Posts by TheUSAFAN

    I would not be surprised if Sheilla retires after the OG not only from the NT team, but from volleyball in general, or at least take a break to have a child.

    I would not be worried about Brazil, after 2004 and with that dramatic loss for Russia, lot of the Brazil`s legends retired from the NT like Virna, Erika,Elisangela,Venturini,Arlene, Fofoao( she came back later)..and nobody knew what was gonna happen with the Brazilian team...but then Brazil built their best generation ever and started by taking the Grand Champions Cup 2005 over the Olympic Champions China...

    The difference is that in the Brazilian SuperLiga all the young new talent are actually playing the game....while in Turkey,Italy and some others the young talents are sitting on the bench and not playing the game....

    I wouldn't be worried about Brazil but they will definitely lose more when this generation leaves than they did in 2004. This generation is much better than Erika, Elisangela, Leila, etc. There will always be talent in Brazil because of the importance of the sport in the country and the structure the game has but with the exception of Gabi, there are relatively few younger players that are either extremely physical or extremely skilled which allow them to play at the highest level. I anticipate they'll go from top 3 in the world to top 5, which is not a huge difference but a difference nonetheless. Natalia, Gabi, Dani Lins, Fernand Garay and Tandara (who still needs to demonstrate she can get back to her prior form) will all be around and is a good base to start.

    The Rio 2016 roster looks exactly like I anticipate. While Ze certainly wanted to get Roberta the reps she needs to be able to play in the next cycle, the experience level of Fabiola vs. Roberta is undeniable. Tandara wasn't nearly in good enough shape to make the Olympics and before the medal rounds, I think we'll see Natalia play OPP against some of the weaker teams. While they won't get much time, Adenizia and Juciely have been with the program for sometime and are great players in their own right. The most unfortunate cut was Camila Brait but Leia was playing out of her mind during the WGP and it was a touch choice.

    While I am rooting for the USA to take the gold, I live in Brazil and it would be an amazing feat if Brazil were able to take home the gold in Rio. If the USA can't take it, I hope Brazil does.

    Hello All!

    I have a job that gives me very little time to visit the site and therefore I haven't been able to update the list of player transfers. If anyone would be interested in helping me complete that thread for the upcoming season, please send me a private message. Your help is greatly appreciated!

    Technically, the USA and Brazil are better than China and Serbia. They're able to execute all of the skills required with lower error percentages and more efficiently. Does that mean Serbia and China are bad teams? No. Does that mean that they cannot beat the USA and China? No. Does that mean they can't upset Brazil and the USA? No. I saw China's A team and Serbia play multiple times. China serves a very big threat and are medal contenders but they'r more prone to technical error. Serbia cannot pass or defend nearly at the level Brazil and USA can. When they can pass and get their offense going, they're good but that's when.

    The quality of the match was at a very high level. There were moments of errors, but technically speaking, Brazil and the USA are far ahead of the rest of the world in terms of all around play. Brazil's defense was stellar and they were able to turn around their amazing defensive plays into efficient counter attacks, specifically with their amazing middles. She doesn't get nearly the credit she deserves, but Dani Lin's ability to set the middles in all types of situations, was commendable. The points that Brazil gave up in the sets they lost were pretty much when Roberta came in and didn't have the same type of touch that Dani Lins had. It was good to see Sheilla have a good performance and confidence in her game. Sheilla is key to Brazil's hopes of winning gold in Rio, IMO. Fabi and Thaisa are always good and between Natalia, Fe Garay and Jaqueline, Brazil will always get the point production they need out of the OH position.

    Congrats to Brazil as they were superior tactically and in execution.

    With the USA side, the statistics demonstrate the problem pretty accurately. 9 points from Murphy/Lowe in a 5 set match is fewer than 2 points/set from the opposite position, which will not win you a gold medal at this level. Murphy was pretty much absent from the entire match. It wasn't necessarily either that she was playing poorly, she was just not at the same level as someone like Sheilla.

    Larson didn't score effectively and while Hill had double digit points, she had double the attempts than the rest of the team. The US defense was strong at times but they're not able to convert their defensive efforts into counterattacks nearly as efficiently as Brazil. Unfortunately for the Americans, anything beyond winning gold is typically not considered a success in our sports culture but their level of play was consistently great. It's these final matches where the USA has not demonstrated their ability to win the gold that is frustrating because there always seems to be a tiny piece missing from the puzzle.


