I'm only three years into watching volleyball, and less than a year into watching any kind of youth volleyball, so I'll keep in mind your statement that "upsets and youth go hand in hand" as I experience more and see if it plays out with my watching.
I think I responded to your post before I recognized you as the new guy who, along with me and no one else that I can find, believes passing and defense win! Welcome to the darkside There's a lot of Hero Ball worship here.
Most people think "Japan" can only win by cheating, paying off the refs, rigging the pools, and so on. So and but I'm still confused whether or not you think Japan beating Italy was an upset
Not that it matters.
sitenoise, who are these people that think that is the only way that JPN can win? i know there was a lot of acrimony and bitterness over the disputed olympic qual. for london (at the expense of THA), but that was a while ago. but most people that follow VB seriously know that JPN has tremendous, great qualities (to compensate for their lack of height) and most people admire their system.
i have said it so many times, can you imagine if a team like DOM (with their height and athleticism) could just get some more of the ball-handling and technique of JPN? they'd be unstoppable.
i agree with ridehard's point that youth teams can be quite unpredictable. as pointed out in another post, DOM finished 2nd in the previous u18 tournaments, and they bombed in this one, with a lot of the same players.
btw who's YOLO? haruna soga? i went back to watch a bit more of the final. as an OPP, she's another odd bird. she hits backslides from 2 (zhang lei, CHN OPP in london, did the same, but she was unusual). then soga goes and hits a fast ball from 3, while MB runs to 2... well, as i said, they play their own system. soga also receives serve.
btw, i noticed the backup OPP nakagawa, when she came in in the double sub, that she's listed as 180 cm, but i thought she looked a bit taller, almost as tall as yamada (184 cm).