Maybe I will watch matches on TVP I prefer Bamber-Laskowski duo than Kadziewicz. I don't know why not Ireneusz Mazur :c
Łukasik was in Italy to visit Elisa de Santis. I think she is not healthy. Some shoulder problems.
Hosts have been announced:
Pool A - Hosts are Poland
Pool B - Hosts are China
Pool C - Hosts TBC
Pool D - Hosts: Brazil
Pool E - Hosts: Russia
Pool F - Hosts: Italy
The host of Pool C is still unknown
It is confirmed that Pool C will take place in USA (city TBC). Host cities in other groups are Wroclaw (POL), Ningbo (CHN), Belo Horizonte (BRA), Kaliningrad (RUS) and Catania (ITA).
No team is traveling with 25 players to Japan. Costs for the federation are too damn high
The reasoning for the 25 player rule is to prevent last minute changes by teams. Additionally teams are limited with how many coaches on the bench and traveling party (PR, translators, etc.)
This is already used in past tournaments. Coaches still have to narrow down to 14 before the tournament.
Look if you've got essentially 4 teams of 6 (liberos could be in there as well), you have enough players to practice in your home gym.
I know that no one will go to Japan with 25 players. However I can imagine that they can change few players later on. Before it was impossible to do in World Cup. You had to choose 14 players before first match and couldn't make any changes until the end.
FIVB will create a new test ranking beside the one which is in place at the moment. Instead of earning points for places in tournaments, the points in test ranking will be attributed for each match. After some time they will decide which ranking is better and represents good the strenght of each team.
More info about World Cup: Each team can register 25 players 6 weeks before the competition start. 14 players teams have to be determined 24 hours before start of the match. It means that you can travel to Japan with all 25 players and then change them everytime you need. This rule was introduced due to very short time between other tournaments and the start of World Cup. Prizes: winners 600k + 30k to fedaration, runner-ups 300k + 15k to federation, and 3rd place 100k + 10k to federation.
World Cup will return as OG qualification tournament in 2023 and two best teams will earn a spot in Paris 2024.
PZPS wrote that the VNL finals will be changed however probably starting with 2020 edition. In new formula 8 best teams after prelimnary group phase will participate. It will play-off so 4 pairs and the winners advance to 1/2 final and then medal matches.
Polish federation wrote today that the qualification system will be like stated by FEVA. Since women's tournament has 2 hosts both of them are automtically qualifed, Serbia as WCH 2018 as well (they said that Boricic was opting against the rule that WCH defending team should be automatically qualified, this guy is just crazy and he is in charge of CEV...). Two teams from each confedaration will qualify via continental championships so no extra tournaments to be played. Then 24 non-qualified teams will play in 6 groups of 4 teams and 6 winners and 5 best runner-ups will get a ticket to WCH 2022.
As far as the formula of competitions. 1st round with 24 teams split into 4 groups of 6 teams. 2nd round - two groups with 8 teams each. It looks like it will be the same formula as in 2018.
After today match Bielsko-Rzeszów I see three strong canditates to NT from Rzeszow is MB KAmila Witkowska and from Bielsko are OHs Olivia Różański and Emilia Mucha. Wings in Bielsko were amazing today I hope That Nawrocki will not forget about them...
Well, we all know that Nawrocki isn't impartial and has his favourites and players he doesn't like too much And one of them is Mucha and I wouldn't be suprised if she doesn't get a call like for the second part of the season last year. I feel like she was only called because one of his favourties (Murek) had the final exams at the beginning of the VNL but after that Mucha was completely forgotten and without any chance to prove herself.
So, Russia did make it instead of Italy. I don't know what the criteria were, but the Italians shouldn't be to sad anyway. It's madness to even have this tournament after everything that will be played this summer.
It was top 2 teams per confedaration in World Ranking.
I think Bergamo's coach should be fired already, they won't make it to play-offs and it's disappointing. Their team is pretty good on a paper, but they can't deliver at all.
Those are exactly my thoughts too. Imo, he is not that good coach and the team is underperforming. The good thing is that Smarzek will end season at the end of March and then will have time to rest and prepare for VNL and tons of attacks in each match
According to an article posted by the Argentine Volleyball Federation today.
There will be a new set up for the qualification for 2022.
The host (Netherlands) and World Champions (Serbia) will qualify directly, which is the same as it has been.
However, for the remaining 22 slots in the tournaments, it will be done as follows.
The top two teams from continental qualification tournaments (AVC, CAVB, CEV, CSV & NORCECA) will automatically clinch their spots. So 10 of the 22 slots.
The remaining 12 slots will have 6 intercontinental pools of 4 teams. The the top two teams of each pool will qualify for the tournament.
I don't know if it will be exactly like this. Poland is also the host of WCH 2022, not only the Netherlands.
Lodz has their 2 main OH players injured plus Stysiak can't play CL.
They play Polish Cup this weekend. Brakocevic probably won't have time to recover and they depend on her to win.
I'm not sure if they can win against Russians.
No, the Polish Cup is not this weekend, it is in March 9-10.
Wow. Montreux ends on May 19, VNL starts at May 21 and later we have Olympic Qualification, European Championships and World Cup...
There is no other date to squeeze in Montreux. But I expected it to be before VNL. Nawrocki once said that it could be good for teams as preparation to VNL.
From what I heard Górecka is planning to leave LSK in the next season. She thought about it earlier but stayed in Poland because of the matura exam.
She moved from Mogentale to Dolata and I am sure that they will know what is the best path for her. I think that it could be for her a bit to early to leave Poland next season.
You wrote that Stysiak is the tallest OH ever. I don't know if it's true but for example Jana Kulan is 198 and plays as OH.
Thanks to you, I started checking how tall are the girls from U-16 polish NT. I see there is MB - Anita Libera 196 cm (16 yo), OH/Opp - Zofia Lis (16 yo, 196 cm), OH Karolina Drużkowska 191 cm (16 yo), setter Wiktoria Kowalczyk 188 cm (16 yo), OH Natalia Szmajduch 198 cm (16 yo).
Plus a lot of players 185-190 at the age of 14.
They finally understood that it is important for the girls to be high and physical. Let's hope that some of these girls will make it to high level. There are also some other girls with over 185 cm playing as OH (Czyrniańska, Piasecka, Lijewska, Szlagowska and Szczurowska) which is not bad.
Kasia is doing amazing in Brazil. Best score of the league...she`s done with the NT....but who knows...if she would be willing to help the NT just by playing these 3 games .....that would make Poland even stronger.
On which position? There is absolutely no place to fill in by Skowronska at the moment. She won't be first opposite over Smarzek. she won't play as OH either.