Posts by Realista

    Yes, Nishida got his calf injured in a game against Civitanova after he landed awkwardly on court after his attack motion. I don't think it is that serious (although it is rumored that Vibo Valentia, alongside Kuzbass, wants to acquire Stern from Piacenza, where Lagumdzija is, theoretically, a starting opposite), but these injuries in general are really troublesome. On another forum I once read a wise comment, that was a quote from some Russian coach (? I don't remember correctly), that those smaller, but jumpy players who base their style of play on vertical jump, jump high, but not for long. In other words, when you play on OPP position with such a big load as opposites regularly get in terms of number of spikes, it is really hard to maintain your physical shape on top level for a long time. We see that clearly on examples of Poletaev, who is injured for 50% of time, or Wlazły, who barely played for two seasons for NT since he was 25. And I'm really afraid that it may be a case with Nishida as well, who is even bigger outlier than Poletaev or Wlazły regarding his dependence on his vertical jump, and his body being even more sensitive and exposed to any physical stress. He's deadly fun to watch, so I hope he'll be fine, but it will be reaaaaallly demanding for Nishida not to get overuse in both club and NT in a near future.

    Good move for him, although Bottolo is a leader of Padova and one OH spot is probably reserved for him, both Loeppky and Petrov are very inconsistent, and Padova as a team struggles in reception (Bottolo is their best receiver, and he's definitely not a great receiver, lol), so he may find some playing time very early despite his young age.


    On the other hand, Nishida's injury is more serious than it was anticipated earlier and it is possible he'll stay away from playing for a month.

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    Pasini says Fenerbahce casually offers Egonu a million-value contract, bigger than Vakif. Who knows what will happen, but the Fedorovtsev-Egonu duo would be a serious cheat mode, imagine Fener this year with Egonu in place of Lazareva. :gone: It was really smart to give contracts to these young players, esp Arina, so Fener as a club may be much more interesting choice for the next season than they were a year ago.

    Yeah, and it seems that this contract was terminated by mutual agreement, so these health issues are probably more serious, you're leaving your club on those conditions either because you're done playing or you want to go play somewhere else, but I don't think you can find a decent club in December.


    But I wonder if this allegation is any legit that his agent covered those problems, I remember Alan playing really well in VNL as a sub (as I see, 56% of spike efficiency if those games), and he played one-two amazing games at the beginning of the season.


    Nevertheless, this is not a good beginning of the season for Brazilians playing abroad.

    Damn, this is disastrous season for Vibo Valentia as for now: I thought they may be a dark horse of the competition, but in fact they're 11th in a table, Nishida got injured against Civitanova, Mauricio Borges is awful, Douglas is very mediocre, Flavio is playing fine, but doesn't get enough balls from Saitta. if Baldovin doesn't get fired already, it is only related to the absence of Nishida.


    On the other hand, Mozic is one of the best players of Superliga already as 19yo kid, wow.

    It's interesting that both Davyskibas (Hanna and her husband) have very similar characteristic as players, they're both equally talented and obviously share nationality, name and club as well. :)


    Monza has some serious depth among spikers, it is quite impressive how good they play considering that Gennari-Mihajlovic duo was considered as a starting one before this season. But both Van Hecke and Stysiak are weak today, Orro wasn't too helpful, but it's inexplicable.

    IMO Bruno was way better.

    Yeah, I remember Bruno having a fantastic season in Modena in 2011 when he joined them for the playoffs after Mikko Esko got injured. And it is tricky, because Bruno made a big progress in 2012 in NT when Ricardinho returned to the NT, he was by far the best setter in London OG. Cachopa will be 26 in two months. :)


    I like Cachopa though, but I don't think staying in Brazil for too long is good for development considering a level of the league currently. But he's still very young for a male setter, and sooner or later he'll get his chances as a starter in NT, it's not like he has any competition.

    who is going to tell them Egonu is not an Olympics MVP :lol::lol:

    worldofvolley is a mess :lol:

    I think this is also eguno's last season with conegliano. Vakifbank or fenerbache might be her next team? Haak to conegliano?

