Posts by francexplosn

    Not only Kelsey. Zhu killed many balls just because of her power against a bad positionated block or spiking reach. Cansu's setting is generally weaker for the OHs. There was a ball in the 4th set, God only knows how Zhu killed it between the blockers and the net, that pissed Guidetti off: you could clearly see him calling Cansu and telling her to set higher.

    I saw that too. As I said Candy was pretty bad, Unfortunately there is no room to play another foreigner at setter. One thing I don’t like about KR is that you don’t just tip the ball when the set is bad. Try something harder during those situations: find the block hands or the gaps between defenders, just making the defender a little more difficult, I think that’s what Coach told her during one TO, vakifbank is not a defensive team, giving up the ball like that is almost equal to giving up points. Obviously she didn’t learn much during national team season as Jordan Larson is great in that regard.

    Is Robinson the new Aydemir? Because I give up right now.


    She has to cover both Zhu and Gizem and still does the job. And spiking those trash sets she is quite ok, IMHO.


    #RobinsonIsTheNewAydemir

    we all agree Rasic needs to play and I agree part of KR’s offensive struggle is due to Cansu. I guess it depends on who is more ready to play: backup oh or opp

    I see Vakif players scoring more easily out of system. And Gizem Orge is still the shadow of herself.


    Time to leave Lenneke on bench and try the young opposite and Rasic in the middle. Milena is deeply missed. Kubra and Melis are too weak.

    yes, Cansu, Kubra, Libero are pretty bad. Is TugbA that bad? Kelsey Robinson is average, and TugbA still not able to replace her and let Rasic play..

    Please. This is their moment to shine. Don't even try to steal it.

    no no no , sorry about the misunderstanding, I didn’t mean to blame Serbia at all, they have every right to decide who/when to sit against who. I just don’t like the format and scheduling part, that’s all. I said it before the final 4, I wish we had a less complicated format and had a day off between the semi and final.

    Congratulations to Serbia! I wish every team played hard every single game but the schedule just simply doesn’t allow them to do so. 13 games in 20 days including all the travels, crazy! IMO, the difference in the final is that Serbia knows when to lose but Italy (and China) don’t know. Serbia doesn’t want to play Brazil and China and they were able to avoid both by losing/winning at the right time. There is no day off between semi and final, Italy should have played Sylla in the semi final.

    Zhu supports her teammates the best and they respect her very much. Don't assume something just because of her serious game face. Zeng Chunlei always has the happy face on. Every player has their own approach to their game.


    The only bad sets I can think of is setting the ball low to Zhu, which will be blocked by good blockers. She likes the balls high so she can hit over the blockers. Yao Di is the best at setting bad sets to Zhu so hopefully she does not have to play.


    Zhu has been playing subpar thus far and she is mad at herself because of it. Most of it is adjusting to a fast tempo offense. We will see what happen tonight.

    Zhu is exhausted... She is the best receiver for China team and receives a lot of balls every game, and plays defense all over the places. I don't think China will win the trophy because semi-final and final will be played on back to back days, so even they win a tough game against Italy...

    Nervous + angry = frustrated.

    You are 100% right. Sylla seemed the most frustrated one. She spiked in so many different tempos (diagonal, parallel, lobs-way too many- and so on), however she was well digged by japanese defense. After scoring, Sylla kept seeming quite frustrated. I guess I also read some parolacce :lol:. I clearly understood a "fa***lo valla a prendere" a couple of times.

    Egonu seemed the same in the fourth set. But then she totally destroyed in the 5th.

    It is understandable. Almost every single player has suffered that against japanese defense.

    They were easily got frustrated because they thought this should a easy game for them. One of my favorite coaches told us "I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you that you were terrible. Everybody told you that you didn’t have a chance to win the game". I think this Italy team probably took this win for granted and did not have a good preparation for the game.


    Kudos to team Japan for the fight!

    I find her a complete OH, and in my opinion, should be China's OH2. Decent attack, can pass ok and serves well. Lang Ping is seeing something we are not seeing. Maybe she is the type of player that performs best from the bench and not as a starter? My guess

    At this level, Xiaotong is an average player in pretty much everything except her serves. Unfortunately, Zhu is also China's better receiver and back-row defender. This China team really needs a healthy Zhang CN. After that, they need a solid 3rd MB and the 2nd setter who can really change the tempo if needed. Yao Di is just not capable of doing that.

    Dutch always plays China tough, I think this time won’t be different. USA probably missed their best chance to win Olympic gold medal in Rio. They have an old team and USA coach doesn’t seem to be a good teacher to develop young players. Coach Lang Ping and GUI are probably two of the best teachers now, young players are always getting better under them.

    Don’t know who is the better setter, but I know if you swap egonu, sylla, and maybe libero with boz, ercan, italian team is probably at home now. To me, what makes Italian team special is Egonu and their defense, both floor defense and block. italian team receives incredibly well in this tournament which makes setter’s job that much easier