Don't take it to heart. QLP used that hyperbole as a shorthand for "old school volleyball", something you yourself seem to acknowledge Russian league was known for. I'm afraid the reputation stuck, and the successes of Russian NT and Russian clubs in the last decade notwithstanding, it's not like that reputation is completely without merit. That old school style can still achieve some level of success in modern volleyball, especially when carried by such talents as Goncharova and Kosheleva (at her height). Doesn't mean there aren't some intrinsic flaws and drawbacks to that style (including aesthetic appeal).
i don't take it to heart. There are two way of expressing your opinion. (normal way and provocative). The latter one is the main reason why i distance myself from this forum. He could say that I don't like the level of this league or it is not like it used to be. When someone says something about Carlini, he finds it provocative but he also do it here many times. OTOH, you also react things when you disagree about Maja and certain players. In his case, Russian league was a scapegoat because of Carlini's current performance. I wonder who is responsible for Carli Lloyd's case ? Turkish league ? To me, recently Hancock and Poulter overplayed Carlini in all aspect of their plays.
He probably doesn't know there are many youth girls from Belarus who wish to play in Russian league. Most of them live and play with this dream. Calling this league ghost ship, you probably need to count at least 20 or more better leagues than Russian one. Do we have 20 better leagues than Russian league in the worldwide ?
anyway, if this league really was a ghost ship league, world's best setter Maja wouldn't sign with two teams at the same. Before Moscow, she had all agreements with Loko, when Loko was ready to announce this transfer last year, she signed for the D.Moscow.
Russian league was built around local players or cheap foreign players (belarusia, ukraine). You probably need at least 100 strong local players to boost every team of this league which is not easy in women's volleyball. So far, it works well for men's league in comparison to women's.