Posts by TheUSAFAN

    I really cant understand FIVB's stats.How does it works?Its really unfair.Gülden Kayalar has %74.XX recieve suc.(1st has %68 )she must be first in best recievers list but she is N/A also Eda Erdem has %57.XX spike suc.(1st is %54.XX) Some players have lower attempt but they are in list :thumbdown: .I think FIVB dont want to give all awards to Turkish players coz Neslihan is leading already best Scorer and server :lol:

    I believe for both the reception and spike efficiency statistics a player needs to have a certain percentage of the overall attempts taken for that particular skill in order to be considered. I'm not 100% sure but I believe for spike suc. you need to take at least 15% of the teams overall attempts. Not sure what the percentage of reception success is.

    Larson is already a solid server, passer and blocker but if she wants to get anywhere near Logan Tom's level she is going to have to pick up her attacking game BIG TIME. Tom is one of the most prolific scoring hitters in the world and consistently puts up big offensive numbers even when teams are keying in on her on the block and defensively. Tom also is a stellar attacker out of the backrow. Larson's attacking ability is no where near Tom's at this point and if the ball is set out of system or she is facing a big block she generally keeps it in play or is very conservative. I hope that she continues to develop in Russia because once Tom leaves the program there is going to be a gaping hole in the OH position. I am also very interested to see how Hooker is used in the Italian league following the WCH because she'll be on the same team as Flier, who will for sure play as opposite, and Hooker will be on the OH. If she can develop a consistent passing game, who knows, maybe she'll see more left-side action for Team USA.

    In terms of Italy's younger players, I haven't really been impressed with anyone besides Arrighetti. Rondon isn't very technically there yet to be able to run a high-level offense, Bosetti and Barcelinni don't have the shot making ability or pure athleticism to be top-notch OH's, and Crisanti is mediocre at best. Their best bet is to go with veterans at this point because if they fielded their youth, they'd be going through what Cuba is going through right now. I still wish Centoni and Anzanello would come back and have Ortolani move to the left-side.

    Turkey vs. DR was a very exciting match. The Dominicans couldn't pass a ball to save their lives in the first two sets but were able to keep things close enough to sneak up on Turkey at the end of the 3rd and take the set. I think Turkey was expecting to win 3-0 and they were a little shocked by the set loss and the momentum swung in the favor of DR. The DR service reception was better in the 4th and 5th sets and they were able to run their offense better. DR really misses having Mambru and they couldn't really get anything consistent going out of the backrow or on the right side. Bethania De La Cruz is not back to 100% after having a child, but I think she needs to be the second OH on the floor. Turkey is of course very good with Darnel and the middle blockers are pretty good offensively, but the outside hitters tend to struggle and I think they are in for another very close match against Korea. Korea is not only a good defensive team but they have some offense to go along with that now and are very dangerous. Korea played well against China more than China playing poorly.

    Cuba's passing is HORRIBLE but it is still so fun to watch Palacio and Carcaces, two of the best athletes in the game.

    USA looked very good and their blocking completely took out the German OH's and Kozuch.

    What is the official report on Picci's absence? Barcelinni did a good job, but I don't think she is good enough for Italy to legitimately be a contender for the title. She's not consistent enough and against a better blocking team she doesn't put the ball down. Bosetti is too small to be effective against bigger teams as well. I'm so glad that Arrighetti is getting the chance to play and doing well. I think following this tournament she will be a mainstay on the Italian NT.

    It must be so frustrating for players like Flier and Darnel who are so spectacularly gifted and unfortunately are surrounded by teammates who just aren't on their level. It baffles me how the Netherlands can't find at least ONE other pin hitter to complement Flier. Grotheus played well, but she's very inconsistent at this point and is prone to making a lot of errors. I also don't think as a lefty she is well-suited for the 4 position. You have to be pretty amazing athletically to be consistent and create angles, but I don't think she is tall or athletic enough to consistently be a threat. C. Staelens is such an enigma to me because she has matches where her movement doesn't appear to be an issue at all and she gets a lot of kills and then in other matches she looks like a wounded giraffe who tips every ball. I find the Netherlands team to be very likable and would like to see them do well.

    Brazil still can't make up their mind over who they want their setter to be. I don't think you can switch setters so much in a big tournament and be able to develop the consistency necessary to win. They're already playing without Mari and Paula and they can't afford another setback with setting issues. I personally prefer Fabiola and she ended the last two sets against CZE so hopefully she'll start in the next match.

    Russia looks VERY good up to this point. They get lazy on serve reception and lose focus mentally, but Kosheleva, Solokova and Gamova are such a threat from everywhere on the court that when they are focused they can be pretty dominant. I also really like Perepelkina's game. She's small for a Russian MB at just 187cm but she is very quick and gives Russia a different look in the middle than they've had in previous years.

