2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • I think there would be no problem based on the news i heard about the US embassy in Dubai told the federation that they have prepared 26 (don't know exact number) Visas for the team and staff

    They faced some problems in the past from what I remember. Hope it won’t be the case this time.

  • Young Italy is fighting, but Canada is ahead 2-1. I think they can do more! There are some mistakes they can avoid and try to challenge more their opponents.


    Of course I don't care much about the victory, given the fact that Italy clearly do not want to qualify for the finals.

  • Sokolov, Nikolov, and the new eye candy Atanasov what's up with the water in Bulgaria? :lol:

    Don't forget Aleksiev!


    Watching ITA-CAN from the fourth set. Seems like a fairly lukewarm match. I think Balaso is the only guy from Italy I'm familiar with. :lol:


    ETA: Jansen Vandoorn is back? I feel like I haven't seen him in forever. Is this his first match with the NT this year or am I just unaware?

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  • So after Italy's loss to Canada, I think we can fairly say that the Final 6 participants are confirmed: Brazil, Iran, Russia, France, Poland + USA


    RUS can lose to ARG but they still end up with 11-4

    Same with FRA can lose to BRA and still end up with 11-4

    POL will win the next 2 remaining matches and have 11-4 record


    So the Final 6 are roughly the same like last year, except for one: Iran (who took Serbia's spot) :wavy:

  • So it seems Ngapeth hasn't joined the team yet and will only start to play during F6..

  • Why am I not surprised?


    That's what you get for sitting out 2 of your best scorer the previous week.

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  • So far enjoyable game between Argentina and Russia.. both teams are not far off in quality but Russia's block is stronger

  • Russia and Argentina now going on to tiebreak :box:


    Too bad Argentina won't have chances to qualify to Final 6

  • Kurkaev needs to impove his strength. He missed two crucial direct kills in both set 4 and set 5. Luckily Russian still won the game.

    Voronkov is very promising for NT. He's a young, tall OH with a solid skill of spike and reception. His reception was much better than Volkov.

  • China vs Australia - 15:9 to 21:24 to 26:24 ...

    My favourite roster of Chinese
    male NT:
    S - Li Run-ming, Zhan Guo-jun
    OP - Dai Qing-yao, Jiang Chuan
    OH - Ji Dao-shuai, Xia Run-tao, Liu Li-bin, Zhang Chen
    MB - Zhang Zhe-jia, Chen Long-hai, Geng Xin
    L - Ren Qi


    female NT:
    S - Ding Xia, Yao Di
    OP - Gong Xiang-yu, Zhang Chang-ning
    OH - Hui Ruo-qi, Zhu Ting, Liu Xiao-tong, Li Jing
    MB - Yuan Xin-yue, Yan Ni, Xu Yun-li
    L - Lin Li


    My avatar is Jiang Chuan. I hope more persons love him.

  • Kurkaev needs to impove his strength. He missed two crucial direct kills in both set 4 and set 5. Luckily Russian still won the game.

    Voronkov is very promising for NT. He's a young, tall OH with a solid skill of spike and reception. His reception was much better than Volkov.

    Kurkaev is fine, he can drill the ball just as hard as anybody else just maybe jitters on that last few plays.. I agree Voronkov can be a good sub for Kliuka or Volkov. So Russia's OH spots seem to be complete: Kliuka/Volkov as starters, Voronkov the immediate sub, plus a defensive OH in Podlesnykh.

  • So since Russia has already qualified to Final 6, I feel bad for Zemchenok as he probably will get cut when Mikhaylov joins the team.. He has made a big contribution from the 1st week when Poletaev was still a big question mark. If I were Maxim, I'd be guilty of taking someone else's spot especially when you havent played a single match going to the Finals..

  • I have to laugh with the Luburic long tip shot. It won't be a point if anybody wasn't defending like how Langlois did. :lol:

    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

  • Oh hello there Dagostino :gone:

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  • This is probably USA's tallest starters since almost forever. Langlois, K. Russell, Huhmann and Jendryk. Everyone over 6'9".


    Practically negates Tuaniga's height and average elevation.

    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

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  • Tuaniga seems very talented. Reminds me somehow of De Cecco but his elevation is just so average even for a setter.


    Serbia's new setter gives me hope as a fan. He is setting his right side attacker better than Jovovic did but Ivovic playing can disguise with more stable reception and attacking than Cirovic. Still Jovovic setting to his middle blockers is miles ahead from him.

    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

  • Dagostino was everywhere! I think he had a lot of great second touch as well. :obey:

    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