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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 3:09am

Japanese NT 2018

TL;DR version:

Here's what 2017 was:
L: Kotoe Inoue, Mako Kobata, Arisa Sato, Miku Torigoe
S: Koyomi Tominaga, Miya Sato, Haruka Miyashita, Misaki Tanaka
MB: Erika Araki, Mai Okumura, Nana Iwasaka, Haruyo Shimamura, Ayaka Matsumoto, Kana Ono
OH: Risa Shinnabe, Yuki Ishii, Risa Ishii, Sarina Koga, Mami Uchiseto, Yurie Nabeya, Saori Takahashi, Arisa Inoue, Mizuki Tanaka, Ai Kurogo
OP: Rika Nomoto, Mari Horikawa, Miyu Nagaoka

Here's what 2018 should be:
L: Arisa Sato, Kotoe Inoue, Mako Kobata, Yumi Nakagawa
S: Koyomi Tominaga, Haruka Miyashita, Momoko Higane, My little Sweet Pea Airi Tahara
MB: Erika Araki, Mai Okumura, Nana Iwasaka, Kana Ono, Aika Akutagawa
OH: Yuki Ishii, Sarina Koga, Mami Uchiseto, Yurie Nabeya, Rika Nomoto, Arisa Inoue, Ai Kurogo, Miwako Osanai, Rei Kudo
OP: Miyu Nagaoka, Risa Shinnabe, Mizuki Yanagita

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Here's what the team looks like: 2018 Japanese NT

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "sitenoise" (Mar 27th 2018, 10:03pm)


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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 3:37am

Is Miyu Nagaoka back from her seemingly endless hiatus already? I miss watching her in the NT.
I thought Mari Horikawa would be a good sub for her in the coming years. Is she underperforming in the V-League this season?
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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 4:22am

Bloviated version:

Libero: Miku Torigoe retired and Arisa Sato never got called up. I was satisfied with the Kobata receiving/Inoue defense duo. Inoue really impressed in 2017. I wouldn't cry too loud if Nakada sticks with them, although I'll cry a thousand tears for Arisa Sato. Inoue is quick as lightning, but Sato is better at block coverage and skating to where the puck is going to be--which makes her a net positive for me.

If I had to pick someone new to join the ranks it would be Toray #15 Yumi Nakagawa. She's a commando, fast and smart, with soft arms.

Setter: Tominaga was a revelation in 2017. Miya Sato should retire, black hole of defense that she is. The Miyashita Mystery: was it poor setting or arthritic knees that kept her out in 2017? She's one of the best floor defenders in the world. I would love to see her back. Misaki Tanaka is nothing to write home about.

If I had to pick someone new to join the ranks it would be Toyota's #4 Momoko Higane. Great floor leadership and she makes a good set from a bad pass look easy. And Denso's My Little Sweet Pea because she's young.

Middle Blockers: Okumura was the revelation in 2017; Araki is the best, and Iwasaka is not anywhere near as bad as some believe her to be. Those three aren't going anywhere. Ono didn't play in 2017 but should be called up. Matsumoto can go home. No idea where Riho Ōtake's career is at. I like Shimamura a lot, but ...

If I had to pick someone new to join the ranks it would be JT #1 Aika Akutagawa. Fact.

Attackers:
Start with OPs -- If Miyu Nagaoka is back and healthy I imagine the job is hers. She's the best outright hitter in Japan, but she's got nothing else. It is invaluable, though, to have a real threat on the right side to keep the defense honest and make the job for the rest of the front line easier. Shinnabe doesn't get the respect she deserves as an OP hitter. She's freakin great, maybe she lacks the stamina to swing 40+ times. Her reception is world class. Nomoto is a serviceable OP when the rotation calls for it. She's lucky she hits the 180cm mark, has a connection to Nakada and seems mature, because there are many swingers who could replace her. If Nagaoka returns, Horikawa is gone.

