Unlike Italy Russia did really well in reception. For me Sperskaite was the player of the match. She was the second best scorer, best server (4 aces) and solid in reception. She might have played her best match this year. Novik made some unusual mistakes in the first set but I still think she has a chance to be back up in the NT next year (will get much more playtime this club season). I am still not conviced that Lazareva will become a starter in the NT but maybe she will get more time to shine in France.
Zaytseva was the weakest line of the team IMO. Evdokimova and Vorobyeva played well, especially Vorobyeva was unstoppable in critical situations. Although Lazareva was best scorer of the game with 26 pts, honestly I expected much more than that from her. She had many errors today even if she was best scorer of the game.
I did not understand why Zaytseva stayed on. She made one block, four points out of ten attacks and served terribly... I was happy to see a good perfomance from Novik. Hope she will be a starter in Sakhalin. Sperskaite continues her mediocre performance she showed during the club season. I hope she will improve soon... Lazarave was below 27 %.
Yes, discussion was why Russia has so easy group. This is effect of their success from the past; they will have to work much harder in the future to have such easy way to get qualification to Paris.
I don't think that this is the case. Russia should end up around 5th place at the OG and World Cup. That might give them enough points to keep the 5th place in the world ranking.
Russia or Turkey could move to Asian federation...
Yes Russia had a very poor VNL but that is because they played mostly without A team players and changed the team almost every week. The main problem is that they are lacking back up-players which makes the team vulnerable if a top player is injured or has a bad form.
Russia has 6 weeks to train and we will see a very different team by then.
I would expect:
Startseva - Romanova
Goncharova - Kadochkina
Fetisova - Koroleva - (Lazarenko - Efimova)
Parubets - Voronkova - Kotikova
This team should make the OG qualification without too much problems and should do better at the EC than last time. The main problems are the setters and the OH substitutes. Kutyukova might be an option to help the reception. If Kadochkina is healthy she will be a good option as a sub OPP and could be used as an OH against weaker teams. Kotikova is also looking promising.
Samoylenko was injured most of the time for the last two years. I am actually a bit surprised that Kazan extended the contract with her but maybe she recovered.
Stolyarova made hardly any game in the regular season but did surprisingly well in the play offs (played OH). I think she is better than Khaletskaya but also a few years older.
I would expect Malova probably back for the EC and should be in the olympic team 2020. And I really like Pilipenko.
Except Startseva, I don't like our setters. Romanova is kind of joke, I don't remember her playing well in NT. Even when Startseva out, Romanova in (WCH) and most of our attacks got blocked by opponents because of her passes. Next year she may be sub for Startseva in Kazan, I wonder that will Pankov invite her again. Big and mysterious question to me.
Vera Salikova may be main setter of Uralochka next year and Filishtinskaia may come back after break, I really want to hope their playing better and take the spot from Romanova. Romanova is gonna be second Pankova. I don't understand what Karpol and Pankov saw in her. I simply can't stand her.
Another question to me is all about our MBs. Except Fetisova and Koroleva, the rest of them seems useless. Efimova never stays in the right place to block the attack of opponent and that's why we have rare block pts nowadays. I sometimes can't understand the head coaches and their choices.
I agree on Romanova. Never really liked her. She had some good play off games this season (and a terrible one against Moscow) but not convincing during regular season and in NT. Ryseva is not terrible but really short. I think Anufrienko did well this season and Matveeva looks promising for the future.
I hope Zubareva will get a chance to play instead of Orlova this week...
Why not just show Kubura enjoying herself for the rest of the match...
I like how Russia doess't care about the VNL. They started with setter Ryseva who was a substitute all season (played 16 sets mainly as serving substitute) and when the reception was struggling Iurinskaya (OH) was replaced by Russu who playes opposite in her club...
I hope therer will be a change on the opposite position. I don't think that Khaletskaia is any better than Malygina. Vorobyeva should get a chance to play.
Hopefully Romanova has a better week... Then again if not we will see more of Matveeva who looks very promising.
Did I just spot Startseva among the Kazan supporters?
Swiss (french) tv RTS will broadcast some of the matches. According to the schedule they will show all matches with Switzerland plus every match of the last two days online (might be geoblocked).
Switzerland-Turkey will be on https://www.rts.ch/sport/video…asters-suisse-italie.html (erroneously they have Italy instead of Turkey in the text).
Thanks for starting the thread not an international competition though.
Rumors about Romanova and Parubets also left Uralochka
Malova's joining to Kazan
I think it is time for Parubets to move on. Too much responsability and pressure on her especially after Malova's move. The other libera were terrible the season before... Maybe they sign Pilipenko.
I think Gilyazutdinov recognized in the middle of the second set in game too that his team has no chance to win the series. From that point on the only option was to hope for a miracle (like in game two when Uralochka started to make a lot of mistakes). It was just too much for the youngster (Kadochkina and Kotikova) to handle by themselves. Maylgina and Bavykina are not good enough to be starter in a top team. Furthermore Novik did not look good when she came in for Startseva (bad connection with MB and other bad sets). I hope she moves to a club where she can play more.
Uralochka showed an incredible performance in the past few weeks. The problem is that they don't have any useful substitutes (they had Kurilo the previous season) which makes them very vulnerable if somebody has a bad day (happend against Moscow).
Russian season is almost over (playout between Proton and Nizhni Novgorod starts this weekend, Uralochka should win third place today). Ranking is:
7. Krasnodar/Saint Petersburg
Moscow won't lose the series. Had no problem in tie-break and only need one more win.
Far from a clear win for Kazan. Tight first set, clear second set for Uralochka and the led 17:7 in the third. Looked like they would win the game but they surprisingly collapsed. Kazan won 8 points in row on Startseva's serve and won the game. Parubets and Malova were not able to match the amazing reception stats from the first game. Kazan served better and the decision to play with Malygina worked out well too (20 points, 6 on block, 44 %).