    USA looks very strong as well with Hooker flying high. Fans in Italy are really going to have a fun time watching her in the pro league this year. They took care of Croatia pretty easily and their blocking continues to be amongst the best in the world.

    Pool A
    29-Oct Peru - Algeria 3:1
    29-Oct Serbia - Costa Rica 3:0
    29-Oct Poland - Japan 3:1
    30-Oct Costa Rica - Algeria 3:1
    30-Oct Serbia - Poland 2:3
    30-Oct Japan - Peru 3:1
    31-Oct Peru - Serbia 0:3
    31-Oct Poland - Costa Rica 3:0
    31-Oct Algeria - Japan 0:3
    02-Nov Serbia - Algeria 3:0
    02-Nov Poland - Peru 3:0
    02-Nov Costa Rica - Japan 0:3
    03-Nov Peru - Costa Rica 3:2
    03-Nov Algeria - Poland 0:3
    03-Nov Japan - Serbia 1:3

    Pool B
    29-Oct Brazil - Kenya 3:0
    29-Oct Czech Rep. - Netherlands 1:3
    29-Oct Puerto Rico - Italy 0:3
    30-Oct Czech Rep. - Brazil 0:3
    30-Oct Kenya - Puerto Rico 0:3
    30-Oct Netherlands - Italy 2:3
    31-Oct Purto Rico - Czech Rep. 3:2
    31-Oct Italy - Kenya 3:0
    31-Oct Brazil - Netherlands 3:1
    02-Nov Brazil - Puerto Rico 3:0
    02-Nov Netherlands - Kenya 3:0
    02-Nov Czech Rep. - Italy 0:3
    03-Nov Puerto Rico - Netherlands 0:3
    03-Nov Kenya - Czech Rep. 0:3
    03-Nov Italy - Brazil 1:3

    Pool C
    29-Oct Germany - Kazakhstan 3:0
    29-Oct USA - Thailand 3:0
    29-Oct Croatia - Cuba 2:3
    30-Oct USA - Croatia 3:1
    30-Oct Thailand - Kazakhstan 3:0
    30-Oct Cuba - Germany 2:3
    31-Oct Kazakhstan - Cuba 0:3
    31-Oct Croatia - Thailand 3:1
    31-Oct Germany - USA 1:3
    02-Nov Croatia - Germany 1:3
    02-Nov Thailand - Cuba 1:3
    02-Nov USA - Kazakhstan 3:0
    03-Nov Kazakhstan - Croatia 0:3
    03-Nov Germany - Thailand 3:0
    03-Nov Cuba - USA 0:3

    Pool D
    29-Oct Russia - Dominican Rep. 3:1
    29-Oct Canada - Korea 0:3
    29-Oct Turkey - China 1:3
    30-Oct Russia - Turkey 3:1
    30-Oct Dominican Rep. - Korea 3:0
    30-Oct China - Canada 3:0
    31-Oct Turkey - Dominican Rep. 1:3
    31-Oct Canada - Russia 0:3
    31-Oct Korea - China 0:3
    02-Nov Turkey - Canada 3:0
    02-Nov Russia - Korea 3:0
    02-Nov Dominican Rep. - China 2:3
    03-Nov Canada - Dominican Rep. 0:3
    03-Nov Korea - Turkey 2:3
    03-Nov China - Russia 0:3

    The Americans finally released their official roster....No big surprises.

    .S. Women’s National Team Roster for FIVB World Championship
    # - Name (Pos, Ht, Hometown, College)
    1 - Ogonna Nnamani (OPP, 6-1, Bloomington, Ill., Stanford)
    2 - Alisha Glass (S, 6-0, Leland, Mich., Penn State)
    4 - Lindsey Berg (S, 5-8, Honolulu, Hawaii, Minnesota)
    5 - Stacy Sykora (L, 5-10, Burleson, Texas, Texas A&M)
    6 - Nicole Davis (L, 5-4, Stockton, Calif., Southern California)
    7 - Heather Bown (MB, 6-3, Yorba Linda, Calif., Hawaii)
    8 - Cynthia Barboza (OH, 6-0, Long Beach, Calif., Stanford)
    9 - Jennifer Tamas (MB, 6-4, Milpitas, Calif., Pacific)
    11 - Jordan Larson (OH, 6-2, Hooper, Neb., Nebraska)
    12 - Nancy Metcalf (OPP, 6-1, Hull, Iowa, Nebraska)
    15 - Logan Tom (OH, 6-1, Salt Lake City, Utah, Stanford)
    16 - Foluke Akinradewo (MB, 6-3, Plantation, Fla., Stanford)
    18 - Megan Hodge (OH, 6-3, Durham, N.C., Penn State)
    19 - Destinee Hooker (OPP, 6-4, San Antonio, Texas, Texas)

