FIVB World Cup 2019 - Sept. 14 to 29, Japan

  • Everything an opposite player isn't supposed to do, and nothing an opposite player is supposed to do


    :D

    Well Sheilla used to be like that after London. We call her a stabilizing opposite but she can still score when Brazil needs her to score.


    To be fair with Gong, Sheilla rarely receives.

    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

  • Everything an opposite player isn't supposed to do, and nothing an opposite player is supposed to do


    :D

    Now that you mention it, that's kind of Risa Shinabe , too

  • The Busa of China. :lol:

    I like much both Busa and Gong <3 even though some terrible mistakes they did on court occasionally


    "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

  • A lot of the chinese clubs have receiving opposites. And if you're an opp player that wants to make it to the NT then you better have that in your skillset.

  • It looks like Liu Yan-han speaks the most fluent English among the current Chinese team members that she even acted as an interpreter for the post-match interview with Zhang Chang-ning.


    "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

  • It looks like Liu Yan-han speaks the most fluent English among the current Chinese team members that she even acted as an interpreter for the post-match interview with Zhang Chang-ning.

    Yeah, it sounded like her voice!

  • Today's match outcome is a nice repay by the Chinese squad to the straight set defeat to the U.S. team in the 2019 VNL, Jiangmen leg, 2019.6.13. In that match the Chinese team was steamrolled by the U.S. team, NT A vs NT A, 0-3 (17-25, 22-25, 21-25) in a shocking fast and furious game.


    The most significant differences of today's match cf. the VNL prelim: Wang Meng-jie was on court today instead of Lin Li and she played good or great in helping defence, while Lin was pointed as the main culprit of that easy defeat; also Zhang Chang-ning regained her top form compared to the summer.


    Matches between CHN vs USA are ever fascinating to watch and many times they look like a drama, and both teams are among the best in the world for many years.


    In a more ideal schedule, I'll expect this match be staged yesterday and CHN vs BRA and USA vs JPN be played today.


    "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

  • A lot of the chinese clubs have receiving opposites. And if you're an opp player that wants to make it to the NT then you better have that in your skillset.

    Lang Ping said in an interview a while ago. To qualify as an OPP in Chinese NT, you must have the ability to receive the ball. From Zeng to Gong, they all have same styles. Their attack is not as strong as top European OPPs like Egnou, Boskovic and Sloetjes, so they must have other skills to stand out and help the team.

  • Everything an opposite player isn't supposed to do, and nothing an opposite player is supposed to do


    :D

    But who needs a terminal opposite who can't play defense when you have Zhu? LP created a good balance of a team.

  • Yes, especially China has really good OHs now, Zhu, Zhang and Li. All of them are good hitters and somebody needs to do the dirty work like digging and passing.

    It's a balancing act. China's two OHs are tall and heavy so the defense is compensated with a tinier but agile opposite who does everything but score.


    For teams like Russia, they still haven't found the solution because they're no more producing players like Sokolova or Scherban even though they have historically great opposites.


    Brazil does not have either of the two so having balanced players from all parts of the pin with a good setter is important to be able to use the middle attacks but sadly they are not even that good anymore after Fabiana Walewska and Thaisa.

    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

  • Rossiya team is close to clinch a full 3 points retaining full sets against the ARG, happy go lucky team, leading 2-0 with ease now... securing the medal race!


    RUS is still fielding its main line-up against the team at the bottom of table, showing the importance of this match for them! Busato clearly does not want to take any risk. Sorry big girls, no rest for you :-)


    "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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  • just wonder: are there some good clubs sending offers to Ding,Yuan and Zhang,and Yan? never get some news about them

  • This Kenyan team will faithfully yet cheerfully contribute three full points in full three sets to every other participant here except perhaps its teammate from Africa :dance4:


    "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

  • And some may still have big smile(s) witnessing the brilliant strategy to dispatch the lesser team to the 'meaningless' World Cup :whistle:


    Talking about consequences.

    As far as consequences go, losing the #1 on FIVB is pretty milquetoast. You know, it really is not that important whether you are #1, 2, 3 or 4. As long as you are still in top 6, it's all good. In volleyball, it's much, much less important (and prestigious) to hold world #1 ranking spot than in football, basketball, or even tennis.


    Besides, what was the alternative? Let the A team play such exhausting tournaments as ECh and World Cup back-to-back, with less than a week of rest in-between?! Those 2 tournaments last a whole month between them. And then, to immediately begin a club season where every single member of Serbia's A team is playing an important role?!


    They would be dead come Tokyo. If you want someone to blame, blame FIVB and their idiotic schedule, not Serbian volleyball federation or Terzic.