AFAIC Poletaev is missing the next tour in Australia. Sammelvuo aims to test the squad as it will be at the next tour. Did the same thing in Iran, by the way.
So Kirill Klets will join the team ?
Netherlands - Italy 1-3
China - Japan 3-1
Italy - Japan 2-3
China - Netherlands 3-0
Japan - Netherlands 3-0
China - Italy 3-2
Brazil - Germany 3-0
USA - South Korea 3-0
South Korea - Brazil 0-3
USA - Germany 3-0
South Korea - Germany 1-3
USA - Brazil 3-1
Turkey - Dominican Republic 3-2
Thailand - Bulgaria 3-0
Turkey - Bulgaria 3-0
Thailand - Dominican Republic 3-1
Dominican Republic - Bulgaria 3-1
Thailand - Turkey 1-3
Serbia - Poland 1-3
Belgium - Russia 2-3
Serbia - Russia 3-1
Belgium - Poland 0-3
Poland - Russia 3-1
Belgium - Serbia 1-3
Considering their junior high school and their faces (Aoi An's father is Nigerian), both aren't sisters I guess.
Furukawa is relatively a polular last name in Japan
One day with Russian National Team. Link
According to this, there are 16 members (as far as I recognized) .
S: Kovalev, Kobzar
OP: Poletaev, Zemchenok
OH: Volkov, Kliuka, Podlesnykh, Voronkov, Semyshev
MB: Kurkaev, Vlasov, Philippov, Yakovlev, Tavasiev
L: Martynyuk, Golubev
Is there official roster for 1st week ?
- During the yesterday's match, the commentator said Miyashita went back home by her own from 1st traning camp last season.
- This is because she didn't prepare mentally to play for NT.
- According to local magazine, she also couldn't decide whether she join the NT or not this season , but Nakada persuaded her to join the team then she joined.
I read some of her interviews and it seems she lacks confidence in herself and tends to underestimate herself, even after she experienced 2016 Olympics as a main setter.
Even though many coaches & ex-players saying Miyashita is the talented and the only setter who could bring big achievement for Japanese team, she doesn't trust these words and saying ''There are many setters in Japan who are better than myself. I still don't get why I got invitation to NT.''
Efimova, are you really a A-team player ?
Is there a link for Germany-Russia ?
still waiting for the updated roster of the turkish, dutch, germans, and japanese.
S: Sato, Miyashita
WS: Ishii, Koga, Kurogo, Nabeya, Shinnabe, Osanai
MB: Iwasaka, Okumura, Watanabe, Akutagawa
L: Kobata, Yamagishi
From 1st week, Seki (S) & Nakagawa (WS) out, Miyashita (S) & Kurogo (WS) in.
USA - Serbia 3-0
Italy - Dominican Republic 3-1
Serbia - Dominican Republic 2-3
Italy - USA 3-2
USA - Dominican Republic 3-0
Italy - Serbia 3-0
Russia - Germany 3-1
Turkey - Japan 3-1
Japan - Russia 3-1
Turkey - Germany 3-0
Japan - Germany 3-1
Turkey - Russia 3-1
Belgium - South Korea 3-1
China - Thailand 2-3
South Korea - Thailand 1-3
China - Belgium 2-3
Belgium - Thailand 2-3
China - South Korea 3-0
Bulgaria - Poland 1-3
Netherlands - Brazil 0-3
Poland - Brazil 1-3
Netherlands - Bulgaria 3-2
Netherlands - Poland 1-3
Brazil - Bulgaria 3-0
Thailand - Germany 3-1
Poland - Italy 3-1
Thailand - Italy 1-3
Poland - Germany 3-0
Italy - Germany 3-1
Poland - Thailand 3-0
Belgium - USA 0-3
Bulgaria - Japan 2-3
Japan - USA 2-3
Bulgaria - Belgium 3-1
Belgium - Japan 1-3
Bulgaria - USA 1-3
Russia - Dominican Republic 3-2
Brazil - China 1-3
China - Russia 3-1
Brazil - Dominican Republic 3-0
China - Dominican Republic 3-0
Brazil - Russia 3-1
Turkey - South Korea 3-0
Serbia - Netherlands 3-0
Serbia - South Korea 3-0
Turkey - Netherlands 3-0
Netherlands - South Korea 3-1
Serbia - Turkey 3-1
Jung Dae-young and Kim Se-young
Although JDY is still one of the best MB in Korea, it looks like Korea travel into Athens Olympics.
But both OHs have to step up their game, especially Shcherban.
I'm not surprised this will be the last season for her playing Moscow.
I really wish I knew why Toray played this Final Stage, let alone the whole season, without Mari Horikawa on the court. What is the dang deal with that?
Injury and (probably) coach's decision.
