2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • Congrats to Russia!! Overall they had a nice tournament since group stage and managed to test a lot of the youngsters. Despite the title I don't see them in the top when the other teams bring their best.

    With this current line up Russia have a very great floating/jumping service balance. A lot less prone to error , yet efficient. Volvich main contribution for me was his floating service, but now both Yakovlev and Kurkaev have got it too and they are more complete so unless Muserskiy is not returning I don't see him back. I definitely wouldn't bring Butko and Grankin, but I sense that at least one of whom will be called. Kliuka-Volkov duo is unstable so is Poletaev ( especially out of system ) so Mikhailov return is essential here. Kudos to Golubev and the the defense-reception line, a clear progress.


  • Congrats to Russia!! Overall they had a nice tournament since group stage and managed to test a lot of the youngsters. Despite the title I don't see them in the top when the other teams bring their best.

    With this current line up Russia have a very great floating/jumping service balance. A lot less prone to error , yet efficient. Volvich main contribution for me was his floating service, but now both Yakovlev and Kurkaev have got it too and they are more complete so unless Muserskiy is not returning I don't see him back. I definitely wouldn't bring Butko and Grankin, but I sense that at least one of whom will be called. Kliuka-Volkov duo is unstable so is Poletaev ( especially out of system ) so Mikhailov return is essential here. Kudos to Golubev and the the defense-reception line, a clear progress.


    Russia's three best pin players are Kliuka, Volkov, and Poletaev. And their fourth best in this tournament is probably Voronkov. It will be the coaching staff's dilemma where to put Mikhaylov whether he will play as OH or OPP. Seeing as Poleataev is the player most prone to having "ups and downs", Mikhaylov may retain his starting OPP role in the team once he returns.


    With regards to the MBs, with Muserkiy potentially coming back healthy, I don't know how you keep him off the floor and not using him as starter will almost be a crime IMO. MB2 will be between Kurkaev/Iakovlev as both are really like-for-like players. I agree with you Volvich will not add anything more to this team versus the young MBs.


    Lastly, calling the veteran setters back they risk ruining the "young-centric" atmosphere with the team. Just stick to Kobzar-Kovalev duo for this Olympic cycle they will have enough tournaments leading to the Olympics.


    In particular, Russia didn't play with their strongest squad with Iran and Brazil during Preliminary Round. We'll see soon enough, when they show their real roster for IOQT and Euros..

  • This is the defining moment of set 5 Iran-Brazil where the violation clearly was against Brazil but Referee pissed Marouf and caused that drama afterwards.

    Once again, the challenge system adopted by FIVB should include overreach above the net. The system of Italian Superlega already allows for this type of challenge. Why is FIVB so cheap?

  • Once again, the challenge system adopted by FIVB should include overreach above the net. The system of Italian Superlega already allows for this type of challenge. Why is FIVB so cheap?

    Part of the reasoning is if the ball passes over it should be viewable by the up referee. Let alone, is this a Hawkeye usable play as the ball is still moving in the air?

  • Volkov's energy and passion are contagious. He plays every point like it is match point. This young Russian team is super fun to watch, is time for the Russian women to break the ice and start playing like them.


    Bednorz 💘


    Leal with all that talking for years ...he gets his chance and then :gone:.... hopefully Leon won't do the same.

    Leal is not surprising for his somewhat disappointing performance. His reception is clearly a hole as shown in his Superlega matches. Brazil is a team with very good ball control. Leal's arrival strengthens the offense but weakens the aspects of reception and defense. The net gain brought by him is not a lot.


    Leon, on the contrary, is on a different level. His attack is superior to Leal and all Polish attackers, and totally overshadows his flaws in reception.

  • Part of the reasoning is if the ball passes over it should be viewable by the up referee. Let alone, is this a Hawkeye usable play as the ball is still moving in the air?

    There’re many overreaching controversial calls in this VNL. It clearly states the problem. The speed is too fast for the first referees to follow.


    This wouldn’t be done by Hawk Eye. This would be done by video replay instead, just like video replay is used for checking block touch, net touch and floor touch calls. If you have a chance to watch Superlega, you can see how clear it is in video replays whether a player touches the ball at the completely opposite side of the court.