So now that the WCCH is over, how is everyone feeling about Minas, Praia and the league so far in general?
Might be way too early, but I actually think MInas have a good shot at winning Superliga this year. And I'm glad Mayany is stepping up and taking Mara's spot too, as she's been underperforming since last season. I'm also surprised she got a best MB nod too and I'm really glad for her as well. Hopefully she manages to keep on playing consistently throughout the season.
About Praia, I'm not too confident on them yet. It's still too early for anything and we've seen Paulo Coco do his thing for a few years now, almost taking Minas to the finals in 2016/2017 and then winning it all with Praia last year, so I don't know. I do think they're the two best teams this year, though, unless Sesc drastically improves once Drussyla comes back (which, imo, is unlikely given how she'll only return in the playoffs).
Fluminense and Osasco might round up the fight for the last spot in semifinals, and I'll be rooting for the former as I really like Fluminense's style. Wouldn't be mad it Barueri made it too, but we all know how unlikely that is. There's Bauru too, but eh...
I guess the WCH is important both for Praia and Minas in two very different ways.
It was the confirmation for Praia that the system they want to put together is not working. I am sure Michelle won't last, that's a fact. She's worse than Amanda, so I think hiring her was not a good decision. Then, they need to decide what to do with Rosamaria. I don't think she should bench, but I don't think she should take Fawcett's spot either. Fawcett is an opposite who can score mostly with HIGH SETS. She's almost 32 years old, and she won't be the fastest attacker suddenly. So, I think Paulo should rethink the way the team is playing. Carli needs to adapt her style to the attackers she has because Praia ain't no USA NT to play with that crazy fast sets. There's an evident connection problem between the setter and attackers, and that's something they need to improve right away,since we're already on the 6th round of Superliga.
I believe Minas gained confidence during WCH. The victory against Eczacibasi was very meaningful for the team, and I believe they are happy with the silver considering that they were there to try to make it to the podium. Among the top teams, Minas is the one playing better at the moment. On a negative note, we have to mention Minas' bench. Superliga is a long champsionship, and I don't know whether Malu, Lana and Georgia are ready to do anything more than serving. Minas has the worst bench in comparison to the top teams in SL.
About the other teams, I know it is soon, but all have shown a high level of inconsistency. Osasco is improving tho. I saw their last match and Hooker did a reasonable job. And I also think Angela Leyva is playing better than last season. But, IMO Sesc is the only team that can challenge Minas and Praia, because they have, in general, a good roster. I just don't think that passing with Monique, Gabiru, Kosheleva and Peña is a good option. Since Kosheleva and Peña are the ones playing better, I would like to see Peña as OPP, Kasiely and Kosheleva as OH. Monique is underperforming both in attack and reception.