    -Naoko Hashimoto (S) = Hitachi Rivale (JPN) ---> Rote Raben Vilsbiburg (GER)

    -Zhu Ting (OPP) = Henan (CHN) ---> Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR)


    -Nootsara Tomkom (S) = Azerrail Baku (AZE) ---> Fenerbahçe Grundig Istanbul (TUR)
    -Wanna Buakaew (L) = Azerrail Baku (AZE)---> Allianz MTV Stuttgart (GER)


    -Rachel Rourke (AUS) (OPP) = Sichuan (CHN) ---> Sichuan (CHN)

    -Sokhna Guèye (SEN) (MB) = CV Aguere (ESP) ---> Extremadura Arroyo (ESP)
    -Maguette Mbow (SEN) (MB) = Extremadura Arroyo (ESP) ---> Extremadura Arroyo (ESP)
    -Mame Diouf (SEN) (MB) = CV Aguere (ESP) ---> Haro Rioja Voley (ESP)

    -Miroslava Kijaková (OH) = AO Thiras (GRE) ---> Delta Informatica Trentino (ITA) (A2)
    -Simona Kosová (MB) = Ladies in Black Aachen (GER) ---> VC Wiesbaden (GER)

    -María Segura (OH) = Delta Informatica Trentino (ITA) (A2) ---> Saugella Team Monza (ITA)

    -Anthi Vasilantonaki (OH) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) ---> Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA)
    -Eleni Kiosi (OPP) = Lardini Filottrano (ITA) (A2) ---> myCicero Pesaro (ITA) (A2)
    -Maria Nomikou (OH) = Panathinaikos AO (GRE) ---> Delta Informatica Trentino (ITA) (A2)

    -Natalya Mammadova (OH) = Volero Zürich (SUI)% --->Volero Zürich (SUI)#
    -Polina Rahimova (OH/OPP) = Toyota Auto Body Queenseis (JPN) ---> Toyota Auto Body Queenseis (JPN)

    -Kristina Mikhailenko (OPP) = Dresdner SC (GER) ---> Idmanocağı Trabzon (TUR)
    -Anna Kalinovskaya-Güngör (MB) = VK Minsk (BLR) ---> Ladies in Black Aachen (GER)
    -Nadzeya Malasai (OH) = Olimpiakos (GRE) ---> Olimpiakos (GRE)

    -Valérie Courtois (L) = Dresdner SC (GER) ---> Dresdner SC (GER)
    -Dominika Strumilo (OH) = Asterix Kieldrecht (BEL) ---> Dresdner SC (GER)
    -Els Vandesteene (OH) = Nantes VF (FRA) ---> Nantes VF (FRA)
    -Freya Aelbrecht (MB) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA) ---> Saugella Team Monza (ITA)
    -Hélène Rousseaux (OH/OPP) = Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA) ---> Beşiktaş Üniversitesi (TUR)

    -Lana Ščuka (OH) = Liu•Jo Modena (ITA) ---> Lardini Filottrano (ITA) (A2)

    -Sanja Popović (OPP) = Leningradka Saint Petersburg (RUS) ---> Neruda Volley Bolzano (ITA)
    -Tamara Sušić (MB) = CSM Bucureşti (ROU) ---> Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA)
    -Katarina Barun (OPP) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Hana Čutura (OH/OPP) = Lokomotiv Baku (AZE) ---> VB Nantes (FRA)

    -Helena Havelková (OH) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> Dong-hao-lan-sheng Shanghai (CHN)
    -Aneta Havlíčková (OPP) = Lokomotiv Baku (AZE) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Tereza Vanžurová (OH/OPP) = Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) ---> Lardini Filottrano (ITA) (A2)
    -Ivona Svobodníková (MB) = Ladies in Black Aachen (GER) ---> SC Potsdam (GER)
    -Karolína Bednářová (OH) = retired ---> VC Wiesbaden (GER)
    -Barbora Purchartová (MB) = NawaRo Straubing (GER) ---> Dresdner SC (GER)
    -Lucie Smutná (S) = Halkbank Ankara (TUR) ---> Dresdner SC (GER)
    -Eva Hodanová (OH) = PVK Olymp Praha (CZE) ---> Dresdner SC (GER)^
    -Michaela Mlejnková (OH) = Allianz MTV Stuttgart (GER) ---> Allianz MTV Stuttgart (GER)