The OHs who are shoe-ins:

Yuki Ishii - world class but better watch her attitude. Unfortunately she has no leadership qualities. She doesn't make those around her any better except by giving them good passes. Japan will never win an international tournament with her as their best player.
Sarina Koga - time for her to grow up and show some leadership. She hasn't improved in three years as a hitter, but she's at Yuki/Risa level reception, and she's a great back row defender ... with flashes of blockage chops from time to time.
Mami Uchiseto, a coach's favorite who receives really well. I wish I liked her.
Yurie Nabeya, imo, the most improved and improving player of the stars. It's just weird she doesn't seem capable of playing a whole game from start to finish. Invaluable off the bench. I hope she is happy with that because she's great at it, and J-NT needs it.

Middle of the roaders (from the 2017 long list):
Risa Ishii, I dunno. She's pretty good as a MB/OP dualist but only 179cm, non-receiving. Expendable.
Saori Takahashi, I wish I wish. She's the closest I've seen to the sorely missed explosive athleticism of the dearly departed Saori Sakoda. But she doesn't hit from OP like Sakoda. Receives OK. Expendable, sadly.
Mizuki Tanaka, I don't think she did anything for JT this year. I like her more than Uchiseto, but I'm wrong. Expendable.

Love, After Dark (aka Ai Kurogo) - She's not ready for the big leagues but maybe she's one of those that needs to be thrown in the pool before she learns to swim. She's a receiving machine, but she needs to cut way way back on service errors. As a hitter she looks like a one-shot wonder to me. She could learn a thing or six from Koga, or Nabeya. Might be good for her growth to start playing with them.
Arisa Inoue - 22 year old #22 Arisa Inoue, in her first game for Hisamitsu, a Final 6 game, went 42/20 in attack, with 1 block, 1 Ace, and she made 1 error. Aged 22, number 22, scored 22 points in her first game. Based on that I'd start her in the WCh, but that's the only time I've seen her play. I'll relax for now and keep an eye on her.

Who to add?

A shout out to Hisamitsu's #12 Yuka Imamura (OH) and NEC's #8 Mizuki Yanagita (OH/OP). As hitters they are both NT worthy, but neither of them receives, so they will never make it. Imamura was probably the most solid and consistent OH I witnessed across all teams this past season. She had a better attack percentage than Yuki or Risa, took more swings than Risa but played too few sets so she doesn't show up in leader boards (I guess?). After Yanagita gave up the shakes of being Captain and just played volleyball she rocked it. She swings like Risa but can jump higher and hit harder. Too bad receiving is not a strong point, but when she was tasked with it during Yamauchi's injury she knocked on the 50% door.

I watched most every V.League game that was played this season, except Ageo games. Beyond Imamura and Yanagita, and possibly NEC's Misaki Yamauchi, I didn't see any 'established' players I would consider calling up. I did like Hitachi's Megumi Kurihara and Denso's Mizuho Ishida (C) a lot, but they are too old.

The kids (all OH):
Nanaka Sakamoto - I have a sneaky feeling that she is liked by coaches. She's an average OH who receives well enough. I like that when push comes to shove she doesn't back down, but she seems lazy to me. If you want to ace her serve to her chest high or above.
Miwako Osanai - She shouldered the scoring load for Hitachi--such that it was--has great energy and receives well enough. Her problem is confidence. If she gets blocked she'll hit the next one out of bounds. I'd get her on the team right away.
Yuka Meguro - Solid all around player who can beast it, almost. She joined JT mid-season and put Kanasugi and Kitsui on the bench. She's playing in the Finals, not them. Doesn't seem like NT material, though.
Rei Kudo, Marvel Comics Superhero - Didn't get to see enough of her but what I saw I really liked. Good receiving OH with an agressive "Give me the ball" attitude.
Shiori Aratani - Oops, scratch that. I like her but she's got to prove herself more. That will be hard on NEC.

