Left-handed middle blockers

  • Is No.3 of Kenya women's NT a left-handed MB in World Cup 2019?

    I only know three left-handed MBs and two men of them are also OPs.

    They are Qin Song (Sichuan men's VC), Renan Buiatti (Brazil men's NT) and Ha Joon-Eem (former South Korea women's NT and parcitipate in 2012 OG).


    Add the lineup of 6 left-handed men: Zhan Guo-jun (S), Wang Jing-yi (OP), Julian Lyneel (OH1), Thibaut Rossard (OH2), Qin Song (MB1), Renan Buiatti (MB2) ...

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    My favourite roster of Chinese
    male NT:
    S - Li Run-ming, Zhan Guo-jun
    OP - Dai Qing-yao, Jiang Chuan
    OH - Ji Dao-shuai, Xia Run-tao, Liu Li-bin, Zhang Chen
    MB - Zhang Zhe-jia, Chen Long-hai, Geng Xin
    L - Ren Qi


    female NT:
    S - Ding Xia, Yao Di
    OP - Gong Xiang-yu, Zhang Chang-ning
    OH - Hui Ruo-qi, Zhu Ting, Liu Xiao-tong, Li Jing
    MB - Yuan Xin-yue, Yan Ni, Xu Yun-li
    L - Lin Li


    My avatar is Jiang Chuan. I hope more persons love him.

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    Changed the title of the thread from “How many left-handed middle blockers do you know?” to “Left-handed middle blockers”.
  • i always had the impression that lefties are often OPP... i mean, they can be setters and liberos too, but not as often OH or MB. i think setting to a lefty MB is more difficult, because it requires a lot of precision, whereas setting high balls to OPP does not require as much, so lefties tend to be pushed to be OPP. at least that's my theory...

  • i always had the impression that lefties are often OPP... i mean, they can be setters and liberos too, but not as often OH or MB. i think setting to a lefty MB is more difficult, because it requires a lot of precision, whereas setting high balls to OPP does not require as much, so lefties tend to be pushed to be OPP. at least that's my theory...

    In fact, we could even find the lineups with "mirror image wing spikers" (two left-handed OHs and one right-handed OP):

    Lyneel, T.Rossard and Boyer / Patry in French men's NT

    Li Ying-ying, Yu Jun-wei and Destine Hooker / Yang Yi in Tianjin women's VC in this season (19/20)

    :)

    My favourite roster of Chinese
    male NT:
    S - Li Run-ming, Zhan Guo-jun
    OP - Dai Qing-yao, Jiang Chuan
    OH - Ji Dao-shuai, Xia Run-tao, Liu Li-bin, Zhang Chen
    MB - Zhang Zhe-jia, Chen Long-hai, Geng Xin
    L - Ren Qi


    female NT:
    S - Ding Xia, Yao Di
    OP - Gong Xiang-yu, Zhang Chang-ning
    OH - Hui Ruo-qi, Zhu Ting, Liu Xiao-tong, Li Jing
    MB - Yuan Xin-yue, Yan Ni, Xu Yun-li
    L - Lin Li


    My avatar is Jiang Chuan. I hope more persons love him.

  • Chinese Taipei's male MB, Lin Yi-huei, is left-handed.

    My favourite roster of Chinese
    male NT:
    S - Li Run-ming, Zhan Guo-jun
    OP - Dai Qing-yao, Jiang Chuan
    OH - Ji Dao-shuai, Xia Run-tao, Liu Li-bin, Zhang Chen
    MB - Zhang Zhe-jia, Chen Long-hai, Geng Xin
    L - Ren Qi


    female NT:
    S - Ding Xia, Yao Di
    OP - Gong Xiang-yu, Zhang Chang-ning
    OH - Hui Ruo-qi, Zhu Ting, Liu Xiao-tong, Li Jing
    MB - Yuan Xin-yue, Yan Ni, Xu Yun-li
    L - Lin Li


    My avatar is Jiang Chuan. I hope more persons love him.

  • The reason for not seeing many left MBs is the fact that the ball needs to travel longer before it reaches to their left arm compared to right arm, thus making their attack more predictable (same issue with left handed outsides but they can afford this slight disadvantage while MBs need to be extremely fast and unpredictable) also lefty MB would have less angle at attack since their approach is generally very close towards the setter

  • The reason for not seeing many left MBs is the fact that the ball needs to travel longer before it reaches to their left arm compared to right arm, thus making their attack more predictable (same issue with left handed outsides but they can afford this slight disadvantage while MBs need to be extremely fast and unpredictable) also lefty MB would have less angle at attack since their approach is generally very close towards the setter

    That is true for A-quick, but what about the slide? wouldn't the left arm be closer?

  • That is true for A-quick, but what about the slide? wouldn't the left arm be closer?

    As akiyalai also mentioned, it is unorthodox for a lefty to do slide attacks in zone 2 because the stepping. He should do slide attack in zone 4 but that's the part outside hitters are attacking. Thus unless a team is full of lefties and setter will be in a mirror position (setting from zone 4 instead of zone 2), a lefty can't be used as a slide attacker

  • Sanae Watanabe is a lefty OP who does slide right attacks :) A little more angle to the net than a righty but it's as peculiar looking as you think it'd be. She doesn't kill the ball as much as shoves it somewhere. It's an Okayama combination play. MB does a tight cut behind the setter and Sanae goes past her. I think Sanae is in reality right-handed and swings with her left arm because it's more fashionable. And effective. She had the best kill % of all local swingers this past season.