Posts by Husky123

    In the 4th set when Brazil was leading 16-13, after the tech timeout, Gabi goes to serve and Clayton Lucas says " Gabi getting instructions from her daddy. It is a interesting dynamic when you have family members on the court" He goes on to compare Gabi-Ze Roberto with Bruno-Bernardinho.

    I can`t believe he said that....has anyone been able to watch the replay and confirm he did say "daddy"?. I just wanna be 100% sure....and this truly Clayton Lucas? For me they all sound the same and I can`t who is who anymore.

    We need to let him know......this is simply embarrassing.

    I guess he thought that Ze and Gabi are family because they have the same last name... Guimaraes :lol:

    My mistake. Peña is out of the Panamerican Games :flower:

    Russia - Universiade 2019

    S: Pankov, Poroshin

    OH: Bogdan, Ursov, Surmachevsky, Pakshin

    MB: Konovov, Melnikov, Belogortsev

    OP: Klets, Yakovlev

    L: Krivitchenko

    Verbov is the coach... and Semyshev isn't in this list. So... will he be part of Team A in future competitions?

    Are you even watching Russia's games in its entirety? Kobzar has definitely been the better setter overall. Leadership skills notwithstanding, he sets the balls to the middles better, is more scrappy in defense, and can "turn up" the team in the crucial moments. I love Kovalev but the only thing going for him is his block, that is why he is now mainly used as a blocking substitute towards the end of the sets.. Lastly, stats don't tell the whole picture, if you are able to I suggest you watch the replays of these matches in particular: RUSxJPN, RUSxSRB so you would see how Kobzar is currently the better setter.

    I think that Kobzar is good with Poletaev, Yaroslav, Kurkaev, Yakovlev, etc because they play "fast" volleyball. But I don't think that he will be useful when Maxim, Dmitry, Kliuka, Volvich come back... That's the reason why Kovalev needs to be ready in the principal competitions. If he fails, Grankin should return to NT.

    Pd: In the future Abaev (19y-o) will be the principal setter. I hope that this happens in Tokyo :rose:

    The main problem is that they are The main problems are the setters and the OH substitutes.

    In my opinion Starteva is OK, but she wasn't in her best level in that VNL. Romanova plays really fast and the players who plays fast in NT are Parubets and Kadochkina.

    And, Kosheleva, Kurilo and Khodunova (she in the next year) could be good OH substitutes. Obviously each player must be in her best level if Russia wants to get something :win:

    Enina and Stalnaya will also participate in Universiade. There's a rumor that the best player of Universiade team will have a chance to join main Russian NT.

    I think that Enina and Evdokimova are better than Orlova and Zubareva. Stalnaya won't probably participate in Universiade... she is just training in a large list of players (?) hahaha.

    Wow ...14th place at the standing table in a VNL?.. hard to see and believe. Had this ever happened before ?

    Yes, but in the WL 2012 (male competition). Russia was the worst team in that competition (because they played with the team B).

    WEEK 5

    Brazil - Italy 1-3

    Turkey - Belgium 3-0

    Belgium Brazil 1-3

    Turkey - Italy 2-3

    Belgium - Italy 0-3

    Turkey -Brazil 3-1

    Bulgaria - Serbia 2-3

    China - Germany 3-0

    Serbia - Germany 1-3

    China - Bulgaria 3-0

    Germany - Bulgaria 3-1

    China - Serbia 3-0

    Netherlands - Thailand 3-1

    Russia - USA 1-3

    Netherlands - USA 2-3

    Russia - Thailand 3-1

    Thailand - USA 0-3

    Russia - Netherlands 2-3

    Japan - Poland 1-3

    South Korea - Dominican Republic 1-3

    Poland - Dominican Republic 3-2

    South Korea - Japan 1-3

    Japan - Dominican Republic 2-3

    South Korea - Poland 0-3

    So Russia is 5-1 after two weeks of VNL. It will be interesting if the coaching staff decides to use the same roster for the third straight week or will have some changes.. The 3rd week is the make or break week whether they will qualify to Final 6, and their next opponents are: Poland, Canada, and Iran.

    Voronkov, for such a very short time against the game with Italy, made a good impression. If management decides to rest either one of Volkov or Kliuka, I think he can be a good replacement.

    PS. And what's up with the other libero Martynyuk, he barely played at all the past two weeks :what:

    after Rusia vs Italy, Voronkov said that he thought he will play in the 3rd (Iran) and 4th week (Brazil) and he was surprised that he plays few minutes in the last game... so it's probably that Russia gives a rest to Volkov and Kliuka.

    WEEK 4:

    Russia - South Korea 3-1

    Italy - Bulgaria 3-0

    Bulgaria - Russia 0-3

    Italy - South Korea 3-0

    South Korea - Bulgaria 3-2

    Italy - Russia 3-1

    Belgium - Netherlands 2-3

    Germany - Dominican Republic 2-3

    Dominican Republic - Netherlands 1-3

    Germany - Belgium 3-1

    Belgium - Dominican Republic 1-3

    Germany - Netherlands 3-2

    Serbia - Thailand 0-3

    Japan - Brazil 1-3

    Brazil - Thailand 3-1

    Japan - Serbia 3-0

    Brazil - Serbia 3-0

    Japan - Thailand 3-0

    USA - Turkey 3-2

    China - Poland 3-1

    Poland - USA 1-3

    China - Turkey 3-1

    Turkey - Poland 3-2

    China - USA 3-2

    I think that Russian Team B should be...

    Oh: Iurinskaia, Kotikova, Kuznetsova and Vorobyeva

    Op: Khaletskaya, Russu

    Mb: Lazarenko (if Orlova takes her spot in the Team A), Zaytseva, Zubareva

    S: Matveeva, Ryseva

    L: Kurnosova

    although today we lost the game against Serbia, there is one positive thing for me. Kurilo got 12 pts (52%), Parubets 14 pts (37%). Kurilo's statistics is better than Parubets even if Parubets needs some time for adaptation. Kurilo can be our "hidden weapon" in other tournaments. She can be sub for Parubets or Voronkova. Honestly, I do not think Kurilo is weaker than Parubets but I'm not a head coach of our NT to decide it. Iurinskaia also can be another sub for Parubets or Vorobkova IMO. I definitely do not want to see Khaletskaia in main NT, even 16y.o Kadochkina may be better OPP than her. If Kosheleva decides to play and I think Kadochkina or Iurinskaia will be out.

    OH: Voronkova, Kurilo, Parubets and Kosheleva

    OPP: Goncharova and Kadochkina

    Nobody else :cheesy: