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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Well said, who cares if you are No.1 or No.2?

  • Well said, who cares if you are No.1 or No.2?

    Actually it does matter for the Pools for the Olympics and any other tournament because your opponents are based on ranking and it will also determine when you play your opponents. Based on the qualified teams and World ranking of the best team from each Continent is as follows


    Pool A

    Japan (host)

    USA (3)

    Brazil (4)

    Italy (8)

    S. Korea (9, AVC)

    Cameroon (17, CAVB)


    Pool B

    Serbia (1)

    China (2)

    Russia (5)

    Netherlands (7, CEV)

    Dominican Republic (10, NORCECA)

    Argentina (11, CSV)


    Depending on what the new rankings will be at the end of this tournament (do they use the VNL results, continental champs, etc.) this will make a different. Brazil wants no part of the Dominican Republic in their match. USA would prefer to not have Japan but they are kind of stuck because China and Serbia will probably still be in front of them no matter what happens the rest of the World Cup.

  • In case you don't know, Pool B eliminated Pool A in the quarterfinals in Rio. So it's not necessarily a bad thing if you are in a stronger group.

  • "The hitter touched it last" Meaning that the ball stayed in contact with Zhu longer than with the block.
    These situations happen sometimes and it's hard to make a call. IMO Karch was right.

    I don't agree with you. We can analyze this logically. Zhu was pushing hard with that ball on Lowe's hand, with forward momentum. If zhu touched last, that ball would go to the freezone of USA side. however, that ball was going outbound on China's side of the net, which means physically it's impossible that Zhu touched that ball last. To me, that was just USA's coach being whiny and lost his cool.

  • 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.

    It is not the reasons that one would like to argue... nope, I don't want to argue about the too close the schedule of the two, I even have no idea which side fixed its schedule first... but at the end it might simply no choice as the club wheels will soon rotate... and things that you outlined are true, basically it becomes a mutual-exclusive choice for those teams played in the finals or semifinals; and it happened only SRB was qualified among the 4 ECH semifinalists, and truly its choice to dispatch the non-main starting lineup team is logical!


    It's just the silliness to belittle the WC by some that said, rattled folks like me, when in fact it gives out the WR points that will determine ranks and future seeding etc. Say whatever one wants about the WR points and WR but FIVB just attaches some weight there that has its own consequences! Indeed I just teased back... that's all. And only when some serious type like you gave response that I care to explain :-) I read your some truthful post about the team member in the team's thread. As one who had opportunity to visit the Balkan region in the last winter for nearly fortnight incl. having night at Belgrade I may grasp what you explained. Btw you all have a grandeur Saint Sava, still under renovation back then... just beautiful, very tranquil. Peace.


    "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

  • I don't agree with you. We can analyze this logically. Zhu was pushing hard with that ball on Lowe's hand, with forward momentum. If zhu touched last, that ball would go to the freezone of USA side. however, that ball was going outbound on China's side of the net, which means physically it's impossible that Zhu touched that ball last. To me, that was just USA's coach being whiny and lost his cool.

    It is possible. From the slow motion replay you can see the ball was blocked by Lowe and the ball was kept in between both players' hand for a short period of time. It is hard to tell who touched the ball last. To replay this point could be a better solution.

  • No.1 and No.2 will be in the same group. However, russi, brazil, netherlands,italy.. etc may have different group!!


    Btw, after this tournament,We will hear the world NO.1 and reigning olympic champion China in all the volleyball broadcasting~~~ :lol:

  • since 1992 all gold medal winners came from pool B

    That's a bizarre fact! That's SEVEN Olympic Cycles, or a 24-year time span.... and simply pretty long for a coincidence :whistle:


    "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 is possible. From the slow motion replay you can see the ball was blocked by Lowe and the ball was kept in between both players' hand for a short period of time. It is hard to tell who touched the ball last. To replay this point could be a better solution.

    The replay cannot show everything due to the angle. Physically, it's impossible that Zhu touched with that ball last, because it's one motion with Zhu pushing forward and the ball moved back ward to China's side.

    BTW, that Bartsch net touch in the first set was right caught by the camera. No replay, no shouting and finger pointing from China's side either.

  • No.1 and No.2 will be in the same group. However, russi, brazil, netherlands,italy.. etc may have different group!!


    Btw, after this tournament,We will hear the world NO.1 and reigning olympic champion China in all the volleyball broadcasting~~~ :lol:

    Let's make you a deal...you guys let us have Olympic Gold and you can keep world No.1 title for the next 10 years. How does that sound?;):rolll:

  • No 1 and No 2 will be in the same group, for sure. So, it doesn't matter.

    Yeah I really don't see why should anyone think about which pool they are in. It's not going to significantly change the outcome anymore like it did two quadrinneals ago.

    Like Dominican Republic scares the Brazilians?They qualified for Tokyo while experimenting against them. They're not a threat to them if this squad is fully healthy for the olympics or 50% injured.

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  • No.1 and No.2 will be in the same group. However, russi, brazil, netherlands,italy.. etc may have different group!!


    Btw, after this tournament,We will hear the world NO.1 and reigning olympic champion China in all the volleyball broadcasting~~~ :lol:

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  • As no surprise the only 2 teams that are a threat for China, are Serbia and Italy....(Brazil can push them a "little bit" when they play their best).


    I`m fine with China heading into the Olympics as #1, that means less pressure on Serbia. Would be nice if Serbia had their A team and we could for sure know who is currently the number 1 team in the World......BUTTTT....it actually just makes it more exciting for the Olympics.....since neither teams will be playing their best during VNL.....


    My gut is telling me the Final will be once again Serbia vs China with Italy/Japan for the Bronze.


    I bet Zhu will get another MVP.....but since she already won in 2015, I wish they would give it this time for Yuan, Ding Xia or Changning.