Posts by Raf

    This is some of the most ridiculous thinking. If France is a better league, and she wanted to try playing overseas, under a Nakata system, you basically were excommunicated from the national team for some stupid reason.

    you mean to tell me that a coach who know the best players in Japan (and theoretically around the world) is just going to say no to players going overseas being in the national team. Let’s ask Yuka Sano, Maiko, Kimura if they got back in the national team with him coaching…..oh wait no problem. Got it

    Japan practices way too long with the National team in the spring anyways.

    except inoue is neither a sano nor a saori. maiko kano is the worst example as she did nothing in europe to redeem herself. inoue has been with the nt as an extra either for nagaoka, kurogo or barely even used at all and she certainly stood no chance this vnl either. what's with the blind faith all of a sudden? weird

    Hawi is a strong hitter but she doesn't angle her shots properly. Shion isn't able to do that either. Nishikawa has short bursts compared to Hayashi so they usually use Tanaka before Nishikawa and Drews.

    Tanaka is league level only. She'd do way worse than Uchiseto.

    Setting aside the Japan/Thailand theories, I didn't get the part about how the big Euro people :

    "... the European Leagues, National and CEV, were just finished and Top Players are still human and in need of rest" ... for "building strength & endurance"

    How does that work ?

    I don't know but it's all too vague and lacking any kind of logical data. He didn't even follow it up with any specific methods. The fact that anyone is readily believing anything he posts is kind of yikes. Not to mention he's using those so called empty essays to promote some kind of training camp.

    As long Manabe doesn't change Inoue as a starter they will continue to flop. Inoue is the weakest link.

    Also, since she's being sent to France next season her chances of being called back to the NT are slim.

    I'm not sure if he currently has a team here but if I'm not mistaken, he does sports clinic. I enjoy reading his posts even though I don't agree with some of them (like Hancock over Carlini) but he does give some in-depth and logical explanations about volleyball which makes a lot of sense. (Like the one you posted earlier).

    It's not up to date and hardly accurate. He missed the part where Japan's new department head has changed and is no longer the one during Nakada's era. JVA got a new conditioning coach who formerly worked with Japan's most popular athlete, Yuzuru Hanyu (figureskater) so the technique as well as the endurance exercises they use is now very different than it was during Nakada.

    the main scorer doesn't necessarily have to be an opp, they can get an OH as long as they're capable of outscoring the other outsides. offense should be their focus.

    I meant Kojima. She seemed a little absent to me ... at least not up to the wow level she had been playing at

    She seemed fine to me in the last 3 sets. Less dedicated to be Koga's wingman but not terribly out of place during the match.

    I think I still prefer her style to Nyeme's.

    I want Momii to return next year and get her shot. I feel like if they added Miyashita again Manabe wouldn't let her play actively anymore.

    That will depend on her performance next season. With Shibata out of the way she's back to leading JT. Personally I'm interested to see how her chemistry with Karsta will be. I was never a big fan of Karsta so I'm curious how Momii will handle a different foreign player of course along with Hayashi, Nishikawa etc

    I posted about Kano discussing her salary with a baseball player. Kano never played an active role for the team so it's understandable that her pay was lower despite being an Olympic medalist. She was already an inhouse model for Mizuno and Champion by 2016 so she gets a bigger cut from those sponsors. She is now one of the highest paid former volleyball players which was revealed by PR Times.

    Another great example would be Ranna Shiraiwa who gets a bigger cut from brands/stores in her area than previously in Forest Kumamoto. None of those brands have any relationship with the club. As for the specifics, I don't know exactly how much she earns from those.

    Nagaoka is also doing side jobs under Bon Image Corp.

    Is Maiko Kano considered an "influencer"?

    Matthias  sloth  Sisko sorry for this but may I ask that you monitor these new users.

    The new users you let in recently all sound like 1 person and what are the odds that they're all trolling Japan's WNT thread but you won't find them anywhere else. They're not even trying to hide that it's just 1 person creating all these accounts.

    Mayu's biggest weakness is that she's easy to block and becomes overly predictable once she's out of that 'high'. Zehra didn't even have to stretch her arms to block her. She may be able to get away with it during V.League but for these tournaments she will undoubtedly become the target.

    I'd like to see more of Shimamura instead of Ogawa.

    We're seeing more Yamagishi since Kojima is starting to get off track. She's not good with pressure once the team is struggling. Very far from how Kobata was. Understandbly so since this is her first international experience.

    Eda really rattled Ogawa tbh. She couldn't concentrate at all.

    Ya ya my point is I don't think that it's that bad for her... YET. She's had very limited chances to even do anything much less in a game they're already struggling in.

    Well at least I know you're paying attention and not just swooning over Hannah being a complete mess

    I mean De Gennaro is in her mid-30s but still dives like a 20 year old Miyashita. I wouldn't rely so much on age. Besides Yamagishi has never been injured afaik. We'll just have to see in the next games.

    Not you making Moki an example. She's not at that level and you know it. Moki could fight a thousand Egonus with very little damage but that's not how it is with Yamagishi. PFU's chibi spiker could very well end Yamagishi.

    Yamagishi's case could be classified as having a bad day as oppose to Kotoe now being sluggish due to injuries. As much as I like Denso's super cute libero I don't see her as a more capable substitute for Yamagishi who is vice captain btw. I'm surprised that cutie even made the VNL roster. Victorina's libero has a wider ground coverage than her. I think it was even more difficult for Hanai when Plak was around.

    The problem is that 'bad day' may be a sign of something worse with her condition. She's older than Kobata. She's probably around Kotoe's age already. Kotoe is older than Shimamura.