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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 4:28am

Is Miyu Nagaoka back from her seemingly endless hiatus already? I miss watching her in the NT.
I thought Mari Horikawa would be a good sub for her in the coming years. Is she underperforming in the V-League this season?

Nagaoka didn't play at all. Word was she might be ready to return about this time but the season is over--except one more Final game. So, don't really know her status.

Horikawa was a monster early in the season and tapered off. If Nagaoka remains out, Horikawa is a good sub. If Nagaoka is back partial or full time, I think Yanagita is a better backup--better overall skill set and floor fun, but I'm biased. I have always liked Yanagita. She's really short, though.

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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 7:39am

Ohtake had a knee injury as has been working her way back from that.

Miyashita cried tears last year as the Seagulls dropped to the second level. Team won the second level and will be in the new version of the V. league top level.

Horikawa is left handed and that will keep her on the squad or at least the large roster.

Sakoda retired last year and has already started broadcasting high school matches.

Kurogo is expected to be the next big star, but still has a ways to go. Might get some time in VNL this year, but maybe not World Champs.

Uchiseto will probably get some run from Nakata due To Nakata’s Italy coaching experience. While she was in A2, still may be a higher level of volleyball than V.League.

Missing Ebata, Airi Miyabe, Ishikawa (Yuki’s sister) and others too.

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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 5:18pm

Missing Ebata, Airi Miyabe, Ishikawa (Yuki’s sister) and others too

I didn't get a chance to see Ebata play this year. I wonder how she's doing. I thought Miyabe moved to Idaho or somewhere, to go to college and play for a university team.

I've never seen Ishikawa play. I don't think. It's Miyu?

Seems the J-NT should start including some youngsters to grow for the 2020 show. I don't know how to judge them when I can't see them play. You know me, I can't pick someone based on numbers, so I'm just looking at the few who've gotten a little playing in the V.League.

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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 5:37pm

Is Miyu Nagaoka back from her seemingly endless hiatus already? I miss watching her in the NT.
I thought Mari Horikawa would be a good sub for her in the coming years. Is she underperforming in the V-League this season?
Nagaoka didn't play at all. Word was she might be ready to return about this time but the season is over--except one more Final game. So, don't really know her status.

Horikawa was a monster early in the season and tapered off. If Nagaoka remains out, Horikawa is a good sub. If Nagaoka is back partial or full time, I think Yanagita is a better backup--better overall skill set and floor fun, but I'm biased. I have always liked Yanagita. She's really short, though.
That's unfortunate that Nagaoka's still out. How long has it been?
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Sunday, March 11th 2018, 6:00pm

That's unfortunate that Nagaoka's still out. How long has it been?

Almost one year to the day:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRNdYIbDdgK/

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Monday, March 12th 2018, 4:53am

I counted wrong and still have two open spots on the roster, so I'm bringing back Haruyo Shimamura (MB) and Saori Takahashi (OH), unless @brahmin has a couple youngsters I should consider.

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Monday, March 12th 2018, 5:17am

Is Yukiko Ebata still playing?

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Monday, March 12th 2018, 6:05am

Is Yukiko Ebata still playing?

She played in the Challenge League this past season, for the PFU Bobcats, so we didn't get to see her play.

I thought I better look it up to be sure what team and saw this on her Wikipedia page:

"Yukiko also said that she doesn't like participating in the practice of her team during the service reception and defense so she is often exempt." :D

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Tuesday, March 13th 2018, 4:09am

Is she retired from the NT? I always thought Manabe's beef with certain players prevented Japan from doing better after 2012 Olympics.

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Tuesday, March 13th 2018, 9:27am

Ebata had an injury that kept her out of 2014. He wanted her but she wasn’t physically up to it. Since then she’s been on the outside looking in.

As an opposite, she really really never passed in Japan. In France, the shifted to an outside hitter with passing, but usually was not a starter.

