2020 Olympic Games - Tokyo (Female)

  • Overall it looked like Guidetti had a pretty clear idea which players should be in the team and which should be starters, but some of them let him down big time, so he might be quite confused right now...

    right, I also think that Turkey came to the VNL trip looking for answers and all they got were more questions

  • Gold: China

    Silver: Italy

    Bronze: Serbia


    MVP: Zhu

    Top Scorer: Egonu


    Most Disappointing: IDK. I’d say Russia but I’m not sure anybody expects anything from them right now. I guess I’m being boring and not predicting any major disappointments.


    Brazil and USA have less weaknesses than Italy and Serbia so they are also major contenders but I believe that Egonu and Boskovic will be able to fire their teams through them if they get decent support. If Mihajlovic or Sylla can play like they did at their best then they could give China big problems but right now I have no faith in either one of them to perform to that level. It’s hard to find any weakness at all in China and we all know what Zhu Ting can do so for me they are clear favourites.

  • Isn't this more disappointing? If you get blown away 3-0 it's disappointing of course but just not good enough... whereas if you lost 2-3 then you could think that if something had gone the other way or someone did this instead maybe it would've been 3-2.

    As a player 2:3 is more disappointing than 0:3 at least in the first moment, but as neutral spectator I'd say for Turkey it would be a success being eliminated in QF after having pushed some top teams to the edge but it would be a disappointment for them to not have any chance against the top teams.

  • As a player 2:3 is more disappointing than 0:3 at least in the first moment, but as neutral spectator I'd say for Turkey it would be a success being eliminated in QF after having pushed some top teams to the edge but it would be a disappointment for them to not have any chance against the top teams.

    true, 2-3 can be considered to be almost on the same performance level.

  • Some users introduced a new trend and tendency of underestimate Serbia and i love it, hope that girls will dissuade you all. :rose:


    Gold: China

    Silver: Serbia

    Bronze: Italy


    MVP: Zhu

    Best scorer: Egonu


    The only real disappointment for me can be Serbia LOL, the others can only surprise me, both positive and negative and surprises are not surprises if I am able to predict them.

  • China will again advance to the knock-out phase with 2 wins, they will lose to Turkey in a thrilling 5-setter, and Turkey will make it to the semis(beating Japan), but go home empty-handed just like the Netherlands did 5 years ago :rolll:

  • crovolley

    Looking back to the Rio Olympics thread, I'm surprised that you were quite accurate, especially this post was right after China losing to Netherlands in the opening match.

    what an "enlightened" post


    I say this without any hint of irony or sarcasm.

  • I just watched the match between Russia and USA in the VNL for the first time, and that game was actually pretty close (except the 4th set which was a blowout) and even Russia were leading in most part of the sets. I think the only real favorite in Pool B are China and Italy and USA will be the clear third.. I guess we are all waiting for Russia x Turkey that will be fireworks :box:

  • Gold: Italy

    Silver: China

    Bronze: Serbia


    MVP: Egonu

    Top Scorer: Boskovic

    Most Disappointing: USA


    First of all, I find it hard to judge between the medal contenders, because we've only seen Brazil, China and USA play with their best line-up this summer...


    Egonu lately has proven that she is THE player who can turn a match around on her own, so I will not be surprised if Italy will take the gold medal. Don't know if Caterina Bosetti can take the same roll as her sister in reception and defense, but she was in great shape in Novara and can contribute more in attack than Lucia. De Gennaro is the best libero in the world and one of the only players knowing how to defend players like Zhu Ting and Boskovic:obey: Also their middle blockers are more than decent. Malinov and Sylla play their best game in Italian NT. Especially Sylla played great during WCH 2018 and ECH 2019. Not only good contribution in attack, but also stable in reception and defense. If both of Malinov and Sylla can play at a decent level, I think they are very hard to stop.


    I'm not the biggest fan of Chinese volleyball team, but they are the most complete team IMO and have a lot of experience:)


    Last year I thought Serbia would take the gold medal, but with the current shape of Mihajlovic and the absence of Veljkovic I think it will be hard for them to take the gold:( I think the absence of Veljkovic will hurt them very much, because IMO Popovic can't have the same impact/ contribution as Veljkovic on the team, especially in attack. Also Rasic isn't as dominant as she used to... Eventually I think Boskovic will have to take a too big responsibility/ offensive load. Still they have the best setter in the world, so hope Ognjenovic can make some miracles happen:heart:


    I really hope it isn't going to happen, because I like US NT a lot, but I'm afraid they will end up without a medal:( They haven't impressed me during VNL. Many times they played sloppy, I'm not used to seeing that from them... I believe missing a real hard hitter like Egonu, Boskovic or Zhu Ting will be fatal to them eventually.


    I'm not convinced by the performance Turkey showed, but I would never countdown Guidetti...

    I hope Brazil can suprise us:flower:

  • #FreeSWP

  • Top errorer too...probably

    No

    if u look the stats of egonu past 2 years she make few mistakes and get blocked

    That's why she's one of few players in world that is always at least 55%in attack efficiency constantly ( no mb)

  • memeing aside, I think the only way the USA medals is if Serbia/China/Italy all get put onto the same side (or two get paired in the QFs)


    Karch is going to regret not bringing Carlini and SWP in the end.

  • If Turkey can't win a medal (most probably can't), then I support Serbia (Balkan brotherhood). IMO China is the favourite and there will be battles between Serbia-Italy and the USA.

  • China will again advance to the knock-out phase with 2 wins, they will lose to Turkey in a thrilling 5-setter, and Turkey will make it to the semis(beating Japan), but go home empty-handed just like the Netherlands did 5 years ago :rolll:

    When I see the schedule that China's opening match facing Guidetti again, I was like what a coincidence:D

  • Gold: Italy

    Silver: Serbia

    Bronze: China


    MVP: Paola Egonu

    Top Scorer: Paola Egonu


    Most disappointing team: Turkey


    I think we will have a 2018 World Championship final rematch and this time Italy will come out as the winners.

    OPP: Egonu and Boskovic are equal to me

    Setter: Serbia has the advantage. Maja --------> Orro/Malinov

    OH: depends on both Sylla's and Mihaljovic performances, can go both ways. At the moment it looks like Italy will win the battle of outside hitters

    MB: Italy is in advantage, Serbia MB's in 2018 were better

    L: Italy has the advantage by far, however S. Popovic has always been a stable libero


    Italy has Egonu. That's it. She is unstoppable. Serbia with Maja/Boskovic combo is very dangerous too


    China is a very good team in all aspects and we already saw a glimpse of that in the last VNL weeks. They will be eager to take the title again


    Turkey was not convincing at all in VNL and their OH are are very big problem. Naz need to step up her game and the middle blockers are not on top level yet. Karakurt will be playing great I think. But we all know Guidetti and his mind games so I wouldn't be surprised if Turkey will make it the last 4 either.


    Teams I hope will do good:

    - Korea: with all the NT issues there I would love to see KYK getting a medal

    - Brazil: maybe 2021 will be their comeback year and with and inspired Tandara + Natalia/Gabi/Carol/Macris they are not completely out of the question imo

  • If Turkey can't win a medal (most probably can't), then I support Serbia (Balkan brotherhood).

    My second team is Serbia too. They have Maja-Boskovic :))

  • Gold: China

    Silver: USA

    Bronze: Italy


    MVP: Zhang Changning

    Top Scorer: Zhu Ting

    Best in Uniform: USA

    Wrigley’s Award for Best in Chiclet: USA

    Most Disappointing: Serbia