    Theoretically, yeah, Vakifbank would've been at least on par with Conegliano '21 with Egonu, and IMHO with better core of OHs, with less demanding league to play in, and probably with higher salary, so there's lot of reasons to make that move considering she's already won everything with Imoco, but Wołosz said recently in the interview that she's never witnessed in any club atmosphere like in Conegliano, so there are less obvious circumstances that may matter.


    But I guess these rumors are pointless at this point of the season, it is quite obvious that any team would've been interested in Egonu. :lol:

    I completely agree. They really need to increase that to 4 foreigners on court allowed at the same time. That created an advantage to Italian teams and as we see, it didnt influence the development of their NT either, actually had a reverse effect where they do better recently.


    Mathematically it also makes sense. Yes, Turkish NT is one of the top 5 in the world and have 12-14 valuable players but if you distribute 4 players in each team (3 are needed on court), only 3-4 teams can have solid local players, rest have to fill in their squads with whoever they find. In a league of 14 teams, if you want better competition, you should definitely change the foreign player limit. Other option is to reduce number of teams to 12 or 10.

    Yeah, I think there is no correlation between a limit of foreigners and a level of development of local players, in fact, considering Tokyo results, there is no correlation between league strength and a level of NT neither. But because it cannot be empirically proven -- every situation is different -- anytime one country is dissatisfied with their level of NT (and I guess Turkey wants to develop further than regular ECH medals), there is a temptation to raise those limits in order to give more playing time to local players. But as you already mentioned, does it make such difference if there is 42 starting spots for local players rather than 56? I don't think so. In Italy, referring to the male league, there are regular discussions that the limits should be more strict, but I don't think that's a reason why there's no (or there wasn't, because recently it's changed) a group of up-and-coming young talents.


    Italy has deeper pool of local players with few stars better, so as long as they are able to hire competitive foreigners to Turkish clubs, with more liberal limits, they'll have a strong handicap for no benefits from Turkish site, IMHO.

    The record is really cool but Imoco doesn't look that dangerous anymore.. A lot of close calls recently, the magic is fading away...

    Even last year, they looked worse since February or so (in comparison to earlier part of the season), there was lot of close games in both Coppa Italia, playoffs of Serie A and Champions League, where many times basically only Egonu scoring effortlessly 30, 35, even 40 points on insane efficiency was pushing Conegliano through. They went from all-round team to Egonuliano due to shape of their OHs.


    This season they have more injury issues with absence of Fahr, De Gennaro and Sylla, and Egonu is clearly in her solid-not-great shape, so they're even more touchable. But kudos to every other team for not exploiting that, I guess. :down:

    All propaganda and narrative aside, the most impressive thing about this co-record is how many close games Conegliano has won throughout this streak since the late part of last season, like, I thought by myself probably ten times or so that this is a moment when they're gonna drop it, and yet no matter of a lineup they've been able to figure it out and win. Especially the consistency of Egonu is something unparalleled, even when she starts slowly the way she did today, she's still able to raise her level up.


    The other thing is that it is unhealthy to push Egonu to play with such usage in irrelevant regular season games, so the sooner they break this record, probably the better for Egonu, with no pressure to win EVERY game from regular season. She definitely needs some rest and better load management.

    I don't know if this was mentioned already, so sorry for repeating if that's a case, but Pasini wrote that Antropova will be considered as a Russian.


    Egonu with an off-day, it's getting interesting.

    The best part of Imoco beating this Vakif's record will be that we won't read about beating Vakif's record anymore, lol.


    Good game tho, Chieri could've suprised any other team with today's performance right now.

    - Courtney is playing amazing and is replacing Hill exceletly! She is the stable factor in defense and reception, but contributing above expectations in attack :super:

    I don't agree to be honest as for now, she's suprisingly good offensively and suprisingly streaky in reception, and all that while she doesn't get any special cover of Plummer in reception. But I guess it's temporary and she'll figure it out.


    And I don't agree about Plummer to some degree as well, she received 93 balls past two games, she needs some help there if you want her to shine offensively more. But I guess that Santarelli does it for purpose to prepare Plummer to some serious tasks for a future.


    I do agree, haha, about Egonu though, but I think, despite the MVP, she wasn't in her best shape during ECH as well, she's still pretty great, but quite far away from her top-top shape from last season.