RODSCANHOTO: I totally agree about Ilchenko's tallent. I just think that it may be still a bit too soon for her in the first NT. But, who knows, last year Fetisova was part of the NT in similar circumstances, just after her first year in the SL. So, I believe that Ilchenko is also a potential candidate.
MONY: the link to Pankov's interview: http://volleyball.sport-express.ru/reviews/53260/
BTW, Sokolova's decision let me wondering about Gamova. Will she be part of the NT this year, or will she follow Lyuba, and preserve herself to join the team only in the olympics?
I really like the way they play Ilchenko.
As Sokolova became a world-class player, this happened because from an early age she began to play as a starter in the first team of Russia. With 21 years it already owned and make of serve reception. And with its 25, 26 reached its top in the 2006 World Championship.
I wish the same to happen with Ilchenko, the team A, playing early, because it has only 20 years, and that in their 25, 26, became a reference player in attack, defense, and reception, as Sokolova.
In the Russian volleyball TODAY, no other player with this ability.