Posts by hakin12

    I don't get Regan Hood and her random carreer choices, last season she played in a bad 2nd league Turkish club. Malesevic and Bayramova were underperforming in Seramiksan so they called her and she was on the bench a few times but never played, lol they let a young mediocre Opp play as OH but not Regan. She never played for them and had no team anymore, then finished season again with a 2nd division bad club lol and now she's signed to replace Milenkovic in a good Italian team like Scandicci? I'm sure she again will not play at all.


    Anyone knows what's up with her lol?

    I feel as if some americans, apart from Regan also the likes of Liz McMahon, Karsta Lowe, Merete Lutz, Alix Klineman, Alisha Glass, Kim Glass and Hayley Spelman to name a few, seems, or seemed in some cases, to pursue their volleyball path more as a part of a lifestyle than vice verse, i.e the pursuit functions rather as a mean to achive an end rather than being an end in itself. For example Liz McMahon described her main ambition in life last year "all I want is just to be as cool as I can". This relaxed and "cool" posture hardly isnt an unusual american attitude but on contrary seems pretty ingrained in their culture as such. I guess travling and earn a salary means more than having a successful international career.

    Interesting comments by Stefana Veljković: We played like beasts in the semifinal, it was our best performance ever. After that we couldn't sleep and eat well. We felt a lot of tension coming into this match and it shook us. It was the most difficult match we have ever played, the Italians were phenomenal.


    I think she's (understandably) exaggerating a bit. I certainly don't think the semi vs NED was the best Serbia has ever played, but I do think it was an extremely high quality and hard fought match that's always going to be overshadowed by the other semi. There's a reason why Sloetjes looked so dejected after the match - she knew her team had given it their absolute all, came very close but ultimately couldn't make it.


    About "the most difficult" match ever... I'm not sure. Perhaps it is and you could definitely see the all the tension, but IMO, the Olympic semi against the USA had everything this match had, and then some.

    I agree with this. In case Netherlands would have been so good despite having Koolhaas instead of Robin De Krujiff, undeniably one of the best, if not the best, center in the world right now its obviously scary and a great pity for them, however I somehow doubt it as well. For me it was not a "beast" performance in the semis at all, they looked tensed and after being close to losing the 1st set, dropped the second set somewhat stupendously after being up with a seemingly impregnable margin close to the end of the set. And in the third set they were down by a extensive marign initially, like 8-3 or so, before they finally woke up. In all of those sets they showed signs of weakness and yes, as you say, the dutch really tasted it and desperately wanted their slice of fortune from it. In the end, I guess the phrase "dog fight" might be a more appropriate term to use in order to describe the game. Here it was more of mental strength than technical or athletical prowess that made them prevail in the end.

    I only see one real threat to the current top-teams here during this championship in the near future and that is Poland. With the addition of the most promising 200 cm+ prospect since Gamova in Magda Stysiak, while already being in possession of Smarzek, Kakolewska and Wolosz in "the right age", Poland can be a force pretty soon if they would be able to convert Malwina into an outside hitter instead of being an OPP during NT-competitions.


    Another dark horse is Russia, at least on a little bit less narrow cycle, next olympics might be to early for their new golden generation. The 15-year old opposite spiker (born 2003) Tatiana Kadochkina (192 cm) seems to be the unicorn or "super nova" of the pack. She´s acctually already dominating big time on senior level for Dinamo Kazan in the Russian Cup right now, delivering unreal bombs for her age. When her team defeated Krasnodar, with Perepelkina & co, she scored almost 30 pts for a squad that also included the likes of Bavykina, Samoilenko and Maryiuknich. I guess she will become a starter for Kazan in the domestic level as well as in Champions League straight away this season, topping Mikyskova and Malygina. Without a single doubt Russia has the potential to fill the void that emerge on the OPP-side once Goncharova retires. On a side-note, Kadochkina has been nurtured in the Gamova Sport School, established by Katya in Kazan some years ago.

    It is difficult to compare but I think Jelic was better player than Egonu of today , so I wonder if she would have scored 50 + points regularly.