    -Lonneke Sloetjes (OH/OPP) = Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR) ---> Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR)^
    -Anne Buijs (OH) = Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR) ---> Rexona-Ades Rio de Janeiro (BRA)
    -Robin de Kruijf (MB) = Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Floortje Meijners (OH) = Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Judith Pietersen (OPP) = Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Laura Dijkema (S) = Dresdner SC (GER) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Celeste Plak (OH) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Maret Grothues Balkestein (OH) = Atom Trefl Sopot (POL) ---> Neruda Volley Bolzano (ITA)
    -Tess von Piekartz (S) = Rote Raben Vilsbiburg (GER) ---> Sm'Aesch Pfeffingen (SUI)
    -Kirsten Knip (L) = Rote Raben Vilsbiburg (GER) ---> Ladies in Black Aachen (GER)
    -Nicole Oude Luttikhuis (OH) = Eurosped TVT Almelo (NED) ---> Rote Raben Vilsbiburg (GER)
    -Marlies Wagendorp (MB) = Sliedrecht Sport (NED) ---> Rote Raben Vilsbiburg (GER)
    -Britt Bongaerts (S) = Ladies in Black Aachen (GER) ---> USC Münster (GER)
    -Esther van Berkel (OH) = VC Wiesbaden (GER) ---> beach volleyball
    -Quirine Oosterveld (L/OH) = Rote Raben Vilsbiburg (GER) ---> beach volleyball

    -Heike Beier (OH) = Budowlani Łódź (POL) ---> Budowlani Łódź (POL)
    -Mareen Apitz (S) = Azeryol Baku (AZE) ---> Dresdner SC (GER)^
    -Jennifer Geerties (OH) = Schweriner SC (GER) ---> Schweriner SC (GER)^
    -Anja Brandt (MB) = Schweriner SC (GER) ---> Schweriner SC (GER)
    -Denise Hanke (S) = Schweriner SC (GER)^ ---> Schweriner SC (GER)
    -Saskia Hippe (OPP) = SC Potsdam (GER) ---> Olympiakos (GRE)
    -Jana Franziska Poll (OPP) = VT Aurubis Hamburg (GER) ---> Panathinaikos (GRE)
    -Anika Brinkmann (OH) = AO Thiras (GRE) ---> AO Thiras (GRE)

    -Milena Rašić (MB) = Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR) ---> Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR)
    -Maja Ognjenović (S) = Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (ITA) ---> Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR)
    -Tijana Bošković (OPP) = Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR)# ---> Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR)^
    -Brankica Mihajlović (OH/OPP) = Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR) ---> Tianjin Bohai Bank (CHN)
    -Tijana Malesević (OH) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Molico/Nestlè Osasco (BRA)
    -Ana Bjelica (OPP) = Salihli (TUR) ---> Molico/Nestlè Osasco (BRA)
    -Jelena Blagojević (OH) = Idmanocağı Trabzon (TUR) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)
    -Stefana Veljković (MB) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)^
    -Jovana Stevanović (MB) = Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA) ---> Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA)
    -Jovana Brakočević (OPP) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) ---> Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (ITA)
    -Mina Popović (MB) = Obiettivo Risarcimento Vicenza (ITA) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Bianka Buša (OH) = CSM Tîrgovişte (ROU) ---> Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (ITA)
    -Sanja Malagurski (OH/OPP) = Idmanocağı Trabzon (TUR) ---> Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (ITA)
    -Milica Bezarević (OH) = Saugella Team Monza (ITA) (A2) ---> Saugella Team Monza (ITA)
    -Ana Antonijević (S) = Voléro Zürich (SUI)% ---> Voléro Zürich (SUI)#
    -Bojana Živković (S) = Voléro Zürich (SUI) ---> Voléro Zürich (SUI)
    -Ljiljana Ranković (OH) = Partizan Vizura Beograd (SRB) ---> Le Cannet-Rocheville (FRA) (on loan from Voléro Zürich (SUI)#)
    -Ana Lazarević (OH) = Olimpiakos (GRE) ---> Olimpiakos (GRE)
    -Vesna Čitaković Đurisić (MB) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)---> retired

    -Kübra Akman (MB) = Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR) ---> Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR)
    -Naz Aydemir Akyol (S) = Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR) ---> Vakıfbank Istanbul (TUR)
    -Polen Uslupehlivan (OPP) = Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR) ---> Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR)

    -Eda Erdem Dündar (MB) = Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR)^ ---> Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR)
    -Dicle Nur Babat (MB) = Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR) ---> Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR)

    -Berenika Tomsia (OPP) = Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (ITA) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Katarzyna Skorupa (S) = Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Katarzyna Skowrońska-Dolata (OPP) = Impel Wrocław (POL) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Zuzana Efimienko (MB) = PGE Atom Trefl Sopot (POL) ---> Promoball Montichiari (ITA)
    -Katarzyna Gajgał-Anioł (MB) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)
    -Anna Werblińska (OH) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)
    -Agnieszka Bednarek-Kasza (MB) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)
    -Mariola Zenik (L) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)
    -Aleksandra Jagieło (OH) = KPS Chemik Police (POL) ---> KPS Chemik Police (POL)
    -Eleonora Dziękiewicz (MB) = Tauron Dąbrowa Górnicza (POL) ---> Tauron Dąbrowa Górnicza (POL)

