Posts by JoanaBG

    I agree, but it depends also on the setter.

    Last year with Carlini Veljkovic did not have those results.

    She was the highest scoring MB of the league last season, with the least MB-friendly setter.

    That said, Danesi is a good replacement, because honestly, an attacking MB as good as Veljković is hard to find and while Danesi is not quite at that level, she's at least comparable and she'll bring some additional strength in blocking.

    In the meantime Pomì is losing sponsors (and fans), probably not satisfied by the results of the team

    They really need another reliable hitter. Bosetti is doing a very good job, but she's not enough. Cuttino and Carcaces are just way too unreliable. The latter has in particular had some horrendous performances.

    Well, hopefully Russia doesn't get banned, so this will all be irrelevant.

    If they still do, the FIVB should have an additional qualifying round (LOL, not gonna happen, I know), or the highest ranked team that missed on the qualifying should get the spot. It would be far from ideal, but it's at least a somewhat objective criterion.

    In any case, South Korea should NOT get the spot automatically for beating Mexico and Canada.

    Well, not really a surprise, Conegliano is just on a different level compared to everyone else. They might well go undefeated this season.

    Novara, though. Losing to Monza who've struggled so far. Weird stats, looks like both teams had problems putting the ball down.

    I didn't expect Pomi to beat Chieri so easily. Guerra has really fallen off - remember when she used to be a prospect?!

    Smarzek spent two sets on the court tonight and didn't score. :white::gone:

    It was a fun little fluff piece.

    In the end they were arguing about who would pay for the coffee, Mina complains that Ana never lets her buy it, while Ana says she's older so Mina has to obey her. :D

    They also talked about the social life, it's quite limited because Casalmaggiore is a small town, so if they want to have a night out, they need to go to Parma or Milan, and it's not a short ride. Mina misses it sometimes, while Ana says she's got too old for clubbing anyway :D But they say their team mates are a lot of fun and they often hang out and spend time together.

    Ana doesn't like Italian food X/ I don't know how that's possible, but hey.

    Mina says that after spending so much time in Italy, people have stopped treating her like a foreigner, which sometimes bothers her because then they tend to tell her stuff they otherwise wouldn't and she's not always interested. On the other hand, Ana can still pretend that she doesn't understand the language if she's not interested in the conversation. :rolll:

    The whole interview (in Serbian) is here:…-Nisam-otisla-mejlom.html

    I'm actually rather impressed the journalist had the guts to ask her all the real questions, like why she didn't want to play or what was Terzić's reaction and how the whole thing went down exactly.

    There's no doubt that Terzić was being super shady putting her on the spot like he did, but come to think about it, he never actually said he didn't know why she didn't want to play. He just said she was invited, didn't show up, and he didn't want to comment on it any further. That certainly is somewhat cynical, but with her reasons for not wanting to play this summer, she doesn't come out of this story looking good either, IMO.

    Those highlights didn't include the most important thing: when asked what's the exact reason why she wanted to skip this season, she said it's because she's not happy with her status on the NT and that her communication with Terzić is bad. Or in other words, she's not happy that Veljković had taken her place as a starter. So: gurl, bye.

    Also, she admits that Terzić never agreed with her decision to skip the NT season. He just didn't say anything, which made her think he's OK with it. :rolleyes:

    There was never anything public, much less official about it. There were rumours that things were pretty bad after London and it's not really a secret a lot of people wanted Terzić gone, but from what I understand, it had more to do with the staff (some of which got replaced, team manager included) and the internal struggle for power within the federation and less with the players themselves. I don't doubt that some of them wanted the coach to changed, but I doubt it was 90% of the team. There were in fact some rumours that certain players (Rašić, Ognjenović) would quit IF Terzić got replaced.

    CRO had russian players in the past? naturalized ones?

    Yes, Irina Kirillova (setter), Elena Chebukina (MB) and Tatyana Sidorenko (OH). They all used to played on the Soviet NT and were really, really good. Kirillova in particular, she's a legend of the game, also Giovanni Caprara's wife. They represented Croatia 1995-2000, though not always all of them at the same time.

    Then they wanted to replace Kirillova with another Russian setter, Maria Likhtenstein, and they briefly did, but then the FIVB changed their regulations about the number of naturalized players per team (you could only have one, as it still stands), so they decided to keep only Chebukina and she went to the Sydney Olympics.

    The last time I know those rules were enforced was in 2000 when Croatia summoned their Russian players to play the Olympic qualifications, and they didn't want to (Kirillova in particular, she even burst into tears in public over it), but it was made well clear their licenses would be revoked if they didn't show up, so they had to.

    Also, from what I remember, Bulgarian federation threatened to take action against some of their female players a couple of years ago, but nothing came off it as far as I know.

    It almost never happens nowadays because it would almost certainly result in lawsuits and such and it would be a big mess. Also, federations earn good money on players licenses and their transfers, so a suspension of a player would not be in their best financial interest.

    As far as I know, Matthias is right and in theory the clubs are obligated to let their players go to the NT competitions, just like players cannot refuse to play if invited, or they could be suspended. However, those rules are very rarely enforced, if ever.