Posts by hakin12

    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.

    Stysiak is really good considering her age. For an 18-year old, its a remarkable feat just to be in the main line-up for a squad in the VNL. Kasia Skowronska debuted for the Polish NT at the age of 20 for example, to put this accomplishment into some perspective. We have seen a dramatic rise of very young superstars who have taken a shortcut past the normal path from being newcombers to stars in a very short amount of time, such as Egonu, Haak and Vargas, which in turn have made us oblivious of a more broader historical context where its been rare to make a breakthrough already as a teenager. Neither Kosheleva nor Goncharova or Tandara were something special as teenagers. Kosheleva, for example, was far from considered main-line up material at 20 in OG 2008. Goncharova made her breakthrough in 2009 at the age of 20. And I mean, look at Smarzek now and then think about where she was in terms of level back in 2015 when she was in Stysiaks age right now.

    Besides, usually players of extraordinary size, 200 cm+, tend to need more time in order to grow into world class-players. Gamova was never anything special before lets say 2001-2002, when she was already 21-22. During Sydney Olympics 2000, at the age of 20, she was a bench player.

    In Polish, like in other Slavic languages, "c" = ts. So, it's pronounced "Katsper". Just like Brankica is "Brankitsa", not "Brankicka".

    Ivana is Ivanka also as well? I thought I heard someone pronounce it so recently, don´t remember the context.

    Where is Camila Weitzel, the very young, tall and talented MB?

    That is it. Their is no better TEAM in the World than Conegliano.

    Both Novara and Vakifbank are ridiculous with all about Egonu and Zhu. Their game looks so boring.

    Not really. Both Sloetjes and Bartsch contributes well for their teams today.

    No idea 2 rationalize anything here. I think most of you are just ¨coming of age¨ and hence arrived at a stage of your life, either approaching shortly or surpassed recently the age barrier of 30, when other things becomes more important in life than socializing on a forum. The same goes for other activites such as ¨gaming¨ on a computer (World of Warcraft) etc. This phase would have emerged regardless of any external event such as a massive intoxicating inflow from ¨trolls¨ or so.

    4000 is the 5% all Busto Arsizio dwellers. 😂

    When I was there and watched the ECH 2011, with Gamova and Goncharova in the Russian team playing against Netherlands with Flier etc, hardly anyone I spoke to even knew where the arena PalaYamamay was located :lol:

    People are really good at taking things out of context here. I guess I need to clear some things up.

    I never criticized beri's English, for crying out loud, there's plenty worse than her, okay? And I don't speak perfect English either.

    All I did was point out her misuse of "then", a lot of people do this deliberately, they're perfectly aware of the difference between then and than, like some people type "their" instead of "there". It's annoying to me.

    I wouldn't care if you wrote "I must to play volleyball or I play volleyballs":rolleyes:

    Sorry about going OT.

    I didnt even refer at you though, it was a very hostile troll in the topic related to transfer discussions.

    Van Hecke is pretty good. Her efficiency or hitting ratio has dropped below respected levels some seasons, and she usually takes to many spikes to be particularily effective in general, but this season she has got it together better than in the previous one´s at least. Not top-10 in the world, but not all 2 far from it either.

    So slightly off-topic and I was just curious, at what age can a female volleyball player be considered out of her prime? Take Goncharova for example (she is turning 30 this year), although there has been a slight drop in her performance say from the last 3-4 years, she is still playing high level and can still be considered one of the best players in her position. I know Gamova retired in NT at 33 years old if I'm not mistaken. Sheila retired around the same age.

    This depends on playing style, apart from personality factors or overall mentality to go along with the age of her breakthrough, in my opinion; if the player relies heavily on athleticism or upon variation for example. Gamova, a great example of a more technical player, is an example of a late bloomer, her most impressive performances came in the WCH 2010 while she was already 30 years old. Whereas in contrast a lot of the best athletically gifted and highly explosive Cubans, such as Calderon, Carrillo and Carcaces, have showed signs of decline already before arriving at the age of 26-27. Destinee Hooker is another player who "peaked" early. Apart from that it also depends on how long the player has been performing on the highest stage. A player might merely have a certain amount of ages on top at her disposal, a maximum time or "buffert", and I would guess its somewhere around ten years. Hence a player who makes her breakthrough on the international or global scene at the age of 17 might be able to perform without decline on this same stage until 27 or so, at least according to what I believe myself. This, I speculate, is due to the fact a player either mentally or physically, or both, gets worn out after a longer time than that. They still might be world class even after this decline, albeit not on the same climatic level.