08. 01. 2017

VINTAGE VOLLEYBALL: Dutch exhibition – No-jump set by Blangé and „strange“ pipe by Zwerver (VIDEO)

Source: youtube.com/fwga2984; Photo: anp-archief.nl

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The 1988 Seoul Olympics was a tournament where legendary generation of the Dutch Men’s Volleyball National Team, that took gold medal in Atlanta eight years later, came into the light.


That generation of the Dutch Men’s Volleyball NT who delighted the nation by winning gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games had several stars in the team but their attack was mostly based on the connection between setter Peter Blangé and outside hitter Ronald Zwerver.

In the 1988 Seoul Olympics, in the match against Japan, these two performed an attack that can be called a „quick attack-pipe“. Blangé spiced it up with a no-jump set.

The Netherlands finished fifth in the men’s volleyball tournament in Seoul...


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POL M: Heynen criticizes EuroVolley format – “It’s not good for Volleyball”

Re: @~sadaf
Issue of his statement was that he asks for restricted, limited participation of NTs, due to of absence of tight matches...Moreover he had used the argument - results 3:0. So that I have used the statistics from other competitions, where should have been much more tight matches - like VNL, World Championship, due to of selection criteria . ( I did not treat the formula of VNL at all... )
The results of this small analysis are interesting, which I did not expected - see my previous comments. Remarkable indication is that the in final phases of these tournaments where had competed the strongest NTs, which should have been on the similar/same level, the percentage of matches which had ended 3:0 is higher as in a prelimenary phase, which is also pretty high. Especially when these NTs should have been the best in the world...

However a different question is - why was increased the numbers of NTs at European Championship?
Perhaps I will try to make some remarks on one aspect of that later on, from a volleyball fan point of view.. Reply

POL M: Heynen criticizes EuroVolley format – “It’s not good for Volleyball”

[@John Doek] Everyone criticised VNL, Heynen being one of them, when its formula was introduced. It is mainly the fault of VNL that there is so little time to rest and prepare for bigger tournaments in the second part of national season, there is too much matches to play. Reply