2019 Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

  • Bednorz was a standout, he should really join the main team.. Congrats Poland! And what does that say about Brazil's team? They almost beat USA yesterday but maybe Poland is Brazil's kryptonite..

    Check the roster of Poland's NT in WCH final 2018

    WS starters: Kubiak and Szalpuk

    WS subs: Sliwka and Kwolek


    After Leon joined Poland NT, the chances for BB to get an OH spot in NT are slim.

    Leon, Kubiak will be starters, and Szalpuk and Sliwka will be subs.

    Kwolek is also a good sub option. BB's offense is fine, but his defense and reception are not solid when he's on the back row, which limits his contribution in NT.

  • Incredibly bad timing for USA to have Jaeschke and Russell both unhealthy for the final round. They could've won this tournament if one of them are just fine.

    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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  • Russia served really well and pass decently. A lot of their serves at first were not going in but mentally they improved and it was the story of the match.

    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

  • Why even bring them both if they cant last 1 set? and 3 setters but 1 is forced to sit out as a libero anyway?

    That what I was thinking too. I think Langlois with his performance in the last group matches was enough to propel him to atleast Jaeschke's place.


    De Falco also had an injury so he's really the only player left who could've made an impact.

    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

  • USA lost for missing one OH.

    Garrett almost has no offense in the front row. Matt had to switch to OH position and let Patch stepped in as OPP.

    Patch's crucial errors made things even worse. Micah's passing in set #3 and set #4 is not stable too.


    Russia played a solid team volley overall. Although I don't like Kobzar, I have to say he did great in this final.

    Both Yakovlev and Kurkaev had some decent kills in the middle. Yakovlev's float serves also caused some troubles on USA's reception.

    Kliuka and Volkov played solidly. Poletaev was shaky from time to time, but finally did his job in set #4.

  • For me the MVP of the whole tournament is Kobzar. Why? Because he totally changed the game

    Really Anderson as MVP? :gone:


    Shoji as best libero as a joke. He's literally never improving. Always the same space when receiving. Never extending himself to defend.


    Polish libero was more outstanding to me. What I would have pay to see D'Agonstino in USA again:heart:


    Sander should've gotten atleast one award in my opinion.

    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

  • LOL that was messed up. Anderson as MVP? Shoji?? I would have thought MVP is either Kobzar, Poletaev or Iakovlev

  • So this is finally goodbye I guess to the veteran setters, Russia needs to stick with Kobzar-Kovalev duo leading up to the Olympics.. Muserskiy when he returns should still be MB1 in mt opinion with Kurkaev/Iakovlev battling it out for the second spot. Poletaev is still npt stable Mikhaylov can be a good back up.. When they are playing their level, Volkov-Kliuka duo is just splendid just need another OH who can also terminate the ball and maybe Voronkpv van fill that role. And there you have it Russia's dream team.. Congrats VNL Kings or should I say VNL Tsars! :super:

  • That what I was thinking too. I think Langlois with his performance in the last group matches was enough to propel him to atleast Jaeschke's place.


    De Falco also had an injury so he's really the only player left who could've made an impact.

    Really bad luck to have them all injured. Garrett M is not the answer and Langlois probably would have not been either. Having just one be healthy probably wins the VNL for them.


    Shoji as best Libero is curious. He was not good. Both Shojis seem to be in the twilight of their VB careers.

  • 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.