Posts by hakin12

    Some favourite books by volleyball players:


    Zuzanna Gorecka: Autobus Energii

    Maria Vorobyeva: The Fault in Our Stars

    Ksenia Smirnova: Books by Erich Maria Remarque

    Victoria Russu: The Little Prince

    Simone Anzani: Il cacciatore di acquiloni

    Ergul Avci: The Devil Wears Prada

    Erik Shoji: To Kill a Mockingbird

    Valentina Diouf: The Angel's Game

    Stefana Veljkovic: Anna Karenina

    Bruno Mossa Rezende: The Da Vinci Code

    Valentina Arighetti: Lord of the Rings

    Chiara Di Iuliuo: Un giorno in piu

    Taylor Sander: Animal Farm

    Nicole Fawcett: The Bell Jar

    Priscilla Daroit: The Da Vinci Code

    Walewska: Carandiru

    Milena Rasic: Eagles Fly Early

    Dennis Del Valle: The Hocket

    Lukas Kampa: Illuminati

    Olivia Baluk: Pretty Little Liars

    Wiktor Rajsner: Dennis Rodman - The Autobiography

    The art of loving by Erich Fromm

    An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

    Compulsion by Meyer Levin

    The loser by Thomas Bernhard

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amos Towles

    Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

    The secret history by Donna Tartt

    The goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro

    The bonfire of the vanities by Tom Wolfe

    The kool-aid acid test by Tom Wolfe

    Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier

    The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Was she injured last summer or it was just by her unwillingness?

    She was slightly injured but not more than that she could have played if strictly necessary. She cited mental fatigue and physical exhaustion as the main reasons to not participate and that it was a precationary measure to not obtain something of a more fatal or chronical nature in the future. In other words, she just wanted an additional amount of rest/recovery and wasn´t in need of an operation or so.

    For me, it seems like Haak just does not care very much about Swedish NT. I get the sense that she considers it as a secondary priority and that her effort/motivation into it is low. I mean, the organization and management of the particular NT in question are substandard or third-rate, hardly professionally managed, and so vastly inferior in relation to what she experiences abroad while playing for a top team in a prestigious pro league that I doubt it´s easy for her to redirect/adjust and take it very seriously. The last summer she didn´t even play at all for Sweden and I doubt she will play much for them in the future as well due to the reason mentioned above.

    We have seen a dramatic increase of Corona-cases during the last day in Turkey. I read some reports regarding the ongoing issue from basketball-players (Frida Eldebrink, Farhiya Abdi etc) who played in Turkey during the last season, and they told media that the authorities in Turkey seem to not have taken the threat of the Coronavirus seriously as long as they were playing there (until recently, some week ago). How is the atmosphere in Turkey now, are people and autorities getting more aware/serious about the issue and if so, to what extent?

    CEV is all about money. I am pretty sure they will do their best to keep the tournament, however it is hard to tell anything right now since we don't know which month OG will be organized. The announcement just said 'it will be organized no later than 2021 summer'. This is very vague to make a guess

    Yes, but I suppose that if they succeed in their effort and make it happen, then we will, unfortunalety, in effect see a decline in prestige and a lot of withdrawals from key players to the extent a lot of rosters might effectively appear as rather second-rate or B-teams, regardless of if the tournament occurs prior or after the OG. If they make the tournament before OG, more "stars" might appear but hardly particularily motivated and very cautiously due to an obvious unwilllingness to be affected by an injury at that point.

    What do you expect will happen now when it comes to ECH 2021? The tournament is expected to unravel next summer with Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania as the hosting countries. Do you believe they might play be able to put it through either before or after the OG, and thereby avoid to cancel it, or do you expect ECH might be canceled altogether?

    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".