Posts by arevl

    It's called stress.

    Kurogo never suffered. She was never injured. Perhaps she was in extreme stress but that's something they all shared. In fact Nakada coddled her and was more concerned about her more than any of the players including Koga who got injured but still endured the worst of their situation.

    Let's not bring other players in. I am very much a fan of Sarina Koga as well. Even Ishikawa has her own stress. Everybody has different capacity to cope with stress. Inoshi08's comment about lack of mental health support is probably valid.

    Stress does causes potential sleep disorders.

    And if as you said its stress, then totally mental health is an issue.

    Interview from Kurogo 2 years ago. If her life philosophy was smile and good fortune will come she has definitely loss her smile.

    Where did you get this misinformation?

    Nakada expected too much from her, the rest of the Japanese public however weren't convinced and definitely were not impressed. People eventually started picking on her and the criticism piled up. It has nothing to do with insomnia.

    The insomnia was just a layperson observation from her dark circles from the general videos...I mean the contrast is pretty clear with her pale skin and seemed to get darker closer to Olympics. Its entirely possible she's sleeping well, although higher possibility that she's not getting sufficient sleep. Anyways insomnia is pretty common with sports people...…/2016/05/160519082056.htm

    Anyways just looking forward to her coming back stronger, as well as momii

    somebody said she comes across as a diva sometimes (she sulks in a bad way). Not a bad player really, She's back in training now but there seems to be no vacancy in the national team for her as of now. Manabe's current squad seem to be holding up well.

    Thanks for sharing! Hmm, not to defend her but its really hard to manage if one doesn't even have enough sleep. Plus I guess they had pressure due to JP hosting the olympics. Hard to function. Of course I do not know if she really has insomnia but the eye circles seem pretty serious. Anyways good to know JP has some good players in the wings, unlike Korea who is really struggling now after the trio KYK, Suji, Hyojin have retired.

    Hi All, pretty new to the Japan women's NT... Just curious what caused all this "general negativity" against Ai Kurogo?
    I mean this player is obviously suffering from insomnia due to her panda eye circles... Def seems to be under some emotional stress.

    Curious as to her past history and what do you all think about her future trajectory.

    Thanks for sharing!

    It looks like IBK Altos will replace Rebecca Latham with Daly Santana. Korean media reports that a contract with Daly is close to finalising and she will join the team in Round 3 after quarantine.

    Sources: 1, 2, 3

    Thanks for sharing! Commentors mentioning as well in the current game w GS. My pov is no foreign player would have done well except for anybody >= Ana Lazareva calibre.

    Rebecca Latham was a good sport who was mostly smiling/cheering her team on from the outside when she was subbed out. When she was performing well (due to poor sets occasionally), you could see she was also badly affected.

    Hope she finds a better team next time!

    Is it just me, i find this double sub always at awkward timing, when Rebecca or Choi Jeong Min find their rhythm, they are being subbed out.

    Elizabeth though, 40 points 52% attack rate well deserved win and MVP.

    IBK coach is very odd. And sometimes he calls them in for time out but doesn't say anything until the last 5 secs.

    Elizabeth - seems like she has quite a chipper personality. I think she is a great add on for the young Pepper team in terms of age and personality - personally I think the "best" foreign player this year as well.

    Loved her play today and she was always cheering her team on.

    Definitely hope Pepper team will get a few more wins esp against Expressway and Pink Spiders. Definitely looks do-able.

    KGC did fine w/o the coach on the court.

    In fact, I think some of the players felt that it was funny as you could see them laughing about it.

    It shows the good atmosphere on the court this season as compared to last season where there was some "bullying" of Yeum Hye Sun happening with that instagram fiasco.

    GS Caltex- Ahn Hye Jin -is suffering this season as she doesn't have Lutz/ Lee So Young to hit her not so accurate sets anymore.

    Overall still see Hillstate coming in first (if no major injuries and yasmin gets back her groove). and a close fight for 2nd between GS Caltex and KGC probably based on how things are going from Round 1.

    Wow such a spirited fight from Pepper team today.

    I'm now officially a fan.

    Pity the last serve (super anticlimactic from Lee Han Bi).

    If their main setter wasn't injured, I'm wondering if they would have done better and closed such of the other games. Lee Hyun is stable in her sets but unfortunately quite short so not very useful for blocking...

    I don't disagree they are playing "well". But ultimately their "well" is not good enough for the win vs GS Caltex or Hyundai Hillstate as ultimately they are still rebuilding with the lost of Lee Ja Young (and to a small extent Lee Da Young.

    Anyways the ball is round so let's see how they perform as the season progresses.

    Ultimately I think for them to be a championship contender, next year will be definitely one with a higher chance.

    i think kgc found their winning answer in Soyoung and Park Hyemin

    Just super happy that at least we have some competition this season with Lee So Young and Park Hye Min moving out from GS Caltex.

    Also glad both of them went together so that Lee So Young can take are of Park Hye Min... and provide some encouragement.

    Based on initial games I guess it will be GS Caltex vs Hyundai Hillstate with maybe KGC coming in a distant 3rd to provide some "excitement"...

    Yasmin just killed it and no doubt Hillstate will def look like a top contender this season. Which will be an amazing turnaround story from the last to the first.

    IBK was just really meh - mainly becoz of their setter - and I still feel Hee Jin is out of place as a center; and bet they must be missing Anna Lazareva!



    Why does Araki look so nervous/scared or whatever? She's the Captain

    It musn't be easy playing on homegrown with the expectations. Prob scared to lose...

    Honestly many of the players look nervous/ scared today... Koga seems to be the only one holding up well...

    Eh wahts up with Ishikawa today? (7/21) She seems to have had a melt down since the last 2 points from KR's 5 setter... Hope this goes to set 5 and JP can take this. But Ishikawa needs to wake up today..

    I mean let's be real. This is the first official match with Suji and Heejin back. Heejin doesn't seem to using her power which was odd. Our libero, of course, not being a libero. Oh Ji Young is just useless (I'm sorry but not sorry). Korea played a good 2nd and 3rd match though. First was uber rough.

    Agree this libero is such a minus/ huge deficit. They should just play Lee So Young as libero as there is really nobody now.