    No, she was not in absolute terms, perhaps in relative terms though (she might have been more dominant). And if you go back and watch games from the times when she was active, you would notice for example the level of play on the masculine side of the highest calibre, from global tournaments such as Olympics in Seoul ´88 or Barcelona ´92, hardly would stand out quality-wise, neither in terms of pace nor in terms of pure power, in relation to a female game of the equivalent elite level as of today, and to compare the female current female elite with the women back then is to make a parallell between to different dimensions of space, they are located in different systems figuratively. I recently watched one of the semifinals of the European Championships in Stockholm from 1989 between Soviet Union and Sweden, where Sweden won by 3-2 btw, and the level of play cannot be said to be anything less than a laughable parody in relation to the current standards of the game, it was visibly slower than the pace the best females are able to master nowadays. Without a doubt the game was not as developed when Jelic ruled it during the 90s, so its like comparing an apple with an orange.

    Wow, 21 pts in a three-set game for the 18-year old Stysiak is really quite something! Mighty impressive to say the least from her, albeit in a friendly. Given her team, still a force to be reckoned with in the polish league, lost with 3-0 I guess she might outgrow the domestic level sooner rather than later. Hopefully she follows the examples of Kakolewska, Wolosz and Smarszek before her and leaves for Italy in order to develop further. Stysiak seems for me to have potential to be this seasons equivalent to Isabelle Haak, i.e a really tall, super young - whom de facto still competes as a youth age-wise - breakthrough-player on a world level in a senior environment.

    Apart from the fatigue factor, experience also speaks in favour of the serbian side. The Balkans have obviously already been in the final of olympics and won the ECH with almost all of the players in the current main line-up being in squad as key players back then. Consequently, this team has already achieved their fair share and wont be so startled, or should not be at least, of the extraordinary circumstances as the italians side whose players lack merits from the highest surroundings. The next logical step from where Italy previously have resided in terms of level on a global scale would probably be a medal at the uppermost, however, nothing but gold could be considered as a progression for the serbs. Therefore I guess the teams might go in with a different kind of attitude/mindset into the game tomorrow. I presume a loss would be far more grievous for Serbia, the pressure from themselves, the federation and the country is higher. Obviously it might not merely be negative for the italians to be the on papper "cooler" side, it could also play into their hands as well since some teams really thrives as underdogs but ice up as "the team to beat". One thing is for sure, it will be an extremely intriguing final between two almost complete teams. My guess is that Serbia prevails in the end with a set ratio of three sets to one.

    The odds on Japan, 4.33 in the 5-6th place game against the USA, should represent value as well. Highly overpriced if you ask me at least. I feel this evaluation objectively reflect the balance between the forces under neutral circumstances, however, since this is not the case this time, given that the subjective motivation factor should tilt heavily on the side of the japanese as the home team with crowd incentives in an otherwise insignificant event, they should be able to prevail more often than usually.

    Did Haak play in these matches?


    Yes, at least if you are refering to Isabelle, which I not so boldly anticipate, she most likely did since there were some interviews published with her after both games in swedish media, although containing very limited info with sweeping generalized opinions of how she related to the performance of her team as a whole. She could of course have done this from a spectators view on the bench as well, but it seems not very presumtive to say the least. I do not know about her older sister Anna Haak, who plays for a team in the american college system NCAA, but I think she played as well, there is no information I can trace that points to the opposite. In such case, then the arrival of Rebecka Lazic will be less important, since the difference between them (Anna and Rebecka) on their shared wing-position probably isnt so immense, but the advent of Alexandra and Filippa will be weighty regardless.

    Ukraine and Belarus will play a friendly today in Ivano Frankivsk, and the match will be broadcasted through a live stream provided here:


    http://xsport.ua/volleyball_s/…ya-v-nachale-maya_481710/


    Regarding Sweden´s performance, or lack of, at least they could be excused a bit given the absence of the Lazic-sisters, the main players on their both wing positions, as well as the middle blocker, who has had some decent success in the NCAA during the previous season, Filippa Hansson. They will arrive to the team later during the season, at least according to the federations website, but I have not seen any information in relation to when it will happen precisely, unfortunalety. About the results in the two games played (which resulted in straight set losses against both UKR and BLR) I hardly think anything else but a huge defeat could have been expected. Of course they were merely a punchbag, a hopeless victim, while faced with teams of this level without three of their four best players in light of the deficient depth of the team, i.e the substitutes on their positions are in devastating lack of any functional skill set or positive attributes at all to assert themselves at a professional level. The best MB:s from the domestic league is, quite astonishingly, merely around 175-180 cm for example. I do not know if the presence of these three would have ameliorated their team sufficiently to prevail at least in a set or two vis-a-vis this type of opposition, but I would not have ruled it out at least.

