Posts by LDvolley

    I know that but those points matter, like, to finish above Australia or Finland in the final ranking. Now, we will finish even below those teams and our world ranking will fall apart.

    brahmin, I didn't understand. Is it just a specific, or a correction?

    If France will beat Canada 3-0 or 3-1, they'll be ahed of them.

    Ps anyway I didn't do the math, just copied it from with a bit of correction on Serbia/Russia (I actually forgot the correction in pool H) and Belgio/Slovenia: I considered these two couple of teams like 'having even chance of being 2nd/3rd', while them said Slovenia and Russia are more chance to be 2nd than respectively Belgio and Serbia.

    He said "tied in points and wins", if France wins 3-0 or 3-1 they will be tied in wins but not in points: Canada will have 9 and France 11. He's talking about the case in which France wins 3-2, they will be tied in both but Canada will still have better set ratio.

    Maybe De Cecco is changing citizenship like Orduña?

    Orduna did that because he hasn't been good enough to play for Argentina, so he uses his italian citizenship to get signed easier by italian clubs.

    If De Cecco changes something, then it means he's planning to not play international volleyball anymore (also, he's already 30). I see him retiring soon, but I would like to think he wants to try one more olympics.

    Useless win for Argentina as they needed 3-0 or 3-1 to avoid 4th place and a "death group" with POL, RUS and maybe FRA in next round.

    MVP was Poglajen, maybe he was motivated to play the country of his ancestors? who knows.

    Conte and De Cecco are now bench warmers somehow, that sad part is that it's deserved...

    Agree on the 4th set of Gonzales but he's still been pretty much average so far. It could have been much better to have Lima as a sole opp. Palacios can still ensure a high ball solution(he's also younger) and Bruno is a leader to me in his club. I think there's still more use to them than Gonzales in the long term.

    Thing is Lima has his up and downs too, he's not that stable. Today he had fantastic 1st set but then couldn't kill almost anything in the next two sets.

    Also, it doesn't help us that Facu Conte wasted two years of his career in China and he is in bad shape now. If he was at his best I would simply play him as Opp and Poglajen + Lopez or Zanotti as OH.

    Unfortunately, WCh is essentially over for our team now. They had the objective (or the hope) to reach final six and finally do something significant, but it's already imposible after 3 games. They will probably now play unmotivated and lose to Slovenia as well.

    Preparation wasn't great so this isn't exactly unexpected to me (Conte and Solé with injury problems, De Cecco out of shape and with personal problems, coach already announcing departure before the competition), but it's depressing that the eternal circle of disappointment continues for our NT.

    Why did Velasco left Palacios and Bruno though? Seems like those player could be more helpful than the opposite Gonzales.

    Palacios had poor WL and Bruno is old and too short to be useful anymore, I fear. Anyway, both are OH, Gonzalez is Opp (and funny you say that, he had extraordinaty 4th set just now lol).

    Well, too bad, we really deserved at least a point from this match.

    Again, the 2nd set was won for Italy because of an insane serve turn from Mazzone, now the 4th is being won by a single turn from Zaytsev.

    Italy is completely dependant on their serve, any team that receives better than what Argentina did today can easily beat them I'm afraid.

    Has anyone noticed the 'favorable' accomodation of schedule that Italy and Bulgaria have? they always have at least an extra day of rest compared to their group opponents. All their opponents must also play another match the day before they play Italy/Bulgaria.

    The only exceptions are Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, but obviously Italy/Bulgaria didn't care about them because they are the weakest teams.

    Pathetic performance of Argentina. No urgency to defend anything, poor reception against light belgian serving, all players except Conte and Loser missing everything in attack and above all ridiculously bad setting of De Cecco (benched for the 3rd set).

    The worst match of this team under Velasco by far.

    I hope some punches are thrown in the changing room, because like this we lose even to Dominican Rep.

    Final squad of Argentina:

    OP - José Luis Gonzalez, Bruno Lima

    S - Maximiliano Cavanna, Luciano De Cecco

    MB - Pablo Crer, Agustín Loser, Martín Ramos, Sebastián Solé

    OH - Facundo Conte, Tomás López, Cristian Poglajen, Lisandro Zanotti

    L - Alexis González, Ignacio Fernández

    I know this match isn't exactly the definitive proof of anything because both teams weren't with their best players and the game didn't decide anything, but it's another symptom of a recent trend: every year, little by little, the difference between Argentina and Brazil in volleyball is narrowing. First it was a couple of wins at youth/junior level in men's volleyball, then some argentinian clubs winning south american championship, then a few unprecedented youth/junior wins for Argentina in women's volleyball, now some consecutive argentinian victories in world league.

    I do not know however whether this is good work from FEVA or just a brazilian decline.

    I guess Tillie wants to give his bench as much playing time as possible...
    The starters were only there to put on a brief show for the audience I assume?

    Well, if they lose the audience is gonna be pissed lol. I don't get what' s the point in doing this, if you already won 2 sets with ngapeth and toniutti just let them close the match.