23. 07. 2019

CHN W: Beijing will try to defend national title with duo of 2-time consecutive VNL winners

Source: chinadaily.com.cn

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Another Chinese Women’s Volleyball top division side completed with the forming of a foreign duo for the next season – the champions Beijing.

 

Apart from keeping an American middle blocker, a 2-time consecutive FIVB Volleyball Nations League gold medalist, Tori Dixon for one more season, Beijing hired her compatriot Michelle Bartsch-Hackley.

A 29-year-old U.S. national team outside hitter is coming to Beijing after having a highly successful season behind her. Bartsch became the CEV Champions League winner with an Italian side Igor Gorgonzola Novara and also won the national Cup. She almost missed out on clinching the Italian title as her team lost to Imoco Volley Conegliano in the playoff finals. The most valuable individual recognition that Bartsch has received so far in her professional career was the MVP of the 2018 FIVB Nations League, which she won with the United States that year and this year as well.

Recall that Chinese League runners-up Shanghai also filled the foreign quota for their 2019/20 roster.

 

See our sections - Transfers - Done Deals and Transfers - Rumors.

 

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WC 2019 W: Brazil beat weakened team of Serbia in thriller, China win Asian derby

Because the VNL consists of teams that have been invited by the FIVB, rather than have truly qualified for it based on competitive criteria. These teams (e.g. Belgium & Slovenia with the men) would unjustifiedly lose a lot of points on the ranking because they didn't pay the FIVB enough to participate. on the other hand weak teams like South Korea would see their ranking go up just purely by participating.

In its current format the VNL is nothing but a worthless demonstration tournament of friendly games... :-(
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WC 2019 W: Brazil beat weakened team of Serbia in thriller, China win Asian derby

The results of the VNLs don't give the participating national teams any points for the FIVB rankings. Does anybody or WorldofVolley has any idea, why? Reply

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