2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • Kobzar running the middles more than the pins.. Poland needs to be more coordinated with their block defense in this Set

  • Iakovlev is such a revelation this year.. such high efficiency in attack and solid blocking plus a good serve


    EDIT: And he got blocked I jinxed him lol

  • Russia-Poland 1-1. Now we have a game :box:

  • Iakovlev is such a revelation this year.. such high efficiency in attack and solid blocking plus a good serve


    EDIT: And he got blocked I jinxed him lol

    I agree, a pleasant surprise considering his irregular club season.

    Golubev also improved a lot since the start of this VNL

  • Kobzar needs to set the middles more, Russa were prolific with the middles in Set 1

  • If all else fails, Russian block saves the day. Russia-Poland 2-1

  • Congrats to the young russians!


    So sorry for the Poles, they had a good run. For me, Iakovlev was such a good surprise in this SF.

  • Quite impressive how Russia’s game has evolved with this new head coach and new set of players in just a short time. Might not be a bad idea to test Mikhailov in the OH when Kliuka or especially Volkov struggles to put out some balls. Poletaev/ Zemchenok duo on the right seem very capable at the moment. And Musersky completing the 4th MB forms Russia’s dream team. A mix of young and established players without depending too much with the veterans. Very impressive with Kobzar and Golubev

  • Quite impressive how Russia’s game has evolved with this new head coach and new set of players in just a short time. Might not be a bad idea to test Mikhailov in the OH when Kliuka or especially Volkov struggles to put out some balls. Poletaev/ Zemchemnok duo on the right seem very capable at the moment. And Musersky completing the 4th MB forms Russia’s dream team. A mix of young and established players without depending too much with the veterans. Very impressive with Kobzar and Gobulev

    I would hold the conclusion after they play ECV and WC.

    Remember Russia slayed other teams in VNL 2018, but they did not even make top 4 in WCH.

  • Kobzar had questionable choices in Set 3 but in general he distributes the ball well and knows the types of balls his players want. Congrats Russia!

  • I still think the USA is the team to beat.. let's see if Brazil gives a huge resistance in the next match

  • Quite impressive how Russia’s game has evolved with this new head coach and new set of players in just a short time. Might not be a bad idea to test Mikhailov in the OH when Kliuka or especially Volkov struggles to put out some balls. Poletaev/ Zemchenok duo on the right seem very capable at the moment. And Musersky completing the 4th MB forms Russia’s dream team. A mix of young and established players without depending too much with the veterans. Very impressive with Kobzar and Golubev

    I really like how the russians play. It is not as free like the brazilians but it is not as constricted like the americans.

    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