I don't mind taking young players (oddly no young liberos...) but I wish they had taken at least one player who can receive... Kapustina, Smirnova, Lazareva, Fedorovtseva and Kadochkina are all about equally bad in reception and the liberos are not the best receiver either. I guess Kapustina will be a starter since she is the only player who is used to receive a lot of balls (she received last season more balls then the all other NT players together...). I think they need a really good start in the first game to build conficence otherwise the tournament could get ugly... And I am pretty sure that Lazareva won't be the only player on OPP. Smirnova looked better at the VNL.
From today on Belarus Ministry of Sports has banned all the Belarusian athletes from leaving the country to take part in international competitions and training camps. Any athlete who violates the order will be fired from the National Team. https://twitter.com/TadeuszGiczan
Makes you wonder what the volleyball players will do after the EC...
Why is Kurnosova not a libero option? She is the receiving libero in Uralochka (Pilipenko mainly when team on serve). I think she is better in reception than Bibina.
I really hope that was it for Buzato. The weird decisions during the match are not even the problem but the nominated substitutes are a disaster. If Russia had more than two real OH and an experienced second setter (admittedly the options were not great), they could not have done as badly against Turkey and China as they did.
Who is gonna be the Russian coach at the EC?
Voronkova's reception improved considerably in the last few years. She received almost 44 % of the serves and made hardly any mistakes (she and Malova covered most of the court).
Haven't seen Russia's final roster. I think they should be pretty competitive even without their star player. Looking forward to watch the games.
This list is basically as expected except Matveeva, but like others pointed out that was probably due to Romanova's injury. Bringing two libros was also as expected since Russia does need a better reception and one of them (probably Pilipenko) will be a defensive OH to ease the pressure in back court. MBs are pretty good now. Only concern I have for Matveera is that she did pretty good to send balls high to #2 and #4 but I have not seen her doing any fast sets to MBs or OHs that could spell a trouble, but still we will find out how heavily she will be used as a setter. It's all set now let's cheer for Russian team and wish them good luck!!!
I think Matveeva did a decent job in the NT so far. Vetrova or Popova might have been the better option for the OG but I think the reception will be the bigger problem than the setters. Matveeva likes to use the MB in her club. I think she might have used them less in the NT so far because she did not train enough with them.
I hope Fedorovtseva will do a lot of reception training until the OG...
The number of good OH is limited in Russia. But there are several decent OH who play in this position which is something Pilipenko and Smirnova did not do last season. Possible players with pretty good reception skills: M. Frolova, Chaplina, Zvereva, Shvchuk (attack is weaker than the others), Shcherban, Kotikova.
My prefered line up, considering who is/was with the team
OH: Fedorovsteva, Kosheleva, Voronkova, Smirnova
S: Startseva, Matveeva
Libero: Malova, Pilipenko
MB: Koroleva, Lazarenko, Enina
That was a controversial decision for Buzato . I mean, he brought Gorbunova to Rimini who's the same age as Kadochkina (indeed, they were born the same year, month, and day ) and not her.
Kadochkina had a poor club season and afaik she wants to play OH. But with her current reception skills she is not a candidate for a NT OH spot. She had health issues the season before but hardly missed a game last season.
Any information on the u20 WC team?
Busato mentioned Gorbunova.
Super League players who might be part of the team:
S: Popova, Selyutina
MB: Menshchikova, Slautina, Kochurina
OH/OPP: Kadochkina, Akimova, Chernova, Yakushina, Kruk, Pisarevskaya, Gorbunova, Gatina
Libero: Doronicheva, Perova
Pypurinova as a starter was a very odd decision and to replace both OH quite early even worse...
I agree that Parubets and Podkopaeva will solve a lot of problems... But playing the VNL without a good receiver is just a waste of time. Even Pilipenko is better in defense than reception... And they should be looking for options without Parubets... From the younger players I see Kotikova, Simonenko and Zvereva as possible options. M. Frolova, Chaplina or Shcherban (did better last season than before and played usually instead of Krotkova) are the experienced options.
Fedorovtseva should be playing as much as possible. I still would like to see the reception skills form Smirnova (Malygina can play OPP )...
I totally agree with Ksyusha. The physical and technical development of a player happen mostly in the clubs where they spend most of the year. The focus of the NT should be on tactics and creating automatisms between the players on court. I guess many clubs have not the financial ressources to hire enough and good staff to focus on player development (main exceptions are Kazan and Uralochka). What really annoys is that a big club like Dynamo seems to be lacking in the development of young players. Zarechie and Lipetsk seem to focus and young players but I think they do not have the ressources.
I don't know how much and in what way the Volleyball Federation of Russia is helping the clubs but there are several things they could do. They could send coaches to the clubs to help out or organize trainings for NT prospects (since the country is huge they would need several locations). They could pay clubs a specified amount of money for each NT prospect. They should do workshops and courses for club coaches to improve their skills etc.
I think the B team did better than expected agains NED but over all no surprises.
Setters: pretty solid
OPP: Goncharova is showing a good form. Smirnova did better than I expected from her club performance. Still don't think that she is an option for the OG. Gorbunova hardly played. I think she is a promising player (18 y.o.) and it was a good move to bring her along.
MB: Very disappointing. Never made sense to bring Malygina and she did not show otherwise. Almost the same for Brovkina. She is tall and young but that should not be enough to include her. She was not even the best MB in her club!
OH: The players played as expected. Kapustina's attack was not as good in the club season but her serve got stronger. I would like to see Smirnova playing OH (used to receive when she played in Moscow).
Libera: Pilipenko was not used much in reception at her club (Kurnosova did receive and was one of the best receiver in the league) and as expected she had her problems... Zaytseva showed about the same level as she did all season which is pretty solid.
Cuneo signed Russian OH Sofia Kuznetsova from Dinamo Moscow. Is she good? I don't remember ever seeing her play
She did not really play last season (five sets as sub). 2019/2020 she was in St. Petersburg (Leningradka) but not a regular starter. She mostly played OPP. I think her serve was quite good and she is quite powerful in attack even though she is not that tall. I have my doubts about her reception skills.
wide roster of the Russian nt
S: Startseva, Romanova, Matveeva, Lazareva
Opp: Goncharova, Smirnova, Gorbunova
MB: Koroleva, Fetisova, Kotova, Efimova, Brovkina, Malygina
L: Malova, Pilipenko, Zaytseva
Oh: Parubets, Kosheleva, Voronkova, Lazareva, Fedorovtseva, Sazonova, Pipunyrova
I would have prefered Popova instead of Lazareva but it doesn't matter since Startseva and Romanova won't be replaced. I like Gorbunova but I think she might be playing OH next season (Malykh is in the same team). Smirnova is more of an OH than an OPP imho. Malygina is an odd choice... I would prefer Lazarenko, Evdokimova or Sikacheva (haven't seen her before this season and liked her). I would have hoped that there would be an defensive OH... I think the team will struggle when Parubets or Voronkova have a bad reception day. Fedorovtseva is great in attack but not reliable enough in reception, Lazareva is not an OH, Kapustina (Sazonova) is much better in attack than reception... My favourite would have been Kotikova or if you want to go with experience Chaplina (Rusakova) or Shcherban. Kadochkina's reception isn't good enough for NT at the moment.