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Monday, March 19th 2018, 5:35pm

Official Japanese NT (Hinotori Nippon) 2018

Setters (S):
  • TOMINAGA, Koyomi - Ageo Medics, 1989.05.01, 175cm, 68kg
  • SATO, Miya - Hitachi Rivale, 1990.03.07, 175cm, 62kg
  • TASHIRO, Kanami - Toray Arrows, 1991.03.25, 173cm, 66kg
  • MIYASHITA, Haruka - Okayama Seagulls, 1994.09.01, 177cm, 61kg

Wing Spikers (OH/OP):
  • SHINNABE, Risa - Hisamitsu Springs, 1990.07.11, 173cm, 64kg
  • ISHII, Yuki - Hisamitsu Springs, 1991.05.08, 180cm, 68kg
  • NAGAOKA, Miyu - Hisamitsu Springs, 1990.07.25, 179cm, 64kg
  • NOMOTO, Rika - Hisamitsu Springs, 1991.09.21, 180cm, 72kg
  • UCHISETO, Mami - Golem Hermaea Olbia, 1991.10.25, 170cm, 74kg
  • HORIKAWA, Mari - Toray Arrows, 1992.05.03, 183cm, 72kg
  • TAKAHASHI, Saori - Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, 1992.12.09, 177cm, 66kg
  • NABEYA, Yurie - Denso Airybees, 1993.12.15, 1993.12.15, 176cm, 55kg
  • IMAMURA, Yuka - Hisamitsu Springs, 1993.09.02, 176cm, 69kg
  • INOUE, Arisa - Hisamitsu Springs (Submitted), 1995.05.08, 178cm, 66kg
  • KOGA, Sarina - NEC Red Rockets, 1996.05.05, 180cm, 67kg
  • KUROGO, Ai - Toray Arrows, 1998.06.14, 180cm, 69kg
  • ARATANI, Shiori - NEC Red Rockets, 1998.09.22, 173cm, 61kg
  • NAKAGAWA, Miyu - Hisamitsu Springs (Submitted), 2000.01.08, 180cm, 65kg

Middle Blockers (MB):
  • ARAKI, Erika - Toyota Auto Body Queenseis, 1984.08.03, 186cm, 81kg
  • MATSUMOTO, Ayaka - Ageo Medics, 1988.12.26, 188cm, 68kg
  • IWASAKA, Nana - Hisamitsu Springs, 1990.07.03, 187cm, 75kg
  • OKUMURA, Mai - JT Marvelous, 1990.10.31, 177cm, 69kg
  • AKUTAGAWA, Aika - JT Marvelous, 1991.04.03, 180cm, 62kg
  • SHIMAMURA, Haruyo - NEC Red Rockets, 1991.04.03, 182cm, 78kg

Liberos (Li):
  • INOUE, Kotoe - JT Marvelous, 1990.02.15, 162cm, 55kg
  • YAMAGISHI, Akane - Ageo Medics, 1991.01.08, 165cm, 55kg
  • KOBATA, Mako - JT Marvelous, 1992.08.15, 164cm, 56kg
  • NAKAGAWA, Yumi - Toray Arrows, 1993.11.12, 166cm, 59kg
  • TOE, Mana - Hisamitsu Springs, 1994.05.18, 163cm, 58kg


Japanese NT 2018 Schedule:

4/2 (Mon) ~ 5/4 (Fri) - 1st NT Training camp, Ajinomoto N.T.C (Tokyo)

5/5 (Sat) ~ 10 (Thu) - Italy Expedition, Italy

5/15 (Tue) ~ 17 (Thu) - FIVB VNL Preliminary Round 1st Week, Barueri (Brazil)
5/22 (Tue) ~ 24 (Thu) - FIVB VNL Preliminary Round 2nd Week, Sky Hall Toyota (Toyota City General Gymnasium, Toyota City, Aichi)
5/29 (Tue) ~ 31 (Thu) - FIVB VNL Preliminary Round 3rd Week, Hong Kong (Hong Kong China)
6/5 (Tue) ~ 7 (Thu) - FIVB VNL Preliminary Round 4th Week, Nakhon Ratchasima (Thailand)
6/12 (Tue) ~ 14 (Thu) - FIVB VNL Preliminary Round 5th Week, Walbrzych (Poland)
6/17 (Sun) ~ 24 (Sun) - FIVB VNL Final NT Training, Ajinomoto N.T.C (Tokyo)*
6/27 (Wed) ~ 7/1 (Sun) - FIVB VNL Final, Nanjing (China)*