    I think this tournament was an important lesson in public relations for the Brazilians and just how quick fans can turn on you. Their undignified thrown match was compounded in ugliness by the ease of which they beat the Cuban squad in the finals and left people wondering "what were they so afraid of"? Coming into this tournament, I would say that the Brazilian squads are generally fan favorites of spectators of other nations. Judging from their reception in the final, I'm not so sure.
    I have to admire their accomplishments and congratulate them on their 3rd consecutive WCH. I also thought that the real ex-factor for the Brazilians was the dramatically improved play of Vissotto. He looked physically more dynamic and more engaged in the semis and final than he has since he went down in the World League. I have to admit as well that I find Murilo very annoying and he has become the Brazilian version of Valerio Vermiglio, constantly provoking and complaining. When he went down off for a minute after having rolled his ankle he made some sort of gesture, which I'm sure was accompanied by something verbal, to the Cuban player as if it were his fault when the replay clearly showed Murilo had been the one under the net. Mario and Bruninho frequently demonstrate the same behavior. I find it highly hypocritical considering how much the Brazilian press and fans used to harp on the Cuban women's teams of the 90's that did the same thing and had similar success as this Brazilian squad.
    The Cubans played in stereotypical Cuban fashion, either completely hot or completely cold, and unfortunately they came out completely cold. The Cuban MB's were so successful against Serbia and so involved in the match and they were completely taken out of the equation attacking and blocking wise against the Brazilians. The Cubans had also been serving and passing extremely consistently prior to the final and they couldn't keep that going. I definitely think the Serbians are more technically sound than the Cubans and would have put up a much better fight. I don't know what it is about those Serbs, but I like em.

    I think people are putting a lot of hopes on Costagrande's back. Yes, she is quite a player, but I'm not sure she can lead Italy to the title. Italy will have to improve A LOT from their GP performance in order to knock off Brazil or USA. Who takes the bench, Picci or Del Core? Del Core seems to be the more steady offensive producer whereas I think Picci is maybe the best passing/defensive OH in the game.

    Italy desperately needs to develop some new OH's. Bosetti is too small to be consistently good at this level and what I've seen from Barcellini didn't impress me either. Picci and Del Core didn't look in top physical form in the WP and against teams like the US and Brazil, both of which are extremely talented physically, Italy has to come into every tournament in their top form. Their last matches against Brazil and the US, Italy was completely dominated at the net.

    Fofao hasn't confirmed that she'll be back with the NT. Ze Roberto will be coaching her club team in Turkey this season and there are rumors circulating that he wants her back on the team. However, I doubt we'll see her back in action. Her time is done, she closed it out at the pinnacle of the game and Brazil desperately needs to develop new setters for the future. It wouldn't make any sense to have Fofao start in the WCH and not have her available in 2012 for the Olympics.

    Italy-Japan was an amazing match! Japan is simply outstanding they digged Gioli so bad :lol: the best match of WGP 2010 without a doubt!! too bad Japan lost 1-3 :white: but they showed great game both Italy and Japan :super:

    Poland won 3-0 . we quite struggle in 1st and 2nd sets but we totally dominated in 3rd set. Skowronska played very well finally she diidn't start this match in starting six but she played in 3rd set and she was on fire very strong attacks :heart:

    Anyone know of a link that has the Japan-Italy match??

    Ortolani is still so young and she is a bonafide star. I look forward to her leading the team in years to come. I'd like to see the Italian team really improve their blocking. Brazil, Cuba, Russia and the USA are so big at the net and scoring a lot of points with their block. I'd like to see the Italians be in that group's company blocking wise.

    Do the Italians have the younger talent to remain amongst the top teams in the world? I haven't seen much information regarding the Italian Youth and Junior National teams, where as the other major NT's like Brazil or the USA for example all have pretty structured programs. Do the Italians have something similar or do they just rely on the youth coming through the Italian Professional League? I still think Picci is one of the best passing/defending OH's in the game. She's like a second libero back there. I'm going to miss Lo Bianco most of all though.

    It's 2010, if a player was peaking in the EARLY 2000's then I think it's time they be replaced. Barraza just isn't an offensive threat and is pretty much ignored by opposing blockers.

    I've always wondered why Italy hasn't been able to find a better second MB. Gioli is so quick and one of the best MB's in the world while Barazza and even Guiggi just seemed like they could never really be up there with the top MB's in the game. I always thought Anzanello would've been a bigger player for the Italian NT and she's still young enough to play in one more Olympics if given the chance. Who are the top up and coming Italian MB's? Is Arighetti good enough?