Posts by Ksyusha

    I don't know how in other countries but in Russia players can't choose the coach because they don't have such a right. This is a very similar situation, they told us Romava was injured but the reality was different, she wasn't selected. Busato said they gave the players a rest but yesterday even Godina said that the players refused to play in the Ech. Why would they refuse the coach's invitation if they chose him.


    after the game against Belarus, they asked Kadochkina why the team had such a difficult time against Belarus and did they even analyze the game of opponent. Kadochkina said that was a very difficult question and smiled. After that she said we are trying. But she didn't answer the original question and original question was like this, did they analyze the game of opponent before the match.


    I definitely agree with inc0gnito on this, he has good players around and they are saving his life at crucial moments. Gracheva and Godina said ech was the third tournament for Arina and they both were not in favor of a 17 yo player being overused like this.

    Startseva asked how and with whom she has to play during timeout and Busato said Belarus is a weak opponent. Startseva after that tried to ask it second time and Busato said the same thing Belarus is a weak opponent and you have to win it. After that, Startseva didn't ask it again and she tried to play how she could and ignore him. Gracheva said with a sad tone that we are leading against Belarus thanks to individual skills of our players. She literally said that the individual skills of the players saved us against Belarus today.

    I understand that players who were not invited by Busato earlier this year resused to play. And the teams obviously want their players preparing for the club season instead of having them back tired and maybe even injured just before the season. If Russia had a team with a chance to win the situation might have been different...

    It seems to me that Busato is better at destroying players confindence than building it. Kapustina had a good club season (her reception was never above average though) and now looks to be afraid to come on court. Even in attack she seems to afraid to make a mistake (only Goncharova made more points then her last club season)!

    Exactly. I totally and literally agree with your post. It sometimes can be difficult to explain this to people who don't watch the Russian League and don't know the capabilities of the players. Unfortunately, not only Kapustina but other players are also playing under their usual level. Voronkova was a commentator today and she praised Pipunyrova during the game. Voronkova said that if the coaches work on her skills and Pipunyrova is as strong as Fedorovtseva. Voronkova said it was very very difficult to block Pipunyrova's attacks during training process. Voronkova said she could play in ECH but she didn't want for some reasons ( you explained it in your post above).


    As for Kapustina, even Karpol had praised her (he usually doesn't praise the players no matter how good the player is) and wanted to see her in his team. She even had offers from D.Moscow.

    I didn't want to write this until you asked. Everything may look different from the outside, but the atmosphere in the team is not good rn. I was very disappointed when Buzato said we gave the players rest but the reality was different. Buzato invited them, but the players refused to play. Actually, he was surprised that the players refused his invitation (not only these players, there are other players that I know refused his invitation). It all started when Malygina was invited to the NT and it's been five years but it's like nothing has changed "Groundhog Day". After that, the players were complaining about his untimely substitution during VNL which destroyed the rhythm and self confidence of players. You know what happened after that, he said he prefer tall players, the Olympic squad was criticized by everyone including ex volleyball players etc. I don't want to go into more details. It seems to me, in a day a person can destroy the reputation he/she has earned for years.

    I agree with ignorans on this, I also don't mind taking young players, but when all this is done with a plan, it works very well indeed, not randomly. Everyone almost says that the setters reach their peak at the age of 28-30, and when you take a 19 yo girl , you limit your team because you have 2 setters in the team, if one of them is young and experienced, you will be forced to play with one setter , no matter how she plays , you will depend on one setter, even if she is off. This is still a big mystery to me, Kotova and Enina didn't play in VNL and all of sudden, why Kotova was included in the team with three days left until the Ech. It is obvious that they don't have enough time to adapt the team, and the team chemistry is important and you can't do it during 3-4 days. When you have an opportunity to take 14 players to Ech, why 12 players? I don't want to go into details, it is what it is.

    Is Chaplina still Active?

    Yes, she was the third best receiver in the Russian League this year. Even at the beginning of the season, Chaplina performed better than Voronkova and that's why her team defeated Loko in the Russian Cup.

    The number of good OH is limited in Russia. But there are several decent OH who play in this position which is something Pilipenko and Smirnova did not do last season. Possible players with pretty good reception skills: M. Frolova, Chaplina, Zvereva, Shvchuk (attack is weaker than the others), Shcherban, Kotikova.

    Yes, kurilo is pregnant, Parubets is injured but still I can add three more names to the list Simonenko, Krotkova and Ezhak ( at least she is the current champion of the Russian league). Well, now the roster doesn't seem very limited to me if tbh. If we take two of them who have the better reception and more experience (Frolova, Chaplina), we can complete the roster in this position (Frolova, Chaplina, Voronkova, Fedorovtseva). Well, it's not like we need 15 outside hitters, or it is not like other national teams have 15 decent outside hitters with better reception. Well, it's not football, so we don't need 21 players, so we could complete the roster with two decent outside hitters (I'd go for Frolova and Chaplina, or Krotkova and Chaplina) imo.

    What is the root of the problem? Lack of good players on national level?

    maybe posters who don't watch the Russian league closely might think that Russia doesn't have good players but the reality is completely different. Even Karpol said in the interview that Russia should be medal contenders in OGs, because he thinks there are still very good players in Russia. He said if they wont get medals, then the problem with the coach.