7/3 (Tue) ~ 19 (Thu) - 2nd NT Training camp, Ajinomoto N.T.C (Tokyo)

7/20 (Fr) ~ 31 (Tue) - America Expedition, America

8/1 (Wed) ~ 12 (Sun) - 3rd NT Training camp, Ajinomoto N.T.C (Tokyo)

8/19 (Sun) ~ 31 (Fri) - Asian Games, Jakarta (Indonesia)

9/3 (Mon) ~ 26 (Wed) - 4th NT Training camp, Ajinomoto N.T.C (Tokyo)

9/29 (Sat) ~ 10/4 (Thu) - World Championship 1st Round Y (Pool A), Yokohama Arena (Yokohama City)
10/7 (Sun) ~ 11 (Thu) - World Championship 2nd Round (Pool E), NGK Hall (Nagoya City)*
10/14 (Sun) ~ 16 (Tue) - World Championship 3rd Round (Pool G or H) Tournament, NGK Hall (Nagoya City)*
10/19 (Fri) ~ 20 (Sat) - World Championship Final, Yokohama Arena (Yokohama City)*

* Only if qualified

Source: www.jva.or.jp/index.php/international/hinotori_nippon/2018, www.jva.or.jp/hinotori_nippon/schedule.html

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Monday, March 19th 2018, 7:44pm

Thank you! Thank you!

So informative -- and your posts always look so nice! :thumbsup:

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Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 1:35am

Arisa Sato R.I.P.


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Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 11:30am

?????????

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Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 5:29pm

?????????

Career-wise.

The best libero in the world has not been invited to the NT (although it could be her decision for all we know), and her club team is at risk of being demoted to Challenge League (although with changes to the League next year I'm not sure how that will play out).

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Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 7:53pm

Hitachi will not be relegated because they have passed standards for V1 and the last team to pass certification were in Challenge 2 League.

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Tuesday, March 20th 2018, 8:08pm

Congratulationns to Yuka Imamura making the NT

Imamura was probably the most solid and consistent OH I witnessed across all teams this past season.

According to her V.League profile page, this was essentially Yuka Imamura's first season of playing time for Hisamitsu. She was rostered for the two previous seasons but took ZERO swings.

In the FINAL 6 this year:

Yuka Imamura played 13 sets, took 125 swings, attack ratio = 43.2 (she didn't swing in the Final 3 or Finals)
Risa Shinnabe played 16 sets, took 66 swings, attack ratio = 37.9 (50% in F3; 48.1 in Final)
Rika Nomoto played 14 sets, took 98 swings, attack ratio = 29.6 (32.8, 34.3)
Yuki Ishii ..... played 20 sets, took 221 swings, attack ratio = 28.5 35.8; 47.1)

Regular Round:
Immamura - 346, 41%
Risa - 336, 40.1%
Nomoto - 549, 36.6%
Yuki - 759, 36.6%

Yuki and Risa contribute so much more to the team than swings, I know.

In the Final 6 Individual Rankings the only non-MB who had a higher attack percentage than Imamura was Heroine Neriman, but Imamura didn't qualify for the rankings because she played 13 sets (Nomoto played 14 and qualified--but look at their swing count)

I only like numbers when they suggest support for something I already believe. (And I can't believe I actually found this data, so I'm posting it with congratulations to my self :teach:

All I'm saying is: Keep an eye on this girl

This post has been edited 2 times, last edit by "sitenoise" (Apr 12th 2018, 2:48am)


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