05. 04. 2020

By Mark Lebedew: The Legend Of Savin

Source: www.marklebedew.com; Photo:CEV

Author: Mark Lebedew

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I have already written about Aleksander Savin’s status as a volleyball legend.  As a kid growing up in the volleyball world, his name was the greatest that I heard even if I never came close to seeing him live.  I have been spending my current free time watching videos from his era.

 

In TV videos that I have seen he is constantly talked up by American commentators as one of the greatest players in the world.  In the latest video I was watching, there is some idea of the regard he was held in by his competitors.  As far as I can tell this video is a USA National Team scouting video and contains commentary by one of their extended staff members.  Most players are situations are referred to by numbers.  Savin is always referred to by name.  Often with added comments.

  • “When he gets a hole in the block he doesn’t hit for that hole in the block, he dinks for that hole in the block.”
  • “Tricky guy. Tricky guy.”
  • “He is not an inspired person tonight” (Note: He ended the match with over 30 points, and hit at nearly 70% in first tempo)
  • “Savin floats across about 8 feet above the net.”
  • “Savin’s got about a 27 foot sideways broad jump and almost got there.”
  • “The famous Savin tip. Goes up, looks around, sees where there’s some orange on the floor and tips right there.”
  • “Put away by Savin.  High above the mere mortals in the block.” (Note: The US team included ‘mortals’ such as Timmons, Powers, Buck, Kiraly)

The video below shows him scoring his attack points.  You can clearly see how he sees the block and hits around, through, over what he sees.  ‘Legendary’ seems like an eminently fair description.  And like always, I enjoy how he prowls around the court almost as much as his volleyball actions.

 

 

About Mark Lebedew:

Mark Lebedew authors the At Home on the Court Blog. He coaches professionally in Poland with Aluron Virtu CMC Warta Zawiercie. That follows five seasons Germany where his Berlin Recycling Volleys won three straight league titles and a CEV Champions League bronze medal. He has prior professional experience in Belgium and Italy. Mark is also Head Coach for the Australian Men’s National Team. 

Mark partnered with his brother and father to translate and publish "My Profession: The Game", the last book by legendary Russian coach, Vyacheslav Platonov. 

With John Forman, he is behind the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project (link http://volleyballcoachingwizards.com/) which identifies great coaches from all levels, making their experience, insights, and expertise available to people all over the world. The project has produced multiple books, a in e-book format available here ( link to http://bit.ly/34yakou ) or in print at Amazon here (link https://amzn.to/2JRqTE6)

 

 

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By Mark Lebedew: The Best Player You Might Have Heard Of...but have probably forgotten

Older video, records and analyses, editing, research by Mark Lebedew are very interesting. I take his work as priceless.. No one else do such a work...He provides us with many volleyball jewels, observations.. In past we often could not see many top tournaments, or matches on TV ….There was no Internet, no YT. Only very limited TV ... We often did not know the background, problems on some tournaments - see e.g. what happened during Italy vs Netherlands OG 1992, on M.L. YT channel, and how it had influenced a final with Brazil..
In time of pandemic, we can take a lesson from some former activities on courts . In past there was a much more decent behaviour during matches, avoiding useless personal contacts , no so and such intimacy as nowadays, no expressive shouting as is a current rule after killing spike or blocks, ourts... Only at the end of the match, tournaments emotions were same as now... (Now we see on 75 and more the useless, risky, ritual teamś hugging per a match) .. Moreover until 1998, volleyball was for TV fans very friendly - due to of a perfect visible. recognizable white ball. Since this time, the screen fans eyes suffer - volleyball has become a pantomime on screens.
Moreover the game was much more smoothly - no so many and so long interruptions as nowadays.. Majority of referees had a respect..
I suppose, if volleyball wants to survive this pandemic crisis, it will have to return to some above mentioned procedures.. Systematically...

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