2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League

  • Efimova should really need to improve her blocking arm positioning. She's not reading the balls or the spikers.


    Romanova should take a few more risks when the rallies get more intense. A little more to the right and some pipe won't hurt.

    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

  • Efimova again! Her blocking with her arms is so uncreative. She got to use her mind when blocking especially the pipe or attacks from the middle.

    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

  • Russia will probably lose the points they made when Efimova comes back to the front. :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

  • Efimova is a disaster from every area of the court. Her overpass killed Russia's confidence. :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

  • Koolhas was amazing in this match. She's my MVP tonight.

    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

  • Ilchenko is really playing with her brain. I like her smartness. I still don't know why Malygina is on court if Romanova will not pass a ball to her. If Romanova had a fear about she couldn't hit a ball and why Pankov insisted on keeping her on court :wall: Malygina is OPP and she had to hit balls more than Ilchenko and others because she is out from reception. If she is unable to hit balls and why bring her to NT X(

  • Ilchenko seems to have improved a lot. Curious to see how she'll do against the bigger teams (besides NED, of course).
    I'm glad with Dutch girls' win! Koolhaas was great, as was Grothues. Buijs killed some very important balls too.


    On the other hand, Knip really needs to work on her sets to position 2, the game could've ended sooner had she got those balls to Plak right.

    Gold - European Championship 2013 (M) Prediction Game
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  • Koolhaas 7/7 in attack, Balkestein 10/15, Plak 15/31, Buijs 13/28. Russia really have to block better than this, even Fetisova who I really like seemed slow and in bad positions today.


    Congrats to the Dutch girls on a really good game and 3 victories :drink:

  • It also has to be said Boz is doing a great job so far. She might be the star of mediocre teams, and she might be underwhelming in comparison to the very best of Opp's in the world, but Gui is bringing the absolute maximum out of her, and she is in excellent form. :win:

  • I would set to 4 as well. That's the money shot.


    Trusting Malykh all the time can be a double edged blade and Efimova is too slow as a slider and Fetisova is not exactly that person.


    I just feel Romanova should've given Malykh or the pipe attackers some crucial balls but she's technically correct going to 4 all the time.


    I still think Russia's blocking with Efimova killed them. She was giving too big of a space for Netherlands to bring down the ball to their floor. That's not exactly a good habit for a middle blocker.

    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

  • I still don`t like the fact that the middles are being used more. Stevanovic - Popovic - Veljekovic - were all scoring a lot this season. Then they come to the NT and they play like cheerleaders. And they should be using these easy games to work on that...but I guess it will always be Mihajlovic-Boskovic only... and the whole world knows where the ball is always going.


    I like Mirkovic...she did a nice job with Chemick and especially Veljekovic. She fits the NT because she`s tall and good at the net and when the pass is not good she`s always there to make something happen. Serbia could not handle a shorter setter for example. Russia is struggling lately having shorter setters...

    You're comparing apples and oranges when you compare the role of our top middles in their clubs to their role in the NT (with exception of Rasic). The main reason why they get so many more balls in their respective clubs is because they don't have any terminators like Boskovic and Mihajlovic there, so they have to make up the difference.


    In other words, waiting for our middles to get as many balls as they do in their clubs (again, Rasic is a case for herself) is akin to waiting for Godot. ;) :D

  • Lang Ping did state before this competition that it'll be a test for their new players, their will be some challenges and losses to overcome. Korea's coach was very verbal while Lang Ping sat quietly examining her players self adjustment. Korea played their best match today while China did not, which is still a surprise, but I'm sure Lang Ping doesn't stress over it that much. She's very patient with her players and knows that mistakes aren't something you learn from overnight. Great job to Korea, onto the next week of matches!

  • It's fine if 4 is her usual set, but Malykh was basically reduced to a spectator for the last half of the 3rd set except of course when she was at 4. Sure, the MBs aren't the greatest attackers in the world but a little more variety is all I'm asking for.

  • It's fine if 4 is her usual set, but Malykh was basically reduced to a spectator for the last half of the 3rd set except of course when she was at 4. Sure, the MBs aren't the greatest attackers in the world but a little more variety is all I'm asking for.


    I agree but I still think the point of all of this is having Parubets and Voronkova with more confidence for the more important matches now that Kosheleva is out for this year. They really needed to have ball-killers at 4 which is probably the mission of Pankov for the VNL. Endless opposite setting will probably come back when Goncharova returns anyway. :rolll:

    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