If I'm not wrong, she played alongside with Gabi and Rosamaria, that youth WC Brazil lost to Zhu Ting's China.
Talking on youth categories, one of the best prospects we have right now is a girl from Santa Catarina, Helena Wenk Hoengen. She's 16 and 1,97. Hope she develops as a great player!
By the way, congrats for both teams! There's a lot of room to step up still.
Osasco has a good line-up for the level of our league this season. Could be a strong contender, although with Luizomar we never know...
Congratulations to GS Caltex!!!
The team showed an awesome defensive job at digging. Lee So-Young played pretty well, alongside with Merete Lutz.
Pink Spiders seemed to rely mostly on attack and were out of balance. Good for the league that this wasn't enough.
All teams may use their best line-up and their best players at some point, especially when playing on home turf. I doubt they'll prepare for Olympics just training.
Anyway, using a B team doesn't change the fact that this formula isn't good, but we all know FIVB won't change it anyway.
Brazil gets any luck in the pool phase one more time. Very bad pool again. Quaterfinals will be tough like hell, facing a top team, coming from a strong pool and probably reaching their peak performance. At least, our male squad got a good pool. Hard matches since the very beginning.
In 2012, I remember looking after some videos on Youtube of Kim playing V-League back then and I came up with some matches from previous years (2008-2010). One of the line-ups was Kim and Hwang You-Joo and they used to play that fast balls with the pin hitters coming to spike in the middle (in my opion, the best ball from Kim).
After that, I followed V-League for years. It's nice to be able to see her back and some these players again. Hwang Youn-Joo was very enjoyable watching also. The same goes for Han Yoo-Mi, Han Song-Yi, Kim Sa Nee, Yang Hyo-Jin, Kim Rae-Ran and all the South Korea's line-up for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the best Korea ever had.
Altough these players aren't at their prime anymore and some of them had already retired, this season is gonna be worthwhile.
I thought the World Championship would boost the will of coming back and playing for the NT. Hope they miss playing volleyball and decide to be there!
The idea of travelling overseas is good indeed, specially the idea of coming to Brazil (in a better moment, of course!).
Congratulations to Argentina!!! See you there.
Also, congratulations to Colombia for the whole year!
In my opinion, this match was emotion (Colombia) versus strategy (Argentina). And the latter nailed it.
Vicky had a hell of a competition.
There's a link for Deportv, a public channel from Argentina, I guess:
The commentator is Carolina Costagrande.
In my opinion, it's too soon to make any statements about the National Team. We still have a whole season forward and many things may happen until Tokyo. You know, surprises, injuries and letdowns.
I'm fine with the comeback of Fabiana and Sheilla. The team showed a good improvement from the Panamerican Games to the South American Championship, specially in the relation between block and defense which is a strong characteristic of the golden generation. We won over Colombia in straight sets, recovering from the defeat at the Panamerican Games, although it's way to go if we want to play in a decent level outside our continent.
It'll be really good to play the World Cup as we will know better what these players can do against teams like China, Serbia, USA, Russia, Netherlands and so on.
Brazil will play two friendly matches against Argentina in Suzano (SP). According to the news, it will be displayed on TV.
08/18 (Local time) - 10.10am - Brazil vs Agentina (TV Globo and Sportv)
08/20 (Local time) - 09.30pm - Brazil vs Argentina (Sportv)
Glad to know Sheilla, Fabiana and Camila Brait are coming back to the National Team! This team has so many gaps ups and downs that we really need everyone available to stand a chance to get a medal at the Olympics next year. Hope Garay decides on coming back also.
It will be a pleasure to see them again playing for our NT. I'm sure I'll follow this South American Championship like I'm not doing with our NT in the recent years.
Glad to know yet that Zé announced his retirement from the National Team after Tokyo. We just need to move on. I won't come up with critics about his job because I'm really grateful to him about everything he did to our volleyball. First men's gold medal in Barcelona, first women's gold medal in Beijing, three gold medals overall and so many good things that the only thing I could do is support his job and the team in this last year. Nevertheless, we need a deep change from the under categories to the main team if we want to be competitive again.
In my opinion, the physical conditioning of key players like Natalia in Tokyo must be decisive to our chances to get a medal. Hope they have a healthy club season this year!
Long interview with Sheilla: https://globoesporte.globo.com…-seria-muito-melhor.ghtml
Good interview if you want to know how she is and what she thinks about coming back.
She says she's motivated and that has carefully considered to play on beach but after talking with some people she's decided to continue her career playing on court.
Winning another olympic medal would be a dream but it's a long way to go. If she gets in shape, she thinks on coming back to the national team too.
Sheilla also talks about maternity and another things.
I have no time to translate though. Sorry.
In my opinion, CBV should reformulate Brazilian programme, particularly under 18 categories.
All discussions are pointless since China, Italy and other programmes are doing so well at this while Brazil got eliminated in pool B at the Girls' U18 World Championship (2017) behind Russia, Belarus and USA.
It really doesn't matter the players Zé will take because you could like one player and I will like another but we must agree that Brazil won't be that competitive anyway. At this moment, Brazil has some legendary players that aren't in their prime anymore and a lot of young players that won't make such a difference on international stage. Give me one player at the level of Zhu Ting, Boskovic, Egonu and so on!
Brazil had an incredible programme years ago that brought us Sheilla, Fabi, Fabiana, Thaísa, Waleska, Jaqueline, Paula Pequeno, Mari, Fofão in their prime. What is going on? That is the question!
Before Pequim and London Brazil had an amazing performance at the U20 and U18 World Championships with Sheilla, Fabiana, Fabi and so forth and build upon it. There's no magic.
Amanda, Rosamaria, Tainara and whatever we bring up here are just the same compared with the best players in the world at their position. The problem is way deeper than that.
Rio is out! OMG!
It's impressive the role Fabi played both in the NT and in her last club since 2005 when she became a solid player. In the NT, Brazil went to the finals in every single tournament for 7 years, including two Olympic Games and two World Championships. Then, she retired and Brazil got eliminated before finals in so many tournaments that I cannot even count, including last two World Championships and the Olympics on home turf. Playing for Rio, it was 12 finals in a row in Superliga, I guess. Then, she retires and the team got eliminated in the semifinals just one year later.
I have no idea what is going on with our programme. We don't produce solid passers and great defenders anymore and Brazilian volleyball can't live like this.
By the way, congratulations to Minas and Praia!
Superliga is very exciting this year. The teams are way better than in the previous editons and there's a lot of room for improvement from what we've watched yesterday.