Didn't she play as a non receiving OH and get subbed off in the back row for the libero?
Yu Junwei (Tianjin, OH/OP) will be going to a club in Serbia. Not sure which one so far.
Li Yingying is a new hopeful. Gong has improved her reception greatly since 2016 from having almost no reception so China can free up Zhu (I think she only takes 3 or 4 rounds of reception these days). Ding has gotten more stable and Yuan is better at block and attack too. Wang Mengjie is a great defender but she can't cover for the attackers in reception, like Popovic and Malesevic can have a 2 woman reception system.
Honestly, Hui's stats were not very good in Rio (but she did play well vs Serbia). I think Zhang is like Hui, but physically stronger attack and weaker reception.
What's interesting to me is that in Rio, Serbia had a starting 6+libero that they did not change much, whereas China had one starter for sure and the other 5 were a toss up. In the WC in 2019, China had 7 starting players for every single game (+ Li Yingying) but now Serbia has more options in OH2 and both middles, although Milajlovic, Ognejovic (sorry can't spell her name) and of course Boskovic will definitely start. So it will be interesting to see the types of roster change.
Either way, China and Serbia haven't played full-strength since the 2016 final and they have developed a lot in the last two years. I hope they meet in the final.
What's all this talk about Piccinini? I thought she retired.
MVP: Zhu Ting
Best OHs: Li Ying-ying, Zhang Chang-ning
Best OPs: Louisa Lippmann
Best MBs: Yuan Xin-yue, Wang Yuan-yuan
Best Setter: Yao Di
Best Libero: Wang Meng-jie
Best Coach: Wang Bao-quan
Wang Bao-quan ... could get it because Chen You-quan wasn't good surely. World Club Championship 2019 proved it.
Yao Di got the award as the same as Wei Qiu-yue got the one in 2010 WCH.
PS: The third place of MBs is Sasa Planinsec.
Where did you see this? I've looked everywhere and can't find it.
Is everyone ready to watch another Oscar deserved movie between Serbia and Japan? I'm curious how good it will be?
I guess it can't be better than what they did in 2012 Olympic Qualification Tournament. But it might be better than WCH'18.
Ps; I guess Japan-Serbia will play in last day of group phase. Serbia will already ensure first place in the pool...?
Yes they will play last day because they're nos 1 and 2 in group. Same should be for China and USA in group b
The reason Brazil, USA, China and Japan always remain on top. It is because of course they invest a lot in volleyball and they have millions of girls playing the sport. But mostly important, the reason they always stay among the top teams is simply because they have no competition in their region, so their spot in any major tournament is always a guarantee.
Netherlands finished 4th in the OG and WCH. But now they did not qualify for the OG. But if they had to play against Thailand, DR, Argentina, they would have qualified easily. And once in the Olympics they could still fight for a medal.
Brazil, China, USA and Japan all went through some generations that were not so good...but still they played in every major tournament. European Teams can`t afford that. In order to compete or stay on the top they gotta truly be the best of the best.
Take Serbia as a example. It is uncertain if they will be in Paris. But if they had to compete against Argentina, DR, Thailand.....It would be certain they will be in Paris because even if their level drop, that would still be enough to beat Argentina, DR, Thailand,Korea.
But Russia also remains on top since forever and they have to compete in Europe. It's not like they have been as strong as they used to (certainly below Serbia and Italy atm) but they still qualify for the major tournaments like WC, WCh, and OG
Kim Yeon Koung dated Nootsara, but they broke up. Kim broke Nootsara's heart by cheating with Natalia. Rumours are there that Kim had a one-night stand with Larson though so they may break-up. And she chose Natalia over Lloyd. Also Larson and Neslihan had a trio with Maja Ognjenovic.
'Don't you guys think Zehra and Zhu Ting's relationship is getting really intense?'
I wish we had so much more of these posts that>>>>>>>european spots
Btw for the record, these are all rumours I have actually seen people write somewhere on the internet
btw the contrast between Turkish posts in Stysiaks IG vs Smarzeks IG comedy gold
The crazy people in IG are there probably bcs as I said it entered #1 in twitter and with that the mainstream and the toxic masculine hooligans that we see often in football, tennis, basketball and every sport all around the world have entered. It is also really about perspective and how you look at things really a lot of times. I wish we lived in a world where we could complete ignore things as ethnicity, color, sexuality etc. but we have a way too long road ahead of us for that.
are the comments in Turkish, Polish, or English? If it's English I might go check it out haha
that's one thing i love about this forum. the drama
I think if russian athletes participate under the Olympic flag , Serpentine system ranking may change , What do u think about that?
certainly balances out the groups if Russia plays under olympic flag and is seeded last (and it definitely favours them). And it won't be good for Korea.
A: Japan, Serbia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Russia.
B: China, USA, Italy, Korea, Turkey, Kenya
A: Japan, Serbia, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Russia.
B: China, USA, Italy, Korea, Puerto Rico, Kenya
you should list the host city,time shedule,and the arenas
Schedule starts at July 26 and is every second day (26, 28, 30, Aug 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) with the latter 3 days being QF, SF, F.
I only know the schedules for Japan and China. They will play their group stage opponents in decreasing rank. So, CHN-USA and JPN-SRB will be last day.
This year's VNL will be everyone's testing grounds expect for USA and Brazil
I'm sure they will rotate a lot but definitely will play their best line up at least in one of the legs.
China will probably play A team for a couple of legs and send B team to finals again.
Groups depend on result of Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic later today.
if Dominican Republic wins:
Japan (Host, 7)
China (1) Serbia (3) USA (2) Brazil (4)
Korea (9) Italy (8)
Dominican Republic (10)
Kenya (19) Turkey (12)
If Puerto Rico wins:
Japan (Host, 7)
Serbia (3) USA (2)
Brazil (4) Russia (5) Korea (9)
Argentina (11) Turkey (12)
Puerto Rico (13)
You joking? Japan is 100% making it out of that weaker group at their home olympics.
Could they beat Serbia/Brazil? They lost to Korea convincingly in Rio, the World Cup and Asian Games, not to mention Korea always brings their best game to the Olympics. And with the Dominican Republic you never know..... they're kind of a crazy team.
I'm not saying they have no chance, but it would depend on their matches with Korea and Dominican Republic.
SRB vs. RUS
KOR vs. TUR
BRA vs. CHN
DOM vs. ITA
QF matchup predictions.
Then: SRB vs TUR
CHN vs. ITA
Finals: SRB vs. CHN yet again.
USA hasn't lost to Russia in years.
"If the dogs' prayer is accepted, it would rain bone from the sky."
A turkish proverb to all haters.
Proud of with my girls! Go Hande, Eda, Naz, Zehra, Meryem, Simge, Meliha and of course legend of himself Giovanni Guidetti.
That's funny. I'm gonna keep it in my bank for future use