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

  • Why Araki isn't playing? Has something happened with her?

    Gold Medal - Prediction Game - Men's - Olympic Games 2012
    Gold Medal - Prediction Game - Men's - European Championship 2015
    Silver Medal
    - Prediction Game - Women's - Olympic Games 2012

    がんばれ 日本!

  • Wang Yuanyuan seems to favored by Lang Ping. Maybe she will be the third MB in Tokyo? Though we still have to see how the season goes and how they play during VNL as that will be their last chance to show their skills.

    Expect Wang Yuanyuan and Yang Han-yu to play a lot in the 2020 VNL along with other subs and reserves! The great festive testing ground.


    "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

  • The Asia's ranked #2 simply destroyed the Latin America's #2... JPN v ARG 3:0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-14)


    And Ai Kurogo played as sub in all three sets! Attacks 5/10.


    Just spotted her awaited appearance in this tournament!


    "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

  • WHY BE SO RUDE ??? Just skip it if you didn't like what I posted!! Yeah you're the smarter class here :wall:


    Had I enjoyed watching the silly anorectic fashion model I wouldn't have been here! :P


    Btw you can add me in your ignored list if you don't like my post! No need to act uncivilized here!!

    I don’t think you meant anything bad by it, but please don’t call anorexic people silly. This is a very serious condition that most people don’t understand and to call them silly is quite disrespectful.


    Sorry. I know this is off-topic and not the place for this discussion but I hope you understand where I’m coming from.

  • WORLD CUP:


    1. ALL STAR ASIAN TEAM

    OH: Zhu Ting, Zhang Changning

    OPP: Kim Yeonkoung (moving her here)

    S: Miya Sato

    MB: Yan Ni, Yuan Xinyue

    L: Hae Ran Kim


    2. ALL STAR AMERICAN TEAM

    OH: Kelsey Robinson, Brayelin Martinez

    MB: Chiaka Ogbogu, Fabiana Claudino

    S: Macris Carneiro

    OPP: Andrea Drews
    L: Leia


    3. ALL STAR EUROPEAN TEAM

    OH: Voronkova, Buijs
    OPP: Goncharova

    MB: Koroleva, Aleksic

    S: Mirkovic

    L: Pusic

  • China could very well saved its team energy by playing bench players, a very legitimate decision, instead of its starting line-up against the RUS team. That match outcome ain't significant for China at all, which already secured its spot. And that might be Lang Ping's very silly fault to play a high sportsmanship, when the SRB team already set the tactical example first. And really, who could complain about that SRB's tactical decision that ended up with that match owned by the host team and eventually kicked out the BRA team?? I blamed Lang Ping for her such naivety!


    I just hope that Lang would have learnt good lessons from that situation!

    It was the same for Italy, that was dead-tired at the end of the competition...

    I'm not fan of the formula of WCH, I prefer to have 1/8 and 1/4 finals rather than the final 6

  • I couldn't follow this competition a lot but looking at the stats, Sheilla had 1 kill on 10 attempts today :gone: Did Ze Roberto really think she was able to be back in a good shape in a few weeks ?:gone:

  • I mostly agree but I’m not sure how Buijs gets in there. Parubets has been far better.

  • my picks:

    OH: Zhu, Robinson

    OPP: Goncharova

    MB: Koroleva, Yuan

    S: Ding Xia

    L: can't pick one. Maybe the Japanese libero? Maybe a bit biased, but i've been quite impressed with Pilipenko.

  • Congratulations for China for their 5th Women's World Cup win. It is important to point out that after 1981s and 1985s victories, they won World Championships, and after 2003s and 2015s victories, they won two Olympic golds. I guess it's a quite good prediction for them to win World Cup a year ahead of important global competition, if that was Italy, we would know they won't reach Olympics SF a next year. :P


    Zhu Ting was outstanding as always, I don't want to drag out this whole discussion, but I think this tournament once again showed her biggest argument in comparisons to elite opposites like Egonu and Boskovic - she's not only a killer on offense, in contrary - on the left wing, but she's also so great in limiting errors, for example this tournament she's been attacking on 55% efficiency, and only 7% of her attacks ended as points for China's opponents, basically it's impossible to make less errors than she does this tournament and in her whole career considering how dominant her role is in every team she plays in on offense. I guess she'll receive another MVP - and she will become first back-to-back MVP in both female and male World Cups.


    I think that in general, China's team is Olympic-ready form-wise, style-wise and definitely was ready shape-wise during this tournament. Taking into account the way they defeated Turkey during Tokyo qualification, I think this year Lang Ping's team played the best volleyball in women's competitions, even better than Serbia. This tournament, they basically have had up to know one moment of weakness: against Brazil, but they were still able to fight over difficulties and get a W.


    Like I said previously, the biggest development in overall of Chinese performance, outside of being in top shape of every starting player, was in my opinion Yuan Xinyue. China plays differently than in a past, when middle blockers were perhaps the most important part of an offensive strategy (Zhao Ruirui, Zhang Ping in Athens, Xue Ming later) of Kun Feng-based setting system - because now they have Zhu, but Yuan was still able to be the best player on a court during crucial game against Brazil, and her offensive stats (63% efficiency on attack) are truly amazing as for female middle blocker. She's also 6th in blocking statistics, so I guess her and Koroleva will receive awards for best middle blockers. If she maintains this level of performance next year, China will have another amazing option on their offense, with quality setter Ding Xia capable of exploiting that.