    There was an article featuring an interview with Isabelle Haak published on her federations website in swedish. I translated it for those who are interested in the content. She was questioned about the past season as well as what lies ahead. She claims the long-term goal for Sweden is to accomplish a medal in the olympic games, but for it to happen I assume they must get far better blockers than they are in possession of currently.


    You won the scoring title for your team Scandicci, 491 points in 22 games. Why has it gone so well?


    - It was not a goal for me. I moved to Italy to come to a league with more balanced games, so that I could evolve. I have obtained a more significant role, I have a good coach and excercise on a daily basis with team mates who play in their respective national teams. It´s developing.


    What have you learned after two years as a pro?


    - To be super-focused on every training, eat the right food so that I am able to focus and perform, and get used to not get praise all the time but be able to take criticism and modify my approach in line with the will of the coach.


    The italian, daily sportnewspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport compared you with the basketball icon Michael Jordan. How does it feel?


    - I have not much knowledge of him, but I do know his carrer, he has had a fantastic career, so it feels tremendous.


    La Regina de Svezia, "the swedish queen". Where does that nickname come from?


    - I do not acctually know, but it was fun when I was in a store and the man in the cashout said: "Ah, the swedish queen".


    What do you miss the most from Sweden in Italy?


    - The friends at home! Swedish coffee? No, I hardly drank coffee before I traveled aboard and became a pro, and in Italy I have learned to drink the coffee as an italian, espresso.


    SOK (Swedish Olympic Comitee) makes a grand investment in front of the olympic games 2024 and 2028, for instance by putting their whole resource team at disposal with physical coaches, nutritionists, media accountants etc...How do you look at it?


    - This is of course very positive for swedish volleyball, and especially as far as the womens game are concerned.


    How good can the women´s team (Swedish national team) be?


    - We are a young team with many players who are professionals abroad, so we can develop and be really good.


    Possibly even a medal in the olympic games 2024 and 2028 - if you qualify?


    - Yes. First of all, but the long-term goal is to accomplish a place on the podium and receive a medal around the neck.


    What do you bring to the national team?


    - Experience par excellence. I have been a pro for two years and train with good players every day. It´s developing.


    The olympic games 2024 will be held in Paris. You are half-french, your father was a frenchman. How does it feel?


    - It will be fun if we become qualified! I have relatives there, for example cousins. The best with Paris? The food, the atmosphere - and the eiffel tower.


    Why should I watch your games? (Swedish NT)


    - Because volleyball is a nice sport to watch, it happens things all the time and since we are a team that is already playing well.


    You have studied the second and third year in high school at a distance. How has it functioned?


    - It´s gone well. My mother has helped me and facilitated with the practial things such as cooking, so I have had time left over for homework. Even if it has functioned pretty well to study at a distance it will be nice to graduate.


    Will you graduate at a distance, too?


    - No. I will do it with my classmates from Engelholm, which I went with the first year (of three in total).


    You have the volleyball as your profession. If you had not selected it, what would you have choosen for occupation then?


    I study social science with a behavioral orientation and is interested in psychology, so maybe psychatrist.


    Has the subject of psychology bolstered your ability to evolve as a player?


    - I have not done much mental training so far in my career, but it is something which starts to interest me now.


    Something you need to work on in particular in your development as an individual and thereby become even better as a volleyball player?


    - I could be better to step forward. It´s pretty hierarchial in Italy, and I am pretty young, so I am a bit down in the hierarchy so far.


    What goals do you have ahead?


    - To arrive hungry when the new season emerge after an intense summer comes to an end, so that we hopefully will interact well with each other when the Champions League matches will be determined. The main objective for our team, Scandicci, I assume will hardly be less than a semifinal in both Champions League as well as Coppa Italia. I want to continue to grow in my team and be able to take more responsibility.

