Russian NT 2018

  • My Russian team for WCH:


    OH: Voronkova, Shcherban, Khodunova, Kotikova
    MB: Koroleva, Fetisova, Efimova
    OPP: Goncharova, Malygina (for double sub with Startseva... or try Petrova...)
    S: Vetrova, Startseva
    L: Ulanova, Kryuchkova


    I think Russia should mainly play with the Dinamo Moscow team. They played pretty well in the playoffs...

  • After 4th week Elena Godina shared her thoughts about NT. She said that it would be better for Biryukova to sit at bench not to play on court. She was also not satisfied with basic mistakes. She was not also agreed with Romanova's passes, which she had to pass fast and not clearly to show her passes when she passed to Parubets, she is not tall and blockers easily can block her. Parubets also try to play with her brain, when she sees tall blocks in front of her, it is better to train how to make block outs instead of get blocked. It is not important you will beat or lose, it is really important to fight on court, that's what we really want from our players :)


  • I disagree with this.


    Vetrova and Startseva are almost similar setters. Double substitution would be useless and Malygina is terrible. What use would she have in WCH? Romanova played well for the crew that she had. It's impossible to win the games without Goncharova and we are leaving her behind just to have the Dinamo Moscow team that had no competition after Vasileva had a shoulder injury?


    Efimova? No Parubets? I'm sick. :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

  • From what I read, she won't have enough time to recover from her injury and train for WCH. Voronkova can somehow take her role in the team as offensive OH.


    Voronkova is not on the level of Kosheleva at attacking but she is already better at reception than Kosheleva. So far, Voronkova used her chances to shine better than Prubets

  • Staff of Russian NT for last week :


    S : Romanova, Novik, Ryseva
    MB : Lazarenko, Lyubishkina, Samoilenko, Brovkina
    OPP : Malykh, Malygina, Kotikova
    OH : Voronkova, Kutyukova, Biryukova, Yurinskaya
    L : Gorbacheva, Kurnosova

  • According to Pankov's words, tomorrow the game against Poland will be tough, Poland is a serious opponent and they are also the host team will play with full of fans. According to Pankov's words there are no empty place will be available in the game Poland against Russia, also Pankov mentioned that fans of Poland are very respectful and he didnt think fans would affect their game unless they would be unrespectful. He also added it would be tough and interesting game. Let's see.
    It is sad Parubets has an injury and she skips the last week. Fortunately, her injury is not serious

  • With the way Lyubushkina is playing atm, I think she has secured her spot for WCH if not as starting MB, she is a good bench player or as serving sub. In hindsight, I’m glad Goncharova decided to skip VNL entirely I can only imagine she would be overworked more than the usual good fortitude by her and the coach.


    Speaking of Russian liberos, I wonder who is Russia’s best alternative to Malova if they go the two libero route. In my opinion, Kryuchkova needs to be invited back for WCH to stabilize the passing.

  • After the game, they asked Pankov about situation of Goncharova, he said that she were training, preparing WCH. Although Tanya's situation is uncertain, I still have a hope she will join NT in WCH. It seems some players already started to train and prepare WCH, it is really good to hear that they take WCH as serious as they can. At least they are not on holiday, they try to do their best. VNL is over for us this year, we will not play in F6. It's time to forget everything like they didn't happen and open empty new page. Well, hope our players and coaches are focusing on WCH now. At least we know most of our opponents in VNL. Well, hope we will play better in WCH.

  • What I need to say that I really like Voronkova, that girl has HUUGE potential. I just hope She will not stay in Russian league her whole life. I'm very interested how She would play in team with faster game and with more option in attack. Her performance in Kazan was great when She had Vasileva and Mammadova next to her and even without Vasileva She step up her game.


    She can become even better player than Kosheleva when it comes to OH position because not only that She can attack but She can recive, She can serve. It is early to say this but like I said She has potential it is on her how good She will become.


