season playing behind Ding Xia in Liaoning, but she will get good experience learning from her.

    Zhang Yichan/Duan Fang provided stable contributions. Coach Shi Hairong's decision to make Yang Zhou start in the third set of the finals was a smart move. Her block was strong, creating problems for Japan. She kind of reminds me of Yan Ni, why doesn't Lang Ping train her?

    Is Zhang Changning and Zeng Chunlei really prepared and healthy for the long world championship tournament? Makes me wonder if part of the reason Lang Ping has yet to release the 14 player roster is to see how others played in the Asian Cup that could take their spot if one of them is not ready. The only other option would be Liu Yanhan.

  • Liu Yanhan only prolong her stay at the NT. She has not been on the A team since 2015 World Cup so she has a long way to improve to make her case in the future. Lang Ping likes to give opportunities to young prospects and Liu Yanhan does not fit that category. I think her best scenario is being a backup like Liu Xiaotong if she improves her reception.

    Sun Haiping's weakness is her blocking. Lang Ping likes tall setters or ones that can block. Wang Na is an example of missing this criteria. Hopefully she improves on that. I think playing on another team is the better option because a player needs playing time in order to improve, especially for young talents.

    Zhou Yang was part of the A team that Lang Ping cut along with Wang Yimei and others so don't expect her to be back on the team. Heard she might retire soon because she has a teaching certificate. Good luck to her.

    Lang Ping always release the roster at the final moment so no need to speculate anything. We can only hope everyone is 100% healthy and ready to play. WCh is grueling tournament and the hardest to win for CNT. We hope the drought will end this time.

  • Sorry. Yang Zhou's surname is Yang. The most famous Zhou Yang is a short track speed skater.

    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.

  • Unavoidable, difficult decision but one player must be left out at the end, this time it is Diao Lin-yu as rightly speculated by the Eastday Sports in the article above, last time in the 2016 Rio the pain was with Zeng Chun-lei... but this time Zeng is in :)

    so I wish Diao won't break and remains keeping a positive outlook for future (who knows the team brings her along to the championship as a special aide to get the direct touch with the WCH atmosphere and pressure)...

    Wish the best for the team! FIGHT!! :super:The expectation for the Chinese team in this toughest tournament is very high... while the grouping is not favourable for the Chinese squad, for being in the same group as ITA, TUR and AZE, then USA and RUS in the 2nd Round... Lang team needs to make a break away from this encirclement! It has been over three decades since the last glory in this tournament. Wish the team good luck. My heart is with them!

    From the chart made by SINA SPORTS, I merely added the English names of the pass winners.

    The interesting thing that I observe from this table, some past winners are no longer exist, or separated/broken up, some other names fell down so deep to become the unknown (irrelevant) nowadays.... only a very significant tournament with long enough history may see through all these developments...

    Well, taking this opportunity, I wish all here who celebrate the autumn festive, Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

    THE 2018 AVC CUP, the 6th Edition

    Yes, Congratulation to the Chinese Team #2 to win the 6th edition of the AVC Cup for Women's Volleyball, 2018 hosted in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. This is the 5th title for the Chinese team, and Thailand is the only other team that ever wins such title, that is in the 2012 edition in Almaty, KAZ.

    I am also just aware that there's another continental Asian tournament that's more prestigious than the AVC Cup, that is the Asian Volleyball Championship :)

    The Final Standings:

    1.CHN 2.JPN 3.THA 4.TPE 5.VIE

    6.KOR 7.AUS 8.IRI 9.PHI 10.KAZ

    "The majority of men are not capable of thinking, but only of believing and are not accessible to reason but only to authority." -­ Arthur Schopenhauer

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