Posts by hakin12

    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

    Some truly amazing serves for sure from Brakocevic, but their game is awfully predictible, putting virtually all balls to Brakocevic now in the third and she has started to get blocked down A LOT...its rare to see any player getting blocked down so many times in a set as her in set 4 here. I have lost the count personally.

    Wow interesting where did you get all this info about Natasha? I read most of her interviews and basically she is saying volleyball is her life and she spends training most of her day, i.e.no time to go out partying, watch a movie etc. And besides, in these forums, she isn't highly regarded either by her attitude or her ability as a player. But I agree she seems indifferent most times regardless if she scores a point or she gets blocked. I almost want to say I miss the fiery Goncha back in those days.


    Yes, its probably true she has sacrifaced the "normal life" for a long time and I do not think she was partying very much while being so obsessed with her career, but I do not think this is the present mentality.

    If I'm not wrong. Someone already said that her salary is around 1M$. Ofc She would play abroad if this is not true. She is great player and every top team would like to have her in their team.


    I'm not surprised with this win of Galatasaray. Dinamo Moscow is noting special to me. They have only 1 or 2 very good attacker.


    This seems not so likely. I do not think anybody said it. Pankov talked about salaries in an interview couple of years ago and he said Gamova and Kosheleva received the highest amount in the league while earning around 20 million rubles, equivalent of around 350 000 euro, and because of the very weak ruble in relation to western currencies the last three-four years or so, it is even more hard to believe. Surely she has a nice income, but I do not think salaries of this type exist at all in female russian volleyball. Simply, if this type of money would exist there it would be a location that attracted more players, but of course I cannot say for sure.

    She's not exactly promoting herself too well today though :S


    I thought the same while watching. But I do not think Natasha is in perfect shape mentally. She lives like a vampire, often goes to bed for sleep like 3-4 am in the morning, and at least from what I have heard, has no real friend in life at all, and very poor connection with her team mates from a friendship point of view, regardless what some pictures on social media might suggest. She had one "friend" she hanged out with a lot, Nazarova, they were out partying a lot together and lived a really "glamourous" life, but Nazarova left for Maccabi and they are not friends anymore. Regarding the trophy and reputation aspects, I do not think she cares about such things, for me she seems indifferent to most things in life and the notion she does not even care, like Gamova, Sokolova and Kosheleva before her, to take the trip abroad when the domestic league descends level-wise in relation to other leagues reflects this.

    I think I wrote this when new season started. When everyone was WOW with Isabella Haak, and I said We need to wait how She is gone play when other teams got to know her and I was right. She is great player and She will be amazing player (I hope so, I like her), but her performance is dropping. Now her attack is around 30% and I said if She keeps attacking with 50% She will be new Egonu, Boskovic but now that is not the case. Egonu is younger and She played with much weaker players and She was still powerhouse in the attack.


    But hey She is young and She can become one of the OPP in World.
    And no one can fight against fact that She is top scorer of Seria A, for now :)


    Egonu is not younger than Haak but in fact older. She is born in 1998. Haak is born in 1999.

    The most bizarre thing so far this season must be the fact Haak not only is the best blocker and the best server among all OH/OPPs in the league, but also is the only one among the top-30 scorers who has not been blocked one single time so far combined with only eight errors in four matches (Egonu has 23 errors for ex). Just compare with Egonu, they have both scored over 20 pts per game, but while Egonu has been either blocked down or made an error 31 times Haak has only eight to account for in the same aspects. Sanja Malagurski has been blocked down 24 times in comparision; Barun 14, Ortolani 11, Tomsia 11, van Hecke 10, Pavan 9, Egonu 8 etc. I do not know how many players there are capable of producing these kind of numbers and effictivity like 20 pts+ per game with 45% attempts-points ratio while still being able to cut down the mistakes to such an extent.


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