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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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Saturday, July 22nd 2017, 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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Saturday, July 22nd 2017, 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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Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 11:15am

Both setters were fantastic for Japan.

Very different styles of play.

Tominaga being the more aggressive setter and Sato as the more collected and sublime playmaker. I especially love the way Tominaga delays her set. It seems like she's about to attack the ball and Sato is really good at giving the more precise ball whenever it is out of system.

Miyashita better improve or else I can see her not making the olympics roster.

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Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 9:11pm

Nabeya as I keep saying is a spark plug. If she's not in and Japan loses a set or two, she comes in and Japan's a different team. With Manabe, she was a serving substitute. But with Nakada, she's an receiving/attacking substitute, which in my mind makes her more valuable to the team.

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Sunday, July 23rd 2017, 9:59pm

I know it's only one game but I "felt" Nabeya was a little awkward as a starter. I think she is playing well, attacking really well and deserves big minutes, but think she is better suited as a 'sixth man', if you will (sorry for my continued NBA analogies) coming off the bench.

The one thing that makes me nervous about her is on those plays where the ball is just going to be 'bumped' over the net. I only saw her dork up one of those (earlier in the tournament) but it has tainted my feeling every time she's going to have to do that move. I get scared she's going to flub it. I'm hardly ever nervous about any Japanese player doing almost anything. There was something amiss last night.

I'll just mention this here as I'm working up my post mortem, my thank yous, etc., saying goodbye to the Japan NT for now ;( ... That game last night against Russia, while wonderful in so many ways--almost everyone stepped up beyond imagination on individual offense--was one of the worst games I've ever seen almost any Japanese team play. I couldn't believe the number of balls hitting the ground because of confusion over who was supposed to get it, or just simply slow decision making, a lack of courage. I need to re-watch it, but it was so disappointing to me I don't know if I can.

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Monday, July 24th 2017, 3:26am

I'm hardly ever nervous about any Japanese player doing almost anything. There was something amiss last night.
Not quite the same feeling, but personally right now all of the Japanese's OH gives me nervous. :obey: :obey: :obey:
They can't even guarantee a point while facing only one blocker.
They need to be more aggressive in their attack.
I am not sure if its because the ball is too fast or too low, but they need to work it out.

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Yesterday, 7:00pm

Not quite the same feeling, but personally right now all of the Japanese's OH gives me nervous.


Did you see Shinnabe's cross court shot from Zone 2 a handful of points into the third set against Russia? It went practically parallel to the net. That was a jaw dropper. Beautiful. Smart hitting

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