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.
The host will take a good advantage. Challenge system should be a top priority for the bidding procces. It's the only thing to care about.
In fact, looking at the pools, Europe will qualify 4 teams for the Olympics as they ever do. Despite London, when we had 5 european squads cause of the Great Britain, there will be the same 4 spots and, in case Turkey or Germany surprisingly wins pool B, Tokyo may have 5 european squads. The new formula actually increases the chances for european teams. It's up to Turkey and Germany to beat China and take one place. It's up to Bulgaria to win over USA and get another one. It's up to Azerbaijan to beat Brazil and be the 6th european to qualify. There's european teams spread all over the 6 pools, which gives CEV the oportunity to qualify 7 teams to the Olympic Games. One confederation out of 5 can get 7 spots in the 11 given.
I don't get the complaints.
In my opinion, if Brazil isn't able to beat Japan in 3, there's no use of going to the next stage. Besides, Serbia did help us out taking one set today. We should've been going home right now.
Campeonato Paulista, our best state league, started few weeks ago. I'm not creating a new thread this time. Today, Sportv will broadcast Hinode Barueri vs E.C. Pinheiros at 9.30 pm.
1. Osasco Audax 6
2. Sesi Vôlei Bauru 6
3. Hinode Barueri 6
4. São Cristóvão Saúde/São Caetano 3
5. Valinhos Vôlei 0
6. E.C. Pinheiros 0
By the way, E.C. Pinheiros won 2018 São Paulo Cup over Sesi Vôlei Bauru (27-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19). I'm not sure someone has posted it before.
Yeah, this year batch is very promising and they are all fairly tall too (all of the Round 1 picks are all +180cm tall). Last year some in Korea were even suggesting that it would have been a great opportunity to start up a 7th women team like when IBK Altos was started up because there were so many good young players in this batch.
I was however surprised that Heungkuk selected Lee Yu-Ah with their 1st pick. I was most certain that Park Eun-Jin would be 1st pick whilst Yu-Ah would be 2nd based on what I saw online. Great MBs are a premium commodities in the V-League, you can see why this is the case when look at the top earners in the leagues are mostly MBs (eg, Yang Hyo-Jin, Kim Hee-Jin, Han Soo-ji are all earning the max of 300K KRW, Bae Yoo-Na and Kim Su-Ji are +200K KRW). That why both of Ju-Ah and Eun-Jin are so highly rated. KGC Ginseng really went after this new batch of rookies and it was genius of them to trade with other teams for their 2nd round picks .
Yang Hyo-Jin and Kim Hee-Jin have been good assets for their teams with the opposites alongside. It seems teams prefer to move tall players for the middle-blocker position instead of trying them out as opposites because of the foreign players.
I put the start date already in the 1st post, the new season will start on Monday, October 22nd. The women start a week or so after the men's league because of the world championship. A few of the teams have released their schedule already but KOVO have not yet release the overall schedule. I think the first match will be between Korea Expressway Corp. Hi-pass and IBK Altos on Oct 22, start time at 19:00 KST.
GS Caltex Seoul KIXX:
KGC Ginseng Corp.:
Heungkuk Pink Spiders:
Korea Expressway Corp. Hi-pass:
(cannot confirm hi-pass schedule is official schedule)
As previously mentioned, last season champion Korea Expressway Corp. Hi-pass had a friendly with Japanese team Toray Arrows on Sunday September 18th. The result of the match is that Hi-pass defeated Toray 3-1 ( 25-14, 25-17, 25-20, 13-25 ). Some photos of the friendly can be found at www.kns.tv/ and www.kimcheon.co.kr/.
Sorry! Didn't realise that. Thank you!
Some players look promising. This is going to be fun.
When does the championship start?
Brazil is travelling to Japan with 15 players:
Opp: Tandara and Rosamaria (OH also)
S: Dani Lins and Roberta
OH: Natália, Fernanda Garay, Gabi, Drussyla and Amanda
MB: Adenízia, Thaisa, Bia and Carol
L: Suelen and Gabiru
Natalia (c) is still recovering. In case she bounces back, she'll play and one of the girls will leave. Otherwise, she's the one to be cut.
Congratulations!!! Liked the old version and I like the new one even more.
By the way, congratulations to Netherlands! Guess B team is way better than the starting six, isn't it?
On Brazil, missing Bernardinho big time.
Competition's formula is... uh... let's see... creative.
The bright side of Volleyball Nations League compared with the World Grand Prix it's been teams playing each other just one time on the preliminary round. The old formula was really unfair for some teams who played strong teams 2 or 3 times while others were getting easier matchups . However, 15 matches are way too much and the number of teams could be reduced for 12 in my opinion.
Teams are showing a lot of issues which makes it hard to forecast the winner. The best teams in the world are still fighting hard to find their best volleyball. Looking forward to Brazil vs USA!
Hey, guys, any clue who's coming to Brazil for Volleyball Nations League from the wide roster?
Did anybody watch Icarus on Netflix? It discloses the 2016 Summer Olympics behind scenes about doping in Russia from the point of view of Grigory Rodchenkov, former director of Anti-Doping Centre in Moscow. What do you think?
Director: Bryan Fogel
Have a go!
Congratulations to SESC-RJ and Vôlei Nestlé on the win!
Thanks for info, but how is the situation regarding Hooker? She will play for Minas this season? if so, will she be on court tonight?
You're welcome. Hooker is coming just to play Superliga.
Vôlei Bauru has extended Palacio's contract for the whole season.
I don't get what's the difference between Volleyball Nations League and World League/Grand Prix.
2017 CBV Super Cup
21.30 - SESC-RJ vs Camponesa/Minas (Sportv2)
Great warming-up for Superliga!
18.00 - Vôlei Nestlé vs Hinode Barueri (Sportv2)
If Vôlei Nestlé wins, they are the champs. If Hinode Barueri wins, there'll be a golden set.
And Stefano Lavarini's portoguese is already so fluent
Congratulations to Camponesa/Minas!!! One of the greatest teams in Brazil right now.
Rio do Sul has given up playing Superliga due to financial issues. Renata Valinhos/Country will play instead.