Serbia NT 2019

  • Ps; So many fans don't like her in Turkish league cause she becomes so annoying sometimes. After playing for Vakifbank, her haters will grow lol. Maja+Gio could be most hated setter-coach duo ever.

    Why do you think so? I don't find Maja provocative towards opponents.. sure she can sometimes scream through the net, or make some gesture, but it's not what she regularly does, like the Cubans, Rahimova and etc

  • I’m confused.. you don’t like her because she was upset after losing a gold medal match at the Olympics? An Olympic gold is basically what these players work for and devote their whole lives too, I think I would find a player a lot more unlikable if they weren’t a wreck after losing such an important match. Or maybe I’m misunderstanding what you mean...

    No, I have no recollection of how she responded to losing the match. It's about how she was playing the match. And how the context of like-minded group think I was in created a very unflattering picture of her.


    Sorry folks, but please remember I've never said a bad word about her. Except for that post, I guess :| She's one of ya'll's heroes. I respect that. She was the enemy where I was at.

  • It's OK, some people just never sit well with us, for whatever reason. That's how I felt about Neslihan, for example. She acted bitchy against Serbia at WCh '06 (or at least that's how I perceived it), so every time I saw her after that, I remembered it, years later. :gone:

  • Maja was a great player before Brankica started high school and before Tijana's 8th birthday.

    She absolutely was, but she was also prone to some very immature/reckless decision making which would then affect the entire team play.

    IMO it's obvious that she's grown a lot in that regard over the last few years and I'm pretty sure it has a lot to do with getting out of that toxic relationship with Teodosić and finding peace and stability in her personal life.

    That it happened to coincide with the rise of Tijana and Brankica is very fortunate for us.

  • She absolutely was, but she was also prone to some very immature/reckless decision making which would then affect the entire team play.

    IMO it's obvious that she's grown a lot in that regard over the last few years and I'm pretty sure it has a lot to do with getting out of that toxic relationship with Teodosić and finding peace and stability in her personal life.

    That it happened to coincide with the rise of Tijana and Brankica is very fortunate for us.

    I tend to forget bad times. But I still remember very clear that game between Crvena zvezda and Jedinstvo from 2004, that's one of my first memories about women's volleyball, so I can get sensitive about that Crvena zvezda's generation.

    I said it helps a lot to have them. I did not say Maja only plays well because of them.

    You can make that argument for every setter that ever won anything, none of them did it without some pretty good spikers.

  • in the game against Poland, OQ, Maja would stare across the net all the time, and some towards Woloz. She was super B**** in that game...

    Of course I loved it... But I can see how some people might not like it.


    Maja and Ebrar will be fun to watch.

  • It's OK, some people just never sit well with us, for whatever reason. That's how I felt about Neslihan, for example. She acted bitchy against Serbia at WCh '06 (or at least that's how I perceived it), so every time I saw her after that, I remembered it, years later. :gone:

    Not only Neslihan but all Turkish team was very bitter from Serbian team since we lost a very crucial play against them right before WCh'06 (it might be grand prix qualification) and at that time noone considered SRB as a serious contender and TUR team called that defeat as an accident and promised to win against SRB in WCh but of course it didn't happen and SRB turned out to be the biggest revelation of that tournament. That's why I can imagine Neslihan wasn't really amused at the match against SRB:cheesy:

  • Not only Neslihan but all Turkish team was very bitter from Serbian team since we lost a very crucial play against them right before WCh'06 (it might be grand prix qualification) and at that time noone considered SRB as a serious contender and TUR team called that defeat as an accident and promised to win against SRB in WCh but of course it didn't happen and SRB turned out to be the biggest revelation of that tournament. That's why I can imagine Neslihan wasn't really amused at the match against SRB:cheesy:

    Yes, that happened at the GP qualies (remember when it was still a thing?! LOL), in the last match of the group stage which was meaningless for Serbia because they were already eliminated, while for Turkey a win of any kind would make them ranked 1st in the group and automatically qualified for the Grand Prix, for the first time ever, if I'm not mistaken. But Serbia fought until the bitter end, winning the match in 5 sets, and Turkey was thus sent to the play-offs, where they lost and didn't qualify. It clearly didn't make the players of the two teams the best friends at that time. :lol:

  • "What is this?! Oh God, help us" - that was Stefana's reaction when she first entered the hall in Ankara before the ECh final :rolll:

    She said that she tried to pretend in her mind that all those people for actually cheering for Serbia, and that's how she was able to keep her focus.

  • "What is this?! Oh God, help us" - that was Stefana's reaction when she first entered the hall in Ankara before the ECh final :rolll:

    She said that she tried to pretend in her mind that all those people for actually cheering for Serbia, and that's how she was able to keep her focus.

    It shouldn't be that hard, we both say 'haydi!':drink:

  • "What is this?! Oh God, help us" - that was Stefana's reaction when she first entered the hall in Ankara before the ECh final :rolll:

    She said that she tried to pretend in her mind that all those people for actually cheering for Serbia, and that's how she was able to keep her focus.

    Interesting. Novak Djokovic said something very similar about how he copes with crowds supporting his opponents.