    We always criticize Malygina, but we always forget to criticize the person who invites her to the national team. It is not like Malygina invites or calls herself to the nt. I can write at least the names of 9 MBs (Kotova, Lazarenko, Slyakhovaya, Evdokimova, Sinitskaya, Koroleva, Fetisova, Enina, Zaytseva) who are better than Malygina imo but the question why the coach invited her to the NT. If Lang Ping was the coach of the Russian NT, she could build 2 competitive NT from Russian players. In short, the root of the problem is the coaches not players or with other words, the lack of good coach at the national team level.

    I would cut Matveeva, and Efimova. Smirnova and Pilipenko to fill the OHs spot.

    At the end of the day, Busato can surprise us, he can cut both libero because of height. Frankly, the roster and selection is very experimental (3 OPPs, + Arina who recently converted to oh from OPP) to me, as if it is not Olympic squad. If Russian NT will play like they did in VNL, I'm sure Russia will cut Busato after Olympics. It is my two cents.

    She did. She said it was due to injuries (if i remember correctly). I think it's because she doesn't want to be reduced as a backup player when the coach already sees Goncha as the starter.

    few months ago Gamova was talking about it on TV and she wanted to play in the Olympics, but she didn't get invited. As far as I understand there is still drama between her and Marichev.

    Voronkova, Fedorovtseva, Smirnova, ??? God forbid Russia brings Scherban :gone:

    this question has been asked before and Sokolova said that they thought a lot and finally decided not to call Shcherban. I think they will take 2nd libero.


    Busato said in the interview that he will take the players who are in the best shape because the results of olympics will determine his future in the Russian NT and he can't risk it.

    Is Parubets still injured? Who could replace her?

    No, she isn't injured and she even could play in this tournament (VNL). According to her words, the coach staffs have decided that she won't play in this tournament in order not to risk her health. She is currently training with Uralochka and will join the nt after VNL.


    Krotkova could be a better option, even in this tournament imo. Her playing style is similar to Parubets so she could stabilize the reception line like she did it in Montreux Master 2018, but I doubt the coach even knew her.

    It's my personal opinion. Unfortunately, I think the biggest problem comes from Russian clubs. They buy the players today but they give nothing to the players in turn. That's why Russian players always make simple mistakes and sometimes even childish mistakes when they play for the NT. Personally, I find the pyramid system useful for them. Let me talk a little bit about this system. The purpose of this system is to prepare the players for the nt in their clubs. They teach everything, how to receive, serve, set, defence, and minimalize unforced errors etc. Most importantly, they always keep players in a good shape. Unfortunately, when Russian players come to the nt from their clubs, they always seem out of shape. Ofc, players need to learn a lot of things in their clubs with the help of this system and the best ones should be taken to the nt because there is not much time in the nt to improve/or learn everything from scratch. Fe, olimpics will start in 2 months and then ECH. yes I know, they are inexperienced and I know, some of them play for the nt for the first time. as Gracheva said they will play in the Ech, even some of them will be selected to the OGs and no one will pay attention to such things there. Ofc, you can win and lose, this is not even problem, VNL is the best place to see weak lines and improve it but there are some mistakes that are unacceptable imo or let's say alarming. I know it's first week, let's hope they will improve day by day.

    Are there chances we'll see Lazarenko and Enina in NT in this tournament?

    Not in VNL, but Sokolova talked about it a few days ago on Instagram and said that Lazarenko would be invited to the national team when needed. It may even be this year (OGs or Ech) if the performance of MBs in the national team does not satisfy the coach.

    Having Malygina, Brovkina, and Gorbunova on the roster is unreasonable, first, they must be among the best of the Russian League and then be called :down::whistle:

    I totally agree with you on this matter. Having Lazarenko in the national team today would have saved us in the most difficult moments.There is noo need to even talk about her connection with Lazareva because they have been playing in the same club (D.Krasnodar) for two years and they will play in Kazan next year, so Lazareva could use Lazarenko too much.

    When there is a possibility to switch players (after 3rd week), I do hope Malygina and Brovkina will be replaced by Kotova and Efimova, and Gorbunova with Lazareva and Parubets. It would be better if such experiments (Malygina, Brovkina, Gorbunova) were done in clubs, not in the NT because there is not much time for such an experiment in the NT.

    Actually, Anya had injury and muscle pain before she got infected with covid. I talked to her three days ago and she said she will play in vnl. Afaik, Romanova also suffer an injury and unfortunately, Parubets is also not fully recovered but fortunately, there is hope that they will play (including Malova) in vnl.


    As for Lazarenko matter, there is good news, few days ago, the coach staff said that they have talked to Lazarenko and from what I understand they wont ignore her completely and they will invite her to the national team when needed (it could be even this year and/or next year).

    Adding to the Malygina discussion, even if she plays MB in NT I doubt she can compete with Koroleva in attack as the former is as slow as a turtle.. so her main purpose will be blocking due to her 'great height' but then Fetisova is already there and is second-to-none in this element :super: For this reason, I would take Kotova as third MB to Tokyo, she is a pretty balanced MB and at least can be useful as serving specialist

    the problem is that the players who we like today, they have played in Uralochka (Koroleva, Enina, Evdokimova, Kotova). Let's not forget, Karpol had a big impact on those players. I wonder if Koroleva would have played well today if she hadn't played in Uralochka.

    I'm not a fan of Malygina but Goncharova, Kosheleva said something like this, there are some players who are very good at training "behind the scenes" but don't perform well on the court because they don't get supports/tactics from coaches (is she one of these players?), because Malygina is not the only tall player in the Russian league. Well, that's why I don't want to criticize because maybe he has a valid explanation.