I'm sorry, the way I phrased that didn't reflect my exact thoughts. I was thinking that I was anxious to hear everyone's thoughts on Round 1, but especially Klazk because I have learned a lot from reading his comments. Somehow the way he explains it make sense to my brain.
Last Edit: Aug 2, 2012 19:43:55 GMT -5 by parkplace
Down goes Phil and Todd in 2 sets to the Italians. They just didn't seem to play up to their potential at these Olympics at all. Since when does Todd get roofed to the point he probably got a headache?
Italians played well, but American played like "sewage" in the words of Jake Gibb when interviewed about some of their play in their lost in pool play.
Big result today - Maria/Antonelli go down to Kolokova/Slukova in three, knocking out the Brazilians. That's good news for Kessy/Ross, who play the Czechs next round to get into the semifinals. The Czech team is good, no doubt (although Misty/Kerri handled them in two during pool play), but it's a much better matchup for Jen and April. Now they don't have to run the gauntlet of playing Maria/Antonelli and (most likely) Larissa/Juliana back-to-back to get into the finals.
Post by londonwatcher12 on Aug 4, 2012 20:55:40 GMT -5
I am calling biggest upset for Sunday: Italy Women defeat May/Walsh in 3 sets! Don't think Misty and Kerri have enough left to play two days straight. The Dutch women played like crap today and beat themselves. Misty & Kerri didn't have to do too much at all!! Misty looks like she is out of gas! First tough team they have to play is on Sunday with no days rest! Sorry.
I realize the Olympics must ramp up the pressure, etc., but in a normal FIVB event, you usually play two matches a day (more, in the contenders' bracket), not one every other day. USA/AVP events often had 3 or 4 matches day for a team. Given that the Dutch didn't really challenge May/Walsh, having to play two days in a row doesn't seem like that big of deal.
Not that anyone should underestimate the Italians.
Major beatdown of the Italians. As Johnbar noted, conditioning isn't an issue - the Olympics are the exception, as every other tournament has teams playing one or more matches every day.
And never underestimate the value of Olympic experience. Rookie teams have never felt the pressure of an Olympic knock-out match, and it showed in Misty and Kerri's past two matches. Like Keiser/Van Iersel before them, Cicolari and particularly Menegatti melted down in the spotlight. Both of those teams will be back in Rio and I would expect them to have stronger performances. Sometimes a rookie team can rise to the occasion (like Nicolai-Lupo), more often the pressure gets to them.
Now the test really starts for May/Walsh. I think China is the toughest matchup for them out of any team left in the Games. The Chinese are experienced (bronze medal in Beijing), young, and huge. I think May/Walsh will actually be slight underdogs.
Post by londonwatcher12 on Aug 5, 2012 14:03:54 GMT -5
I didn't expect the young Itailian team to play that terrible. Not sure if Kerri and Misty made them look bad or if the nerves got to them. I agree, the Chinese team is very very good. Should be a good one!