Posts by Ksenia

    Well, unless Thompson can serve her team out from 5 down during a tie break, I don't think she'll ever near Egonu or Boskovic level.


    It takes more than carrying a scoring load.


    Goncharova have pretty much hit a road block because of her weak serve and in my opinion, that's as far as Thompson could ever go. Not that it's bad or anything because Goncharova is a very good opposite but not enough to win games on her own like Boskovic or Egonu.

    First of all, I am sorry, being off topic. I agree with you on this, but we should not forget Egonu (21y.o) and Boskovic (22y.o) is younger than Goncha. Goncha is 30y.o now. If you compare Egonu/Bosko with Goncha when she was 21/22, yes still they are better than Goncha imo.


    OTOH, I have to admit that Egonu and Bosko's teammates in their NTs are better Goncha's teammates. Goncha scored 35 pts against USA in WCH 2018 but it was not enough because her teammates didn't contribute a lot. It was not her fault. I don't think Egonu and Bosko win the games on their own, reception, defence of Serbian/Italian NT is better than Russian NT. Not to mention, how perfect is Maja's sets to her teammates. When she was in D.Moscow, Fetisova contributed a lot and even D.Moscow defeated Vakifbank in CL last year.

    :lol::lol:


    Goncharova should definitely not play all 5 weeks, otherwise she will be dead by the start of the Olympics. Busato should focus on serve receive and figure out Kosheleva`s role, and give Ramonova decent playing time.


    is Malova playing right now?

    Yes, she is playing for D.Kazan now. I think her new surname confused you:lol:. Her surname now is Podkopayeva.


    I hope she won't be dead:lol:

    Busato will probably try her OPP and OH during VNL.


    Do you think Russia will play VNL with A or B team?

    Yes, this is exactly what I think, Busato will probably try her in both position (OH and OPP) during VNL. I think Koshe won't play all the games as a main player in VNL. Whenever she destroys the reception line (thinking of her as OH), I think other players will immediately substitute her. I think there won't always be the same players on court. OTOH, when Goncha is on the back line, I think Koshe (thinking of her as OPP), and Romanova can substitute Goncha and Startseva.


    I think Russia will play with A team in VNL.

    There may be some changes from game to game. In the first game, for example, he can start with Startseva, in the second one with Romanova, or can give Goncha a rest last week.

    Didn't she play as a non receiving OH and get subbed off in the back row for the libero?

    Yup you right, she played as a non receiving OH in China. This is again what I assume, her position will be different in the national team (OH and Goncha's backup). If she will destroy reception line then I think Busato will take her off the game. AFAIK, Busato simply doesn't make his mind up about her position now. Let's wait and see.

    The most important thing for Italian NT is that Gennari(did I get it right ?) has great connection with Egonu !

    And She is playing with 4 players that are part of NT....

    There are a lot of strong Italian setters in Italian league, why Mazzanti is insisting on Malinov:what: Malinov's sets to Egonu were awful in ECH. To me, Italy is a big fave team in Olympics, if they don't insist on Malinov.

    to me Dutch NT was/is a little bit disappointing because other teams did not participate in any other tournament after the european championship, but Dutch NT participated in the World CUP and played 11 games, probably training games were more than 20 days. But Djenkema's sets to her teammates are really not good at all. Plus, she had more times to work on and improve it in the WC. OTOH, I think Grotheus should be on the court because the team needs a good reception.

    I am a girl and I can understand women's psychology, they are having a lack of self-confidence IMO. Caprara can be a good coach but not a psychologist, maybe Carlo Parisi could be more psychologist. Lyubushkina praised him too much when she had played in UYBA. Yes, female psychology is a bit difficult thing, for example, when you look in the mirror, if you don't like yourself, you can shut yourself in the rooms lol.

    when it comes to German NT, their psychology is better than their neighbor. They beat Russian NT then they beat Turkish NT, so their self-confidence is in very good condition. It's like a girl looks in the mirror and sees herself as a queen. OTOH, their reception line seems very good to me, Orthmann is really improving in Italy, it is undeniable to me. She contributes very well to the team both in attack and reception line, especially when it comes to reception line she is better than Buijs, Meijners and Daalderop imo. I wish success to all teams.

