Posts by hakin12

    She will switch to sandvolley after 2020. (Like Kerri Walsh)

    Plummer is 201 cm tall according to legavolleyfem. It´s rare with players that tall (200cm+) to play, and succeed for that matter, as a pro on the beach. Klineman and Pavan, both around 194-196 cm, are the tallest pro´s among the players currently ranked within top-100 in the world. It will be interesting to see how frutiful this ambition turns out to be in reality.

    Belgium NT roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament:


    S: Ilka Van de Vyver/Jutta Van de Vyver
    Opp:Grobelna/Karolina Goliat
    OH: Britt Herbots/Celine Van Gestel/Jodie Guilliams/Manon Stragier
    MB:Dominika Sobolska/Marlies Janssens/Silke Van Avermaet/ Nathalie Lemmens
    L: Britt Ruysschaert/Anna Valkenborg


    Lise van Hecke, Laura Heyrman, Charlotte Leys, Helene Rosseaux and Freya Albrecht will not be there.

    Why is Andrea Drews even nominated in the best OPP category? Besides, a big lol at Smarzek having received more than double the amount of votes over Haak. I can not see another reason for this than that the voters to an disproportionate degree are polish, at least in relation to the numbers of Swedes, but the overall count (21 votes) is also way too many in relation to other players number of votes. I mean, are there even non-polish people dwelling on the globe who are seriously picking Smarzek over Boskovic, Egonu and Haak?

    I just checked Alexa Gray's stats, they're mighty impressive. She is averaging 18 pts per game and has killed 47% (!) of the balls in attack. For an outside hitter, such numbers are rare independent of the context. It makes no sense whatsoever to dispatch the best offensive OH, in terms of attacking efficiency, in the entire league. The great with it, on the other hand, is that it enables her to show off her talents in a more competent environment already this season - serious clubs in need of an OH should have their eyes open for the development.

    The management of Caserta could hardly have been asked for much more given the material they are in possession of. The current record of the team after half of the season - two wins and ten losses - reflects fairly well where they stand in terms of individual quality in light of where the other teams in the league find themselves in this regard, at least in my opinion. They could, from a realistic view, hardly have expected a very contrasting outcome than this before the start of the season. If so, they would either have to be suffering from lack of volleyball knowledge or simply being deluded with serious reality distortions.

    Ouch, I am able to recall one television commercial here in Sweden for Italian pasta. It went on something like this: "Italians are simply more passionate about life than the rest of us. When they love, they love, and when they cook, they cook". This time, one might assume they surprised with their passion in a less fortunate fashion. In order to balance the view, they could - with toxic comments from Diouf and Pavan (Italian citizen with Italian parents) in mind - have added something like this in the advertising: "when they get unprofessional, they get unprofessional".

    I think this issue is fairly easily resolved. In the NCAA, the American college league where Tapp presumably got her measured height, it´s standard to measure the height of every player with shoes on (which give the players a boost of about 3.0 cm). In addition to that they usually measure them early in the morning, when they are 1.5-2 cm taller than in the evening as well as preferably rounding half an inch up rather than down if a borderline-case pops up, i.e a player who is 6´2 and half an inch will likely be listed as 6´3 (191 cm) instead of 6´2 (188 cm). Hence a player who is 185 cm can easily come across as 191 cm given the variables involved in this system of measurement.

    I don't think Stysiak - being quite unfamiliar until recently even for the hardcore-fans - has found time yet to summon a solid pack of haters to be honest. She had some skeptics, for sure, but I suppose a lot of them have vanished now after her classy performance so far in this championship.


    I watched long bits, perhaps half of the game in sum, between Italy and Russia. I have to say that with that type of performance Italy displayed there, Serbia should just drive through them in a rather convinient fashion; no stability whatsoever in neither reception nor attack isnt going to constitute a miracle medicine against the well-oiled machine they are up against tomorrow. With that being said, Italy can for sure up their game just in time for the semis, although I find it somewhat unlikely myself. Just as some persons have already pointed out, Egonu isnt close right now to being as dominant as she has been, and, as long as it does not change, I believe Italy will be forced to pay a high price for it in the shape of coming up short in this "battle of titans".

    Erodogan should have as a slogan "Make Volleyball Great Again" before the next elections! MVGA

    Turkey x Netherlands - the host team have the upper hand here between the two on par teams, no wonder the betting odds skews to the host team. Still much a balanced match.

    The odds are not leaning against Turkey as the favourite at this point but Netherlands, though. The odds for Turkey are about 2.3-2.4 on most bookies fight now while being down at around 1.6-1.7 for Holland to win.

    I think Finland over performed too. I know they didnt qualify to the next stage, but most of all, they showed a good game for their standards. And one of the most important elements, they showed a lot of fighting spirit, something that many teams lacks, even the ones which advanced to the next round.

    I really liked finnish setter and libero. They have the level to play in any mid-level team of italian league.

    But so far, I agree that Germany is a "cindirella" in the making in this ECH. If they gets the semi, this would be more than an overachievement.

