Posts by kyle7in1

    BRA 3:2 POL

    Now they secured WC 2019 champion. Poland actually played well in set #1 and #2. The turning point was set #2. Drzyzga passed ball to Kubiak twice when Kubiak's on the weak side, and he got blocked twice. At the end of the set #2, Drzyzga insisted to set up the ball to Sliwka at pos 4. Sliwka missed one open-net shot, and got blocked later. So Brazil took the set #2, and the momentum was shifted to Brazil. Bruno outplayed Drzyzga in every way, from serve, pass to defense. Muzaj missed a lot of chances. On other other side, Alan was on fire from beginning to end.

    Alan should be the starter OPP for BRA in Tokyo 2020. He improved a lot in last 2 years, both at SESI-SP and NT. Wallace's been on his downhill since Rio 2016.

    I am impressed by Sanchez from Argentina. He's such a short setter (1.73m), but did a great job with his solid passes in this tournament.

    Japan also showed the improvement. Nishida is a rising star. Even if he's only 1.87m as an OPP. He had great serve and power spike.

    The first two sets of BRA vs USA were high quality. Very intense. Both sides showed amazing attack and defense.

    Bruno outplayed Micah in this game. Both Micah and Anderson choked.

    This WC is predictable. BRA, USA and POL almost nailed top 3 spots. The game of BRA vs USA most likely will decide who's gonna win this title. Without knockout, the schedule is kinda ordinary and less exciting.

    POL 3:1 ARG

    Sanchez is the best short setter I have seen. He's only 5‘7“. Even many female setters are taller than him.

    But he had many amazing passes both in this game and the game vs USA.

    USA 3:1 POL

    Anderson played very well throughout the whole game. One of the best games from him.

    Poland played normal in set #3 and #4, but Leon is not enough to carry the team. Kurek is not totally recovered from surgery.

    They need Kubiak.

    Heynen trapped himself.

    Poland need Leon, Kurek and Kubiak on court if they wanna beat USA, based on USA's performance in the first 2 sets.

    To my surprise, Garrett played so well. Normally, he's a weak point, esp at the front row.

    Poland's float serves did not work as good as before, maybe because of the new ball.

    On the other side, USA's 6 round jump serves impacted Poland's reception.

    Leon + Muzaj + Sliwka.

    I don't think this attack line is good enough to beat USA.

    They need one more strong attacker, like Kurek on court.

    I completely agree with this. Vlasov only "plays good" against teams he has a considerable physical advantage. His attack, albeit looking impressive due to the great vertical, is really nothing to write home about. And of course blocking is his biggest liability. I can name at least about 10 Russian MBs who are better than him. He is the male version of Efimova in NT. Kurkaev and Yakovlev are miles better than him as evidenced by the roster choice of Sammelvuo during the summer.


    PS. I'm not a Vlasov hater, just stating some facts :teach:

    I don't mind he mentioned Vlasov has some potentials. But saying that he will become the new Musersky is absurd.

    IMHO, Musersky, Simon and Lisinac are top 3 active MBs in the world.

    I watched Russia play against Iran, and Ilya Vlasov's attacking and blocking potential is really amazing. At times he looks youthful, but he has a lot of potential to become the new Musersky. He has a very strong offense and he catches the ball far above the opponent's block.

    You must be kidding. If you watch Russia league and VNL, you'll be pissed off by Vlasov's performance. One good game is not enough to save him. Vlasov's block is his biggest issue. Kurkaev and Yakolov are more promising than him in NT. Tomas did not even bring him in to Chicago for final 6 in VNL 2019.

    I love Uros but he's not the core player of Trentino. It's Giannelli. Basically without him, everyone from Russell, Kovacevic, Jenia and Lisinac (even Cebulj) are impossible to recruit.

    Of course, here by default I talk about core player in terms of OH/OPP. Like, Leon for Perugia, Juan for Lube, Zaytsev for Modena. Kovacevic for Trentino. Check Trentino's stats last season. The games they lost are the days when Kovacevic was off.

    Congrats to team Serbia. This is the 2nd Euro Volley trophy for Uros, AA and Podrascanin. They’re all taking a core role today. Back then, Uros was a complete newbie to senior NT after a brilliant summer with the youth team. The whole team was still carried by Miljkovic, who played his last tournament for NT. Podrascanin was the only player out of these three who’s in the starting winning squad of 2011. Indeed, he’s been starting for the NT since 2006!

    Kovacevic is the core player for current Trentino. He's also a mentally tough dude. Marko has been a solid MB for a long time. I watched his first game back in WCH 2010. They played against Cuba. Leal and young Leon were both in Cuba NT. Time flies.