    First and foremost, congrats Turkey, Belgium once again confirmed my previous post. They played three days in a row, their head coach must skip the game against Germany especially after second set and focus more on today's game. They lost too power in that game IMO. OTOH, having Van Hecke on the bench would be more useful for them. It is too tough for them playing three days in a row IMO. I couldn't imagine how they would play if they reached the semi final. Four days in a row ? Poor Herbots.

    Maybe I'm being pessimistic in order not to be too disappointed later, but I don't really see Germany beating either Poland or Netherlands tomorrow :| Both are very physical teams, tall and powerful, and that's always hard to handle for Germany. But then, at ECH without Orthmann and with Poland playing at home, we took them to 5, so who knows...

    OTOH, your head coach is clever, he gave players some rest today. I can see the Olympic spirit in them (Athena vibes).

    if i was Belgium's head coach, I would try not to lose too much power in the game against Germany, especially after the second set. Because if they go to the semifinals, they'll play five days in a row. Van Hecke and Heyrmann should have been invited to the team, even as substitute players. Today they were forced against Croatia, even though they were clear fave on paper. It is not a good idea to win friendly games especially against the team you are going to play in the group because you show all of your capability to head coach of your opponent.

    The German national team defeated Russia in the European championship. I am not surprised with today's result. Lipmann is doing great job in China. Orthmann is helping her in attack is something which I expected it from last year. Hope they will keep this level until the end of the tournament. Congrats Deutschland 👏

    Ekaterina Gamova and Evgenia Startseva miss the game due to food poisoning. I sent the link so that you can read more.


    Gamova has/had interviews here in Russian language, I can send too much if you want. I didn't read or see such words. Ofc, I don't know if we're talking about the same person. Bcz, the person who I know, always has interviews in Russian language, still I can understand her.

    Gamova didn't even play at the 2015 European Championship, her performance wasn't good enough at WCH in 2014.

    when she said she won't participate in the Olympics, it was 2015. Daria Stolyarova played instead of her in D.Kazan, Gamova mostly was a bench player (2015/2016). Sokolova retired national team but she played for her club until the age of 41. But Gamova technically retired her career in 2015. It wasn't injury, AFAIK she had illness (relating to women). You can google it on russian sites, if you wish. Everyone said such things about Koshe be4 2016 OGs, but she participated in the Olympics. Startseva played in January (Olympic Qualification), if there was a problem with her, trust me they 100% won't let her participate in January EOGQ. OTOH, Pankova was a main setter, Babeshina and Startseva played at WGP in 2016. I don't have concerns about them, as Efimova said in interview, they always have doping tests.

    none of the athletes so far are talking about the root of the problem here , which iS their state sponsoring A net to dodge doping.

    you said in your previous post that you loved Goncharova very much, so I know that you may support the Russian national team, because of your beloved player, Goncha. TBH i understand you and your concerns, but don't worry, you will have a lot of chance to see your favorite player in the Olympics. I know all of your prayers for your beloved player, Goncharova:kiss:

    Ekaterina Efimova (interview): Now everyone is upset, but if we have to perform under a neutral flag, we will do. Of course, there is a big difference when you have a national flag and an anthem in competitions and when you perform without them. But in any case, you represent your country, and when you stand on the podium, you want your anthem to play and your flag to be raised.

    These WADA decisions are unfair. We, volleyball players, do not use doping. We have nothing to do with these problems. We always have doping tests, we have never been spotted in violations. These WADA decisions are a blow to the Russian sport. Some athletes, which were not noticed in the doping, may not be allowed at all. There is no certainty that all athletes will be allowed, still we do not know."