    There is actually a specific word in Finnish describing a high dose of spirit, called "sisu". Regularily when an athlete or a team plays well from Finland the Scandinavian neighbour countries refers to his, her or their success as an effect of "the Suomi sisu". This legendary force was particulartily put up at test in the WW2 when Finland sustained mighty hardships against an, on paper, overwhelming opponent in the Soviet Union with a population about 100x greater and vastly superior artillery. Girls as young as 12-13 years old took voluntarily to out-of-date arms in order to defend themselves against the Soviets with modern Molotov-cocktails etc and won several battles, humiliating their opponents initially. In the light of this, its not hard to see they could put up noticeable upsets in contexts such as volleyball as well. The degree of fighting spirit and patriotism among Finnish people might be second to none, hence it will be intriguing to follow these girls in the future, could they improve technically I see "sky as the limit".

    Not a playback, but in the context of trashy Balkan-artists, this man surely belongs there just as well as the fish does in the water. "Adinatoor" or Andrijano Mijanovic, a reality show contestant from Sweden with his roots in Balkan and an "artist", has probably executed one of the cringiest and most trashy performances in history through his song called "Allt för mina cash" (in English "Everything for my cash". The entire Sweden has laughed at him for the "song".


    Btw, this guy is notorious in Sweden for his sexist view of women and vulgär or thuggish way of speaking, hardly drawing one full sentence without the existence of words like puzzy, dick and fuck, or slang-words with references to such words.


    I agree with Beri that a lot of the men in the thread are not, for me at least, hot from an objective standpoint, that is, they don´t have a lot of characteristics we typically associate with the ideal appearance for a model or an actor for example Marcus Schenkenberg, David Gandy or Bradley Cooper. Volkov, with his very weak facial features and receding chin, is unlikely to front the magazine for GQ or in an ad for Calvin Klein. We could just as well take in Artem Volvich or Dima Muserskiy. However, there is a subjective factor in beauty as well and I surely think, without going into too much details, the ideal man appearance-wise differs a bit out of a homosexual man´s view in relation to a heterosexual female´s. Besides, in all such comparisions between players there will be a partial factor involved, since I guess many people will, subconsciously or not, prefer their favourite players on the court over others even in this widely different domain.

    USA Women's Junior National Team Roster

    • Name (Position, Height, HS Grad Year, Club/Region, College, Hometown)
    • 3 - Brooke Nuneviller (L, 5-11, 2018, Aspire VBC/Arizona, Oregon, Chandler, Ariz.)
    • 4 - Mia Tuaniga (S, 5-9, 2020, Apex1/Southern Cal, Long Beach State, Long Beach, Calif.)
    • 5 - Azhani Tealer (OPP, 5-10, 2019, Texas Image/North Texas, Kentucky, Grand Prairie, Texas)
    • 6 - Logan Eggleston (OH, 6-1, 2018, Alliance/Southern, Texas, Brentwood, Tenn.)
    • 7 - Jenna Wenaas (OH, 6-1, 2020, TAV/North Texas, Minnesota, Frisco, Texas)
    • 9 - Skylar Fields (OPP, 6-2, 2019, Houston Juniors/Lone Star, Texas, Missouri City, Texas)
    • 11 - Molly Phillips (M, 6-2, 2019, Texas Image/North Texas, Texas, Mansfield, Texas)
    • 13 - Ella May Powell (S, 6-2, 2018, Ozark Juniors/Delta, Washington, Fayetteville, Ark.)
    • 15 - Katie Clark (M, 6-3, 2018, TAV/North Texas, TCU, Arlington, Texas)
    • 17 - Anna Dixon (OH, 6-3, 2019, KC Power/Heart of America, Kansas State, Louisburg, Kan.)
    • 20 - Heather Gneiting (M, 6-6, 2018, Club V/Intermountain, BYU, Provo, Utah)
    • 19 - Kendall Kipp (OPP, 6-6, 2019, Laguna Beach VBC/Southern Cal, Stanford, Newport Beach, Calif.)

    The final round of the U16 ECH for women will unravel in a couple of weeks with Russia as one of the participants.


    Here is the roster: https://www.cev.eu/Competition…aspx?TeamID=11074&ID=1113


    Though this is a thread primary about the senior team, I cannot but be taken aback by the height of those 14-15 year old players. This team, consisting of players born 2004, has four players that are 195 cm or above. Most senior teams, which benefits from a much wider age span to select between, rarely manage to obtain this quantity. Given their age, several of them might grow even more in the future as well.

    Goncharova looks incredible, but her tatooed eye-brows, a specific attribute tied to inflated ratios of narcissism in females according to scientific research I have come over, coupled with her (now gone) nose-piercing, t-shirts for 500 euro, several body tatoos, fondness for McDonalds (her favourite restaurant), rap/hip hop music as Max Korzh and frequent night club visits makes her every bit of a stereotypical Moscow-chick imo; the flamboyant vulgarity. Personality-wise she is my absolute nightmare I have to say. The type of "cosmopolitan" woman who adores Audrey Hepburn and never has read a book in her life except for maybe some erotical novels.

    Sloetjes was fantastic in Vakifbank. She attacked in CL one season, I think it was the 16/17 campaign, with a percentage of killed balls, above 55%, per attempt in attack rarely seen the last decades and merely matched by the likes of Zhu Ting, Boskovic and Egonu. No one else apart from them has produced such numbers, but while these three mentioned are somewhat universally recognized as extraordinary Sloetjes is enigmatically underrated here and everywhere. She is much better than she gets credit for! Definitely an all-time great in this sport.