    But I don't how will Russia look if they decide to put Voronkova and Kosheleva as starter OHs....

  • What I need to say that I really like Voronkova, that girl has HUUGE potential. I just hope She will not stay in Russian league her whole life. I'm very interested how She would play in team with faster game and with more option in attack. Her performance in Kazan was great when She had Vasileva and Mammadova next to her and even without Vasileva She step up her game.


    She can become even better player than Kosheleva when it comes to OH position because not only that She can attack but She can recive, She can serve. It is early to say this but like I said She has potential it is on her how good She will become.


    But I don't how will Russia look if they decide to put Voronkova and Kosheleva as starter OHs....


    Well, if we had a great coach like Guidetti, Voronkova and Kosheleva can play at the same time on court because I remember Vakifbank had Hill and Zhu Ting on reception once, they had Nikolic and Glinka once and they were successful. Well, it depends on tactics of coaches I think. In our situation it's better to keep one of them on court if you want to avoid lack of reception and defence. I can't say accurate things, it can depend on Pankov. I think if we choose smart and good tactics, Kosheleva and Voronkova can play at the same time on court, when Kosheleva will be in 6th zona and you can replace her with libero or Kutikova. I also have to say it is mostly depend on teams, if you play strong teams which they have a great serve and it's better to keep one of them outside because our reception can be destroyed by smart teams.

  • I think Russia needs Yana Scherban as an all around-ish OH back... i like Parubets but Scherban always feels more reliable to me then her.


    I think I would bring Voronkova, Kosheleva, Scherban and Parubets as OHs


    Biryukova and the other one is pointless if I'm honest, Russia needs to develop at least 1 really good defensive OH in the near future!

  • What I need to say that I really like Voronkova, that girl has HUUGE potential. I just hope She will not stay in Russian league her whole life. I'm very interested how She would play in team with faster game and with more option in attack. Her performance in Kazan was great when She had Vasileva and Mammadova next to her and even without Vasileva She step up her game.


    She can become even better player than Kosheleva when it comes to OH position because not only that She can attack but She can recive, She can serve. It is early to say this but like I said She has potential it is on her how good She will become.


    But I don't how will Russia look if they decide to put Voronkova and Kosheleva as starter OHs....


    I'm not agreed with you about Voronkova's serve because she has unwanted mistakes on serve. I still think Lyubishkina, Efimova and Romanova were better than Voronkova on serve. It is still uncertain Kosheleva will join NT or not. Well, I do hope that she will join NT in WCH. Did you watch last games? Malykh was better than others last week, especially the game against Poland. I think she needs time to adapt NT, she didn't play last year in NT. I also hope Pankov will find and adapt new players to NT next years. He already gave a chance to Lazarenko (she is only 20) and I really liked her blocking skills and she was better than Efimova. Kotikova was a young player too although I didn't like her performance this year but hope she will improve her skills during next years. Tatiana Iurinskaya was the 2nd player who got over 300 points in regular season. I hope Pankov will give her a chance next years. Well, it is early to discuss future and I think it's better to focus on WCH and hope our players will do that. :rolleyes:

  • I think the core should be Dinamo Moscow players as they had somewhat good result in CL. Goncharova should still be the main scoring option, they just need someone to help her carry the load. I also think Russia's block-defence is worse now than it was when Marichev was managing the team. I remember Russia's roster in WC 15 was pretty competitive, but in hindisght Kosheleva still had her stellar attack back then and of course Malova made the difference in defence.

  • I'd like to watch TV programma about Natalya Safronova's currently situation. Her situation really makes me sad. I guess that she still has healthy issues. Unfortunately, our sport TV channels aimed to football. They are not interested in other things which Natalya Safronova was a strong player and at least she deserved it. I do hope our sport channels will make program about her current situation. I'd rather like to watch about her current situation. I want to hope that she is okay now and she will be good day by day. God bless her and everyone