1. Horikawa got injured on her right finger before opening match and she couldn't block, so Kanno didn't use her on front row at the beginning of the season.
2. Kanno basically likes offensive roster (2 seasons ago, he used Sakoda-Horikawa at the same time and Kimura sisters did 2 players passing), so I guess he was thinking Kulan-Kurogo-Horikawa was the best line-up before starting this season.
But watching a) Kulan's passing skill , b) this affects to her attacking performance and c) Horikawa's performance after injury, he probably changed his mind Kulan concentrating on offence and using 2nd libero (Nakata) is better than using these offensive trio.
Sorry for my poor English!
Good to see Foluke winning so many awards, and of course her team winning.
I'm surprised Jana did so well. I remember I was always wondering how can a player her size be that bad of an attacker
Being free from reception burden is the key to success for Yana IMHO.
I think she is one of the best foreign players who ever played for Toray, along with De la Cruz (07-08) and Zhang Yuehong (08-09).
I wonder Toray extend the contact with Yana because Toray is the team which don't extend the contact with foreign players basically (only exception was Adams Monique who played for 03-05 season).
Individual awards: Link
MVP: Foluke Akinradewo
Fighting-Spirit award: Jana Kulan
Best Scorer: Jana Kulan
Best Spiker: Foluke Akinradewo (3rd)
Best Blocker: Foluke Akinradewo
Best Server: Jana Kulan
Best Receiver: Risa Shinnabe (5th)
Risa Shinnabe (3rd)
Brankica Mihajlovic (2nd)
Foluke Akinradewo (2nd)
Best Libero: Mako Kobata (2nd)
Receiving award: Risa Shinnabe (5th)
Best Newcomer award: Nanami Seki
Why you try to prove something to me? Do you think that I'm unaware of our Superliga and players?
I almost watched ever game of Superliga and that game too.
You think Lazareva deserves to play in NT because of playing one or two games during whole season. In that case Russu played much more than her. I know our players' capability and she needs to choose the club where she will be main OPP and prove herself and than I'm sure she will get invited to NT. I can't understand why people want to see Lazareva in NT ??? Because of playing one or two games during regular season ??? She is the young player and she needs to prove herself and become main player and face of her team.
We'll see which players will get invited to NT for VNL this year. I'm looking forward to seeing the list of players for VNL
When did I say you are unaware of Superliga or you are wrong ?
I never write such a thing...
I just told my opinion on previous post.
Every person has different opinions so I respect you.
Watching this, Goncharova got injuried on her left hand and that's why she missed last match.
@canhotrodrigo, thanks for creating the thread !
There are huge difference between them and other setters.
I wonder who another setter will be VNL roster. Novik? Ryseva?
○ Kosheleva (also OH), Kadochkina (also OH)
- On domestic league, Kadochkina certainly be the best Opposite along with Goncharova. I hope she plays some VNL matches before joining to youth team.
- Kosheleva as OH will destroy the team's receiving line so Goncharova's back-up is the best choice (and she will be better compared to other Opposites).
- I hope Lazareva get some experience on VNL this year, but because of lacking playing time, I think Pankov will choose Malygina instead of her
- Khaletskaya showed amazing performance at the beginning of the season, but then significantly dropped. I don't think she get invitation,
- Despite too short (180cm) for NT, Sophia Kuznetsova from Leningradka is interesting player for me.
◎ Voronkova, Parubets
○ Shcherban, Kotikova (also OP), Bavykina
△ Yulinskaya (also OP), Kutiukova (also L)
- Voronkova and Parubets should be starters.
- I know Shcherban underperforms this season, but she's still be an important player for NT and she's the 3rd choice on this position.
- No one mentions so far, but I think Anastasia Bavykina improved a lot this season. She's still a weak passer, but good option when team needs offensive power.
- Considering that South Korea is the one of the strongest serving team, Kutiukova (or Frolova) as a back-row specialist is a reasonable choice . In terms of passing, her and Frolova are the only players who is better than Voronkova & Parubets.
- I hope Krotkova will come back to the team on Olympic season
◎ Fetisova, Koroleva
○ Lazarenko, Lyubushkina
△ Enina, Efimova
- I hope Lazarenko get more playing time and grabs 14 spots.
- Lyubushkina shows solid performance both attacking and blocking, she's better than Efimova IMO.
- I really like Enina, but has she ever got called ? She's one of the best MB last 3-4 seasons, but never seen on the wide roster.
◎ Galkina, Podkopaeva
- Watcing shaky performance on Moscow, I don't think Talysheva get invitation.
I think it’s a very interesting development. We know that for all the great talent Japanese players have they sometimes lack in the power aspect of the game. Perhaps a few players from African heritage can help this problem in the future.
Naomi Osaka’s father is actually from Haiti though.