To think I had my doubts with Mousavi coming late in the season but his debut performance was spectacular.
I thought young italian middle blockers like Polo, Russo and the others are becoming great but I guess overestimated them if Mousavi's first game without much practice or chemistry is already at the level you want to see in Superlega.
It's just unfortunate Grozer got injured when the team is on the process of finding their own identity.
I'm not certain if he sprained his own ankle or he accidentally step on Russell's foot while they were stepping backwards together. Regardless, it looked pretty serious from the expression on his face so I expect he'll probably sit out atleast for a week or more considering his advanced age as a player.
Botto replaced Grozer as opposite during the third set but they actually played better without him. The german still played like a top opposite but Botto held his own while Russell attacked as the backrow D ball hitter.
Botto had done some smart and desperate shots that turned into kills both as OH and OP so the loss of Grozer is relatively minor for this game but the real effect could be felt for the next games against the big teams where they might need a real opposite to score kills or serve aces.
Antonov is pretty okay as an opp but if Russell play bad then no one's gonna come off the bench for him.
Who is the "official" backup opposite of the team? Is it James Shaw?