• Bongaerts from now on has to be the starting setter, so she gets good connection with the starting players. Also Daalderop deserves more trust. Looking offensively Balkestein-Grothues isn't enough, she should be used as recieving sub. Also M. Jasper should improve her receiving, so she can play some defence in the backcourt. Beliën should step up in big matches, she is always choking when she has to play an important match. I'm not giving up on Sloëtjes, but if she doesn't improve, Plak should be the first opposite.

    Knip still hasn't made a transfer, hope she is going to a better team or league so she can improve. Next to that they should invest in H. Jasper as Libero, because she has good reception and is to short to play as an outside hitter. And I have to give de Kruijf some credits again! She is always fighting and never gives up! IMHO she should be the captain on court

  • The Netherlands is still favourite in January for me. They have the experience and depth in their bench. Their all players play in different leagues as starter and it is very important when we consider the tournament will be played in the middle of the club season and there wont be much time to prepare. And they can get the hosting as well. Cev wont give it to Turkey 3rd consecutive time. Poland can be a candidate too.

  • They wanted to host the tournament this time, but Italy paid over 1 million euro. I hope they organise the tournament in January, because they always perform better in front of their home crowd. IMHO they also deserve it, because they are the highest ranked team.

  • They wanted to host the tournament this time, but Italy paid over 1 million euro. I hope they organise the tournament in January, because they always perform better in front of their home crowd. IMHO they also deserve it, because they are the highest ranked team.

    It can be again "who pays more, gets the court advantage". Turkish federation can pay a lot as well. I think the federation knew from the very begining that Turkey didnt have a chance against China so wasnt interested in organizing + China is so strong in FIVB.

  • It can be again "who pays more, gets the court advantage".

    Yes it probaply will go this way again:(

  • I feel like this qualification system was created by FIVB to get more money from the federations, by making 6 pools and 6 organizers and money income:whistle: I know it sounds very suspicious but we all know how much FIVB loves money so...:whistle:

  • I hoped for more than a 3-0 win from Italy.. De Kruijf played a very good game and so did Bongaerts. First I thought Dijkema injured herself, because it was the first time Bongaerts played multiple sets as a starter in such an important game. But it seems it was Morrison's choice and I think that's good.

    I noticed that Buijs' reception has improved a lot. It isn't as shaky as it was before. She and Plak had a good impact on the game. Knip couldn't make any difference today. Balkestein once again was a ghost at the net, she's only useful in service reception. Good thing that Morrison brought in Daalderop for her. What worries me the most is Sloetjes' performance, she did good against Belgium and seemed to have her form back, but she was nowhere today. Hope that she will find her joy in volleyball back in Scandicci and will play again like she did in WC'18.

  • Even if they lost 3-0, NED's performance was good. They never gave up, coming back from six points behind both in the first and the third set. Sloetjes and Bujis were limited by De Gennarovand Bosetti in defence, but there are some other good options, as Plak or Daalderop.


    Bongaerts should be the main setter, so precise clean and noce touch. She has no fear, a good tricky serve and decent block. She is superior in all these elements than Dijkema.


    I hope NED manages to get the ticket for Tokyo too.. I'll be cheering for you! :super:

  • I'm really excited for tonight's game! Also a bit nervous🙈I have a feeling that this game can go either way. But I have to say Italy really impressed me in yesterday's match. May the best team win! Both really deserve to be at the Olympics!:super:


    P.S. Judith Pietersen is working as commentator during this tournament and she also is nervous for the match tonight:heart:She had a short interview with her sister in law Chirichella.

    https://www.gids.tv/video/9551…edstrijd-zijn-we-vijanden

    Never notice that they have this relationship

  • There were some interviews in the Dutch media. The players are very frustrated and can't believe they've played this bad. Especially Buijs and Plak didn't look happy with the staff. All the plans they made didn't work en they couldn't anticipate during the match. According to them they should have focused on their own strengths and not only on how to stop Egonu. A conversation would have taken place last night between staff and players about things they need to improve and things that need to chance.

  • Nicole's story behind the sign language she does during the national anthem:

    https://www.facebook.com/14855…3/posts/2339676716351339/

  • There were some interviews in the Dutch media. The players are very frustrated and can't believe they've played this bad. Especially Buijs and Plak didn't look happy with the staff. All the plans they made didn't work en they couldn't anticipate during the match. According to them they should have focused on their own strengths and not only on how to stop Egonu. A conversation would have taken place last night between staff and players about things they need to improve and things that need to chance.

    It's time to Morrison to say goodbye, he doesnt know how to react to adversities, i don't know, if something does not work for him, this thing will keep not working because he never know how to fix it.. I think they should try to bring that guy from CSM Bucuresti(?), Akbas, i think that he is a suberb coach and could do a good job with a team full of great players

  • Nicole's story behind the sign language she does during the national anthem:

    https://www.facebook.com/14855…3/posts/2339676716351339/

    When Brazilian's TV broadcast NED games, they are always amazed by her attitude... it is so beautiful, warms my heart

    You all stay relaxed and kind to each other out there.

    Edited once, last by sloth ().

  • It's time to Morrison to say goodbye, he doesnt know how to react to adversities, i don't know, if something does not work for him, this thing will keep not working because he never know how to fix it.. I think they should try to bring that guy from CSM Bucuresti(?), Akbas, i think that he is a suberb coach and could do a good job with a team full of great players

    Morrison has a lot of knowledge about volleyball, but he just isn't HEAD coach. I think he has a tougher job than Guidetti had, because Guidetti brought them to the top. Morrison has to stay on top and the things he has to improve are all details.

    Guidetti brought spirit and fire in the team, that worked really well. With Morrison all the passion has to come from the themself. So they need a verbal coach. I don't know if Akbas would be the right choice. When Morrison came to the Netherlands they doubted between him and Caprara. Maybe he would have been a better choice.

  • Maybe she should play as a libero for NT because Shoot and Knip very unstable. Daalderop and Buijs 're main OHs

    Could be a good alternative, but Daalderop and Buijs are both unstable at reception. M. Jasper isn't good enough in reception. So you have to use schoot or knip as receiving sub. I don't see that happening.