Posts by ignorans

    I don't think that Kutiukova will play as an OPP...

    Still no Shcherban!

    Yep, Russia doesn't have many decent receivers and Shcherban is certainly one of them (better stats last season than Voronkova or Yurinskaya)...
    I don't know why Biryukova is with the team...
    Best thing is that there is no Pankova...

    Did I miss anyone?


    I expect several changes in Russian roster: Voronkova, Parubets, Romanova, Lyubushkina are probably safe (even though Romanova is not that good, but there are no good options on the setter position...). Goncharova and Zaryaschko (if healthy) will be at the WC. I hope Shcherban, Krotkova will join them. A veteran setter (Vetrova, Startseva or Pankova) is probably also coming in. I would prefer Vetrova because I hope the play with a lot of Moscow players... The VNL liberos were not convincing therefore we could see a change here too...

    [/quote]Match of the week: Turkey - Netherland


    Not only is it a crucial match to get a spot in final 6 for both teams, but also because of the drama :drink: [/quote]


    Does it matter which place you end up as long as you are in the top 5?


    Italy could technically still get 5th place, but it seems very unlikely. If they win all their home matches this week (including Brasil on the last day), they end up with 30 points. Brasil, Serbia and Turkey only need one win to get 31 points (shouldn't be a problem since they have Thailand, Argentina and Germany respectively). That leaves the Netherlands with 26 points and Turkey, China and Germany to play (in Germany). They should be able to beat Germany and China (not with best players).

    My Russian team for WCH:


    OH: Voronkova, Shcherban, Khodunova, Kotikova
    MB: Koroleva, Fetisova, Efimova
    OPP: Goncharova, Malygina (for double sub with Startseva... or try Petrova...)
    S: Vetrova, Startseva
    L: Ulanova, Kryuchkova


    I think Russia should mainly play with the Dinamo Moscow team. They played pretty well in the playoffs...

    IMHO Voronkova is the only player who secured a spot in WC team. MB's and Parubets are okay but not irreplaceable. Rest mediocre at best...

    Kotikova is a decent receiver. I don't think they should use her as opposite. Malygina is inconsistent and always looks a bit awkward on court... But as long as Goncharova is playing the position of the second OPP is almost irrelevant...
    I hope Shcherban an Krotkova will join the team in July.

    Any info on broadcasting?


    It says on http://www.volleyball.world/en…the-vnl-all-you?id=73891:
    "• For the first time the FIVB, in partnership with IMG, will bring its broadcast distribution in-house. This allows the FIVB total control of the quality and ensures that the standard of broadcasting will be consistently world class.
    • The Volleyball Nations League will take the sport of volleyball all over the world, allowing more people access to live sport than ever before! The global volleyball family will benefit from this competition, creating new fans throughout the season."


    Will there be live streaming on the FIVB youtube channel?


    I agree that the top 2 team are "too strong" for the league but think you are missing a crucial point. The main reason that the Russian league is weaker is the Russian economy. The US and European sanctions gave a blow to the industry and weakend the currency. With Omsk and (almost) Krasnodar the league lost 2 former top 5 teams because of financial problems. Even Kazana and Moscow seem to have less money (smaller, weaker squads... Moscow did not replace De la Cruz and Poljak...).


    To point 1: I don't think that travel is that big of deal. The KHL has far more games and they are able to get foreigners. Volleyball players are used to travel (in the VNL they play in 5 Cities in 5 weeks on different continents). I think cultural differences and the language have a bigger effect on the decision to play in Russia than travel. I welcome the addition of Sakhalin (did pretty well considering it was their second year) and Kaliningrad (should be able to make top 5).


    To point 2: Relocating a team to Moscow or Kazan doesn't make any sense. Teams have local sponsors and supporters which you lose if you leave. Again it is just a matter of money. If you find sponsors you can start a new club anywhere...


    To point 3: This doesn't seem to be relevant at the moment. As long as the currency is that weak and volatile it is not feasable to see a lot of clubs being able to pay foreign players. At the moment we have around 15 foreigners (most of which are Belorissian or Ukrainian and they might not even count as foreigners...) and they are not necessarily top players (except for Kazan)... Moscow and Uralochka had only 1 foreigner (I think Gendel might even have a Russian passport). As long as the financial situation is as bad as it is at the moment the addition of more foreigners will not have a big influence or might make the rich clubs even stronger.


    I don't think that the league has to change at the moment. The only thing I would like to see is that Minsk would join the league. With the addition of Kaliningrad that would certainly improve the competition...