    My biggest question mark regarding China's team is whether Zhang Changning will be able to reproduce this type of performance next year. She's very quality player with her serve, blocking, quite solid receiving and good offensive skills - and played on similar level four years ago during previous World Cup, but I do remember she didn't play her best in Rio nor during last WCHs. When China has on a court second high-efficiency winger around a net like Zhang. they're so difficult to beat with their error-less style of playing, and if Zhang plays the way she's been playing this tournament, I think they're the front-runners to defend their Olympic gold.


    Last but not least - in 2016, Lang Ping became the first ever person in volleyball to win Olympic gold as a person and a player, and how she has become first person ever to win back-to-back World Cups both as a player (1981 and 1985) and a coach (2015 and 2019). The latter will be possible to reproduce in a future only if some Italian player from 2007-2011 teams or one of Chinese players from this team decide to start her coaching career and become the very best, like Lang Bing has done 23 years ago when she took a job of a coach of China NT back in 1995 for a first time. :P I didn't notice any Cubans from 90s Golden Generation to become relevant coaches yet.


    Oh, and I forgot, with five World Cups won, China set a record of wins within this competition, previously shared with Cuba. That's a nice achievement, and like I said, in four of them, Lang Ping was crucial part of Chinese teams in different roles, what's truly amazing. :P

  • I think they will give Best OPP award to Bjelica.

    MVP: Zhu

    Best OHs: Robinson, Gabi

    Best OPP: Bjelica

    Best MBs: Koroleva, Yuan

    Best S: Sato

    Best L: Larysmer Caro

  • So far, I think that the good surprise of the tournment has been South Korea. They didnt have a good VNL, even though it was expected because its NT seemed a hospital, like Brazil in WCH 18; KYK has been injured, new players coming back from injuries and the heartbreaking lost against Russia.

    Actually, SK played really well even when KYK wasnt on the court. It is more than obvious that their defensa has improved a lot, which is a key factor for their game.

    In the other hand, I think the disappointments have been 3 teams: NED, JPN and DOM. The Dutch team has been underperforming during almost all the summer. So, maybe it isnt a surprise their position in the ranking. However, since this tournment is very important in order to keep WR points in case they dont qualify for Tokyo, I expected a better game from them. I know they are missing Robin, but there were some matches it was just painful to watch. And finally, DOM. From being Panamerican Champions some months ago, to just fight for the 9th position and being in the bottom with Argentina, Kenya and Cameroon. The same script: just a wonderful match (as against Russia) and then a tragic one (being trashed 25-9 by USA). It is so good for them and for their confidence to beat NED, but we all knew this NED was already in KO phase. I really like Larysmer Martinez. She isnt Brenda, of course, but she hasnt been the weakest link of her team. I expected a better performance from a team whose core has been playing together since more than 10 years ago.

  • So far, I think that the good surprise of the tournment has been South Korea. They didnt have a good VNL, even though it was expected because its NT seemed a hospital, like Brazil in WCH 18; KYK has been injured, new players coming back from injuries and the heartbreaking lost against Russia.

    Actually, SK played really well even when KYK wasnt on the court. It is more than obvious that their defensa has improved a lot, which is a key factor for their game.

    In the other hand, I think the disappointments have been 3 teams: NED, JPN and DOM. The Dutch team has been underperforming during almost all the summer. So, maybe it isnt a surprise their position in the ranking. However, since this tournment is very important in order to keep WR points in case they dont qualify for Tokyo, I expected a better game from them. I know they are missing Robin, but there were some matches it was just painful to watch. And finally, DOM. From being Panamerican Champions some months ago, to just fight for the 9th position and being in the bottom with Argentina, Kenya and Cameroon. The same script: just a wonderful match (as against Russia) and then a tragic one (being trashed 25-9 by USA). It is so good for them and for their confidence to beat NED, but we all knew this NED was already in KO phase. I really like Larysmer Martinez. She isnt Brenda, of course, but she hasnt been the weakest link of her team. I expected a better performance from a team whose core has been playing together since more than 10 years ago.

    Yes, SK played great. I had written them off mentally because KYK is like 30 or something now. But this new team doesn't rely on her so much.

  • Koroleva is far away the best MB in this tournament. Ever since Fetisova was out of commission, she has become a great blocker overnight it seems.. Goncharova now sitting at #4 Best Attacker after the match against Kenya today go get that Best Opp award Gonchy :box:


    PS. After all the Efimova hate, she is third best blocker if we look at the stats :what:

  • Koroleva is far away the best MB in this tournament. Ever since Fetisova was out of commission, she has become a great blocker overnight it seems.. Goncharova now sitting at #4 Best Attacker after the match against Kenya today go get that Best Opp award Gonchy :box:


    PS. After all the Efimova hate, she is third best blocker if we look at the stats :what:

    true. She has silenced her haters lol. I'm not a big fan of her but i think she did pretty well. Still, Fetisova is miles better.

  • I wonder who would win if they would face each other. This current China or the one from 2004?

  • I couldn't follow this competition a lot but looking at the stats, Sheilla had 1 kill on 10 attempts today :gone: Did Ze Roberto really think she was able to be back in a good shape in a few weeks ?:gone:

    He thinks she is the same from Beijing... He even had an argument with Roberta, in one of the games, questioning her why she wasn't passing to Sheila. Do you want me to answer, Zé?

  • I wonder who would win if they would face each other. This current China or the one from 2004?

    Well, it was different volleyball back then, especially in terms of serve pressure, I don't think '04 Chinese team would be so effective with their system of playing based on reception and utilization of middle blockers nowadays, neither they would have similar advantage in quickness of setting which Kun Feng's team had in 2003-04. Amazing team, but better suited to times they played in. Obviously they would be still very competitive in this era, but not as dominant as they were in 2003-04 winning WGP-World Cup-Olympic Games.