Poor Argentina can not break through Chinese block. 17:5 in set #3.
China led Argentina at 17:13 in set #2. After Lang Ping called a timeout, China won set #2 at 25:14, which means Argentina only got 1 point after timeout.
It seems Russia will get Bronze. Is this the first time Russia NT stand on podium in last nine years? Anyway it's an improvement for Russian girls.
Boyer is like Patch, they can jump very high, but can't turn it into points. They lack everything else.
Boyer had a bad day. But overall he's much better than Patch. Boyer's performance was solid in Verona last season. Patch totally is an error king. When Patch started his career in NCAA, I was surprised by his physical talent, such a good jumper. But it turns out he's so disappointing in pro league. Now he can not even stay in Italy league as no team want such an error king. When Patch plays for USA NT, he also made errors after errors when he's on court.
Poland got Bronze. Jenia, as the No.1 active libero, had a reception error at match point. A dramatic ending for France.
Poland played so relaxed today. Obviously Heynen told Drzyzga to pass more balls to Leon to train his chemistry with the team.
If healthy Kurek comes back, Poland is still the contender in tournament.
Now I am curious Poland will send what team to WC. Kubiak will play for WC, maybe Leon as well?
Michael Saeta announced on Instagram he will train full time with the USA NT and won't play abroad this season.
Michael left UC Irvine in 2017. Last season he's with Chaumont as sub setter. He will be the 4th setter in USA NT for upcoming WC.
China 3:0 Serbia
They secured WC champion 2019 one round early. They are the best team in this tournament. Well deserved and Congrats.
Where there are people, where the fight starts. Not just on court, but also on forum.
Just to touch briefly on yesterdays discussion. I totally agree, my point was that Slovenia's NT is a top team right now, in ECH 2019. They're in hot form and were also helped by the stunning support of the home crowd.
As for the future, we will see what will happen. They will need more top finish results to establish themselves. The core of the team has played together for a long time now but consistency has always been an issue with the team. As well as the lack of adequate substitutes.
First chance to impress again will be at the OQT in Berlin in January, 2020. I'm looking forward to see what the team can do away from home and hopefuly they can continue to impress because they look strong right now. The qualifier will be brutal though. In addition, it will be interesting to finally see them play in VNL.
Yesterday was not the result I expected. France looked really solid against Italy, while Serbia was quite shaky against Ukraine. I'm no expert but I always say blocking wins games and Serbia blocked well, really well. It decided the game in my opinion. Both teams made mistakes but I felt Serbia was more consistent throughout the game while France was more hot and cold. Also, it's been a while since the last game I saw with this many serve line faults.
Anyone knows why Tillie was not playing?
Not the 3rd place match I was expecting, especially not after the group stage ended.
I'm really looking forward to it and hoping it will be a good match. It will be interesting to see which team can bounce back.
Slovenia and Serbia played two matches in Ljubljana, before the tournament in preperation for the ECH.
Serbia won both games. First 3:2 and the second 3:0 where Cebulj was not playing for Slovenia due to a light injury.
The odds are in Serbia's favour but Slovenia outdid their odds time and time again this tournament so hopefully they can go all the way.
The ECH final is the first test for Slovenia. If they win, they'll build up confidence for upcoming OQT 2020. Serbia, France, Slovenia and other European Class B teams will fight for just one spot for Tokyo 2020, a super tough job for every team. It's like you have to survive in Amazon jungle by yourself. The consistency is also an issue for Slovenia. I have seen Urnaut and Cebulj choked many times in club games. Without home court support, the chances of Slovenia breaking through are very slim. But who knows. Maybe they will have another miracle like they have done in this ECH.
As to the game of Serbia vs France today, Jovovic did not choke in clutch time. AA also had a solid performance on attack. Serbia's block worked very well because they're pretty familiar with Toniutti's style. Toniutti is one of the best active setters, but his style is also conservative. Sometimes he had good chances to set up a fast ball to pos 3, but he still passes the ball to pos 2 or 4. I have watched a lot of Zaksa's games in last two seasons, Toniutti's style is same. Serbia players focused on block on pos 2 and 4 most of the time, which saved them energy and improved the efficiency of block as well. To my surprise, Tillie's dad did not change the setter after France had an awful start in set #5. At least Brizand could change the rhythm of attack. France lost tie break like they're going though chronic death. They knew the result but did not do anything to change it. Tillie did not start due to injury AFAIK.
China 22:11 Serbia
Set #1 is a one-sided game.
Zhu starts to rush in to spike between pos 3 and 4 quite often recently. It's hard to block Zhu's attack when she is moving along the net.
Zhu is the best active OH. Her attack is dominating, and she has much less unforced errors than other top OHs.
I won't blame NG. Without him, France can not drag the game into set #5. But NG's errors in set #5 were crucial. It's not his first time choking in clutch time. Boyer is so-so. He did not support team as good as AA did for Serbia. Toniutti was disappointing. His setting was too obvious for Serbia's blocking. Everyone knows he will pass the ball to pos 2 or pos 4. I'd rather watching Brizard do a change, at least Brizard's pass to pos 3 was great in last a few games.
Serbia was a scary team if Jovovic did not choke. Both AA and monkey were great today. Lisinac, as one of best active MBs, did very well, both at serve and attack. Congrats to Serbia.
AA's attack is very solid. Boyer is so disappointing today.
13:6 Congrats to Serbia to make the final.
8:2 What a nightmare for French audience.
Serbia is half way though the final
Serbia's block guessed well against Toniutti's pass.
France is on the edge
Toniutti is too conservative. MB is useless for him even though the reception is good.
Serbia has a dream start in set #5
2:2 tie break now
The set #5 is coming. If Serbia can turn this set around, I will shut up for a month.
Lyneel is very useful if he plays at his normal level.
He has a great serve, and as a left-hand OH, he is not afraid of the weak side.
Lyneel's reception and dig are as solid as Tillie.