Posts by ignorans

    Evdokimova is the only A team player. I guess they have only three MBs...

    Kazan almost with the best starting team (without Koroleva). I hope Novik will get to play later in the game...

    I agree that the league is not top but interesting. Except Moscow no team is playing well the last few weeks.

    - Uralochka lost to Enisey and had a poor game against Sakhalin. Garelik lost her form from the beginning of the season and they don't have a useful sub.

    - Krasnodar is also struggling a bit after a good start of the season. They won their last matches mainly because the opponents made a lot mistakes. Sperskayte was not receiving well and the substitutes are mostly juniors and not reliable yet.

    - Kazan is a disappointing. I was hoping that they would get better with more games but the opposite seems to be the case. No OH's is really reliable. Kadochkina is probably the best attacker and Bavykina the best receiver but none of the OH's seems to be able to play consistently at a good level.

    - Minsk had a promising start, but the biggest disappointment so far. They need a second setter since they seem too predictable. Grishkevich is hardly playing since her injury and promising before.

    - Lokomotiv is doing as good as expected. The reception highly depends on Kryuchkova. Zivkovic is doing well and they have good attacking options. Second libero Gorbacheva had problems when she had to take over for Galkina.

    Hardly any club has good substitutes even Moscow has hardly any options. I think this is worse than in the previous years. I think the financial situation got worse or stayed bad for most of the teams (excluding Lokomotiv). The good thing is that we see a lot of young players.

    Most interesting match of the day is Minchanka - Lokomotiv. Let's hope Minsk can up their game (and Grishkevich is playing). They might win a set or two depending on who is playing for Lokomotiv.

    I don't think so. I think this is a transitional season with some young players and (almost) without foreigners.

    The main problem is consistency. Also Startseva's decisions are not great (I think Novik is doing better but has other weaknesses). I see Kotikova more as a defensive OH (obviously has to improve her reception) since her attacking skills are not that good.

    The MB's are good, no point in moving Malygina there. Also I think she does better this season than before but she will never be a good option for the NT...

    I think the team is good enough to make the final 4 in Russia and get the second place in their CL group. We will probably see further fluctuations in the performance because of the OH's which are lacking experience (Kotikova, Kadochkina), missing game practice (Pasynkova) or just not that good a receiver (Bavykina).

    Kazan showed another poor performance. Confidence seems to be low. Then again they play with very young OH's (either Kotikova or Kadochkina are always on court) and Bavykina is also not that good. Pasynkova was not used, not sure if she is fit already. The comebacks of Frolova and Kryuchkova helped Enisey a lot. They played much better than in recent games.

    The comeback of Kutyukova helped Kaliningrad a lot (why did she not play in the first set?). This is not really a surprise since she was the best receiver last season and the back-up OH's (Safonova and Shevchuk) are not really reliable. Moscow's starting six are playing well and they have too, because the substitutes are far from that level (except Babeshina and Lyubushkina; Krotkova is injured). They shouldn't have too many problems in the final.

    I would expect Kaliningrad to win against Kazan. They will give their best in front of the home crowd. It will be interesting who is going to play for Kazan and if they show a reaction...

    The Dinamo clubs shouldn't have any difficulties in the semis. Kazan shouldn't even lose a set. The second OH (Safonova or Shevchuk) of Kaliningrad is just not good enough to challenge Moscow (expecting Kutyukova to be out).

    Some previous injured players came back last weekend: Frolova (only for a few points though), Bessonaya and Hryshkevich (starter and second best scorer)

    Kazan did not play well. Reception did not look good (besiedes the OH's the libero did not have a good day too). Any info on Pasynkova? Second game she missed.

    Fun fact: at the Uralochka-Michanska match were more Belorussian players starting than Russian (2 Belorussians with Uralochka and only a Russian and an Ukrainian for Minsk)...

    I like the spirit of the Proton players. The never give up even though the are usually the underdog. I think Marichev is doing a good job given the circumstances (had barely a team at the beginning of the season).

    Zivkovic was surprised by the great crowd in Kaliningrad…3-kak-na-chempionate-mira. I myself was happy to see such a great audience (…che-superliga-zhenshhiny/), hopefully they keep it up!

    3 top teams are missing a (possible) starting OH (injuries): Moscow (Krotkova), Kaliningrad (Kutyukova) and Minsk (Hryshkevich)

    Kaliningrad used a 17-year old in the last two sets. Moscow didn't change the OH at all (weird decision...). Minsk was unable to replace Hryshkevich.

    EuroVolleyTv offers a 30 day free trial, you can sign up and if u cancel before the 30 days they won`t charge you. They are not available in the USA,Canada,Poland and Italy. But I did sign up using a VPN using Germany as my location. I will see if it works.

    edit: It works :).... the stream is great. ( I`m watching the replays from today).

    I had some problems watching the matches live. Most annoying thing were the advertisments (up to 5 minutes long and the "skip Ad" did not work) which are shown while the game is on. Missing part of a game because of commercials is unacceptable for a paid service.

    I don't see how this can be correct. CEV still hasn't updated their rankings, but if we replace the WCh '14 points with WCh '18, SRB is 1st, NED 2nd and then ITA and RUS share the 3rd place with the same number of points.

    So NED should definitely participate at WC, while I don't know what the tie-breaker between Russia and Italy would be. Maybe Italy gets the 3rd place and ticket for WC as their most recent result is better than Russia's? I dunno. Anyway, Turkey should definitely be out of the picture.

    But I guess ultimately it won't matter as much as I don't think any of these teams will take this tournament seriously.

    I agree. It should be Serbia (294), Netherlands (288) and Italy/Russia (278), if VNL does not count...

    I agree with the predicted winners but I think there might be fewer sets. I think Moscow could even win 3:0 if the reception is a bit better than last week.

    Minsk should be winning if they play the same level they played last week. But maybe Kazan makes some changes (Pasynkova, Malygina?)...

    Some remarks to the first round:

    Uralochka 2 - 3 Krasnodar: unexpected result. Podkopaeva (former Malova) helped Uralochka in reception which was pretty bad last season but Parubets didn't have a good day and Uralochka doesn't have good substitutes. Then again Uralochka had set points in the third set, so it could have been 3:0...Unlike other teams Uralochka's team is not really stronger than last season. Good comebacks from Krasnodar in 3rd and 5th set. Krasnodar has the best team since the financial difficulties (Rusakova, Sperskayte are pretty good OH's, Matienko an experienced setter and Khaletskaya showed her former team that she deserves to be a starter).

    Moscow 3 - 2 Minsk: Goncharova is back (played whole match, looked good). Minsk was better then expected. They came back form several points down in sets 3, 4 and 5, but was not enough in the end. Moscow is obviously stronger but without the injured Khodunova lacking options on OH position (the only change they made was Talysheva for Raevskaya on libero position, after she missed like for receptions in a row). Minsk works well as a team and has a good block/defense. The 18 years old Hryshkevich looks promising (made like 6 points on serve in a row in 4th set, some problems in reception).
    Natalia Malykh was watching the game...

    Kazan 1 - 3 Kaliningrad: The new team from Kaliningrad works already really well. There is still some fine tuning to do but there were less misscommunications than expected. On the other hand Kazan needs time to find the best formation. Bavykina and Kotikova (first season as a starter for the 19 year old) have both some problems in reception. Malygina did surprisingly better than Mikiskova. Don't know why Pasynkova was not used (but at least now her season is already longer than last...).