    There was an article featuring an interview with Isabelle Haak published on her federations website in swedish. I translated it for those who are interested in the content. She was questioned about the past season as well as what lies ahead.


    You won the scoring title for your team Scandicci, 491 points in 22 games. Why has it gone so well?


    - It was not a goal for me. I moved to Italy to come to a league with more balanced games, so that I could evolve. I have obtained a more significant role, has a good coach and excercise on a daily basis with team mates who play in their respective national teams. It´s developing.


    What have you learned after two years as a pro?


    - To be super-focused on every training, eat the right food so that I am able to focus and perform, and get used to not get praise all the time but be able to take criticism and modify my approach in accordance to the will of the coach.

    The italian, daily sportnewspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport compared you with the basketball icon Michael Jordan. How does it feel?


    - I have not much knowledge of him, but I do know his carrer he has had a fantastic career, so it feels tremendous.


    La Regina de Svezia, "the swedish queen". Where does that nickname come from?


    - I do not acctually know, but it was fun when I was in a store and the man in the cashout said: "Ah, the swedish queen".

    What do you miss the most from Sweden in Italy?


    - The friends at home! Swedish coffee? No, I hardly drank coffee before I traveled aboard and became a pro, and in Italy I have learned to drink the coffee as an italian, espresso.


    SOK (Swedish Olympic Comitee) makes a grand investment in front of the olympic games 2024 and 2028, for instance by putting their whole resource team at disposal with physical coaches, nutritionists, media accountants etc...How do you look at it?


    - This is of course very positive for swedish volleyball, and especially as far as the womens game are concerned.



    How good can the women´s team (Swedish national team) be?


    - We are a young team with many players who are professionals abroad, so we can develop and be really good.

    Possibly even a medal in the olympic games 2024 and 2028 - if you qualify?


    - Yes. First of all, but the long-term goal is to accomplish a place on the podium and receive a medal around the neck.


    What do you bring to the national team?


    - Experience par excellence. I have been a pro for two years and train with good players every day. It´s developing.

    The olympic games 2024 will be held in Paris. You are half-french, your father was a frenchman. How does it feel?


    - It will be fun if we become qualified! I have relatives there, for example cousins. The best with Paris? The food, the atmosphere - and the eiffel tower.


    Why should I watch your games? (Swedish NT)


    - Because volleyball is a nice sport to watch, it happens things all the time and since we are a team that is already playing well.

    You have studied the second and third year in high school at a distance. How has it functioned?


    - It´s gone well. My mother has helped me and facilitated with the practial things such as cooking, so I have had time left over for homework. Even if it has functioned pretty well to study at a distance it will be nice to graduate.

    Will you graduate at a distance, too?


    - No. I will do it with my class in Ängelholm, which I went with the first year (of three in total).

    You have the volleyball as your profession. If you had not selected it, what would you have choosen for occupation then?


    I study social science with a behavioral orientation and is interested in psychology, so maybe psychatrist.

    Has the subject of psychology bolstered your ability to evolve as a player?


    - I have not done much mental training so far in my career, but it is something which starts to interest me now.

    Something you need to work on in particular in your development as an individual and thereby become even better as a volleyball player?


    - I could be better to step forward. It´s pretty hierarchial in Italy, and I am pretty young, so I am a bit down in the hierarchy so far.

    What goals do you have ahead?


    - To arrive hungry when the new season emerge after an intense summer comes to an end, so that we hopefully will interact well with each other when the Champions League matches will be determined. The main objective for our team, Scandicci, I assume will hardly be less than a semifinal in both Champions League as well as Coppa Italia. I want to continue to grow in my team and be able to take more responsibility.

