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Friday, July 21st 2017, 3:19am

Shinnabe has been solid this tournament. What I like about her is she is so elegant in her passing. Almost always puts it right where the setter can do the most with it. I often mention player A or player B being good at receiving/passing, but I'm really just talking about the passing part. The receiving part should go without saying. I'm not sure I understand why receiving a serve should be a problem for any one of the 10-20 women chosen as the best volleyball players in their country. Other skills, I guess.


Part of it depends on the coaching that the player had when learning the game. Russ Rose, Penn State coach, said that while players may focus on specific things for their position, all players must pass and set on his teams. This enables a well rounded player when needed.

Japanese culture is very much into practice makes perfect, so the serve receive teams take a ton of practice. Additionally, this has been a focus of the national team even in Manabe's last few years. Good passing leads to a better run offense. I want Japan using the middles to help the outsides. With good passing, that is possible, without it "everyone go towards Koga" to block.

Plus with only 3 main targets (middles only take the ball when it hits the net or is too short) in serve receives, you've got to move to get in front of the ball in a short time and then get ready to hit.

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Friday, July 21st 2017, 4:46am

I suppose me asking 'why can't every volleyball player receive a serve' is like asking 'why can't every baseball player hit a pitch'. That's the game! :D Certainly sensible to put your best receivers in a position to receive and make a good pass, because, as you describe that's where the offense starts. I could never receive one of those crazy knuckle balls coming over the net :rolll:

I don't know much about Nomoto and how well she receives but calling her up in place of Horikawa is interesting. I wonder how Mari ended up in the doghouse. I thought she played well the first week (serving errors aside).

When Nagaoka comes back it will be nice having her and Koga on the wings to spread the defense a little. I think it's @Rains_of_Castamere who prefers an OP who can also receive, but that involves a deeper understanding of the game than I possess at this juncture.

I can't judge the MBs on their blocking very well, but it seems like Ohno is one of the better attackers (that might just be her connection with Yamaguchi, her NEC comrade, though). And Okumura is making a name for herself in that department in her absence.

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Yesterday, 8:03pm

So ... if Japan beats Russia tonight (or tomorrow, depending on where you are) and either BRA or NED lose then JPN makes the Final 6. NED is unlikely to lose to BEL, and it's in BRA's favor that their game is in Brazil. Not to mention that JPN has to beat RUS. I'm loving the drama. (hope I have that scenario correct)

What lineup do you think Nakada will put out there? Will she pull another one out of her hat or go with:

Tominaga and Inoue
Koga and Shinnabe
Okumura and Shimamura (or go with the taller ones)

Nabeya will stroll in at some point, maybe run over one of the floor-moppers and trip over one of her teammates, and be the hero. Yay Yurie!

This is my first International tournament as a volleyball fan and it's been a lot of fun.

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Yesterday, 8:26pm

I really don`t know what line up Nakada will go with this time, but it gotta be their best line up, but at the same time coming up with a new line up could work just like it did against Brazil and even Serbia. I think Koga will play for sure and probably Shinnabe.

Yeah 2 Japan vs Russia today, and this match up is one of my favorite, 2 complete different volleyball style. Both games will be fun.

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