    -Tatiana Kosheleva (OH) = Dinamo Krasnodar (RUS) ---> Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul (TUR)
    -Ekaterina Orlova (MB) = Voléro Zürich (SUI) ---> Voléro Zürich (SUI)
    -Irina Malkova (MB) = Dinamo Kazan (RUS) ---> Voléro Zürich (SUI)
    -Evgeniya Startseva (S) = Dinamo Kazan (RUS) ---> Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
    -Daria Isaeva (OPP) = Dinamo Kazan (RUS) ---> Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
    -Yulia Podskalnaya (MB) = Voléro Zürich (SUI) ---> Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
    -Irina Zaryazhko (MB) = Uralochka NTMK Ekaterinburg (RUS) ---> Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
    -Maria Perepelkina (MB) = Leningradka Saint Petersburg (RUS) ---> Dinamo Krasnodar (RUS)
    -Natalia Obmochaeva (OH/OPP) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS) ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Yulia Morozova (MB) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS) ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Yana Scherban (OH) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS)^ ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Anna Malova (L) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS) ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Irina Fetisova (MB) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS)^ ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Anastasia Bavykina (OH) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS)^ ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Ekaterina Lyubushkina (MB) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS)^ ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Ekaterina Kosianenko (S) = Dinamo Moscow (RUS) ---> Dinamo Moscow (RUS)
    -Maria Borodakova (MB) = Dinamo Kazan (RUS) ---> retired
    -Ekaterina Gamova-Mukasey (OPP) = Dinamo Kazan (RUS) ---> retired

    -Nadia Centoni (OPP) = Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul (TUR) ---> Galatasaray Daikin Istanbul (TUR)
    -Raphaela Folie (MB) = Liu•Jo Modena (ITA) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Serena Ortolani (OH/OPP) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Carolina Costagrande (OH) = Impel Wrocław (POL) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Jenny Barazza (MB) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Monica De Gennaro (L) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Ofelia Malinov (S) = Club Italia (ITA) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Anna Danesi (MB) = Club Italia (ITA) ---> Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)
    -Valentina Tirozzi (OH) = Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA) ---> Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA)
    -Imma Sirressi (L) = Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA) ---> Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA)
    -Lucia Bosetti (OH) = Fenerbahçe Istanbul (TUR) ---> Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA)
    -Francesca Piccinini (OH) = Pomì Casalmaggiore (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Cristina Chirichella (MB) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Stefania Sansonna (L) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Sara Bonifacio (MB) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA)
    -Francesca Marcon (OH) = Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (ITA) ---> Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (ITA)
    -Giulia Leonardi (L) = Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (ITA) ---> Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (ITA)
    -Caterina Bosetti (OH) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (ITA)
    -Francesca Ferretti (S) = Liu•Jo Modena (ITA) ---> Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena (ITA)
    -Alessia Gennari (OH) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Miriam Sylla (OH) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Eleonora Lo Bianco (S) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)^ ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Paola Paggi (MB) = Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Martina Guiggi (MB) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Laura Partenio (OH) = Obiettivo Risarcimento Vicenza (ITA) ---> Foppapedretti Bergamo (ITA)
    -Giulia Rondon (S) = Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Valentina Arrighetti (MB) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Lucia Crisanti (MB) = Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Chiara Di Iulio (OH) = Liu•Jo Modena (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Enrica Merlo (L) = Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Valentina Zago (OPP) = Saugella Team Monza (ITA) (A2) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Sara Loda (OH) = Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) ---> Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA)
    -Simona Gioli (MB) = Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (ITA) ---> Metalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (ITA)
    -Giulia Pisani (MB) = Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA) ---> Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA)
    -Valentina Diouf (OPP) = Liu•Jo Modena (ITA) ---> Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA)
    -Noemi Signorile (S) = Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) ---> Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA)
    -Federica Stufi (MB) = Savino Del Bene Scandicci (ITA) ---> Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio (ITA)
    -Paola Egonu (OH) = Club Italia (ITA) ---> Club Italia (ITA)
    -Alessia Orro (S) = Club Italia (ITA) ---> Club Italia (ITA)
    -Indre Sorokaite (OPP/OH) = Rebecchi Nordmeccanica Piacenza (ITA) ---> Il Bisonte San Casciano (ITA)
    -Raffaella Calloni (MB) = Il Bisonte San Casciano (ITA) ---> Il Bisonte San Casciano (ITA)
    -Valeria Rosso (OH) = inactivity ---> Il Bisonte San Casciano (ITA)
    -Luna Carocci (L) = RMetalleghe Sanitars Montichiari (ITA) ---> CSM Bucureşti (ROU)