    Wide roster for European Games and ECH-qualies:


    Setters


    Fanny Andersson, Engelholm VS
    Sofia Andersson, Norsjö VBK
    Vilma Andersson, Engelholm VS
    Josephine Tegenfalk, Örebro VBS


    Liberos


    Johanna Edberg, VC Kanti Schaffhausen (SUI)
    Fanny Åhman, IKSU Volley
    Catarina Cooper, KFUM Malmö Volley
    Sofie Sjöberg, Örebro VBS


    Spikers


    Isabelle Haak, Savino Del Bene Volley Scandicci (ITA)
    Alexandra Lazic, Volero Zürich (SUI)
    Rebecka Lazic, Rocheville Le Cannet (FRA)
    Anna Haak, Marquette Golden Eagles (USA)
    Hanna Hellvig, Lidingö SK
    Stina Rix, Hylte/Halmstad VBK
    Diana Lundvall, Örebro VBS
    Isabelle Reffel, Lidingö SK


    MB:s


    Jonna Wasserfaller, TFOC Volley Ball Terville (FRA)
    Filippa Hansson, LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (USA)
    Linda Andersson, Örebro VBS
    Fanny Skogsfors, Gislaved VBK
    Tilde Thun, Engelholm VS
    Lilly Topic, Lindesberg VBK
    Julia Nilsson, Svedala VK


    Great competiveness among the spikers and especially the outside positions. Quite unique with two sister-combinations as the leading players of the team.

    Swedish TV visiting Isabelle Haak in Italy: https://www.svt.se/sport/volle…gen-av-sverige-i-florens/


    Very interesting interview with Haak although a bit unfortuate and perhaps a little bit inappropriate to put it here since most content is not comprehensible for non-swedish users. However to translate perhaps the most exciting part for the users, the one regarding where she wants to play after her contract with Scandicci becomes resolved after next season, she mentions Turkey and Japan as the ones highest on the list. It is also mentioned she currenly lives in an apartment together with her mother (her father died when she was only 14 years old) right now but will live alone after next season. Furthermore she reveals life is more lonely currently than at previous stages in her career.

    Proton Saratov defeated Odintsovo.


    I did say Odintsovo can be quite predictable and they also had some problems with the pass which smaller teams could exploit.


    Unfortunately...my review is quite limited. The match bored me to death that I can only watch one and a half set while having to check my phone quite a lot because the game did not hold my interest. I'm just curious about the defeat. Saratov did beat Dinamo Moscow but at least that match went to a tiebreaker. This match... :down:


    I presume Odintsovo lost the game through making far 2 many serving errors (15 serve errors in only three sets is just 2 much) and attacking errors/block downs in their spike attempts.

    Ekaterina Polyakova from Leningradka St. Petersburg did something truly remarkable yesterday against Dinamo Krasnodar, where her team lost two sets to three, when she achieved a perfect spike ratio, 100% success rate, in 16 attempts; 16 from 16 and on top of that she had six kill blocks and one ace for a total of 23 points. Not bad for a middle blocker.

    It was said that he had serious health issues and won’t be investing as he used to.


    I don't think the new club will be a powerhouse wherever they end up. The money just doesn't seem to be there anymore. The sister club Le Cannet just got a 6 point reduction for not paying its players.


    This seems not unlikely. His brother Dmitry Yakubovsky is the wealthy businessman and lawyer I suppose for a large part finance the project, perhaps not unlikely so for some cover-up activity to get away with money laundering, since he is trouble with the law back in his home country Russia and apperantely he has got a part of his assets frozen by the state. Perhaps this is a major reason behind the crisis to fund the teams of Volero and Cannet, even though this should be said is only pure speculation from my point of view ofc. I know nothing about the guy but he looks like Al Capone or Tony Montana: https://en.crimerussia.com/fin…n-by-federal-tax-service/

    Great win for Moscow of course, but Berezhko had to go off the court in the second set because of an injury. I dont know about the seriousness though. Grozer did not play for Novosibirsk against Yaroslavl, anybody knows if he is injured again or just a security measure due to some exhaustion/fatigue or so?

    I can add something here. When Pavan played for Nebraska in the college league, NCAA, she was in deep water for some personal conflicts too. Following was written in the newspaper Daily Nebraskan in 2008: "Pavan told the magazine that conflict existed within the Husker volleyball team, that she felt enormous pressure under the Nebraska volleyball spotlight and that jealousy (other girls being jealous of her) and confusion about her identity strained relationships with teammates and coaches". And then "as a result of the story, Coach John Cook told Pavan she could no longer participate in post-season practices" followed by "after the Redwire story's publication, Cook told Pavan she could resume practicing with the team if she complied with several stipulations, including an apology. She declined to comply. " http://www.dailynebraskan.com/…32-b50d-aaf29eab0350.html