Japan - V.League V1 (Division 1, Women) 2018-2019

  • Riho Ōtake played a couple sets for Denso against Toyota. She's one of those splash players who made the NT at 18/19 y/old. Must have had a little good run because I knew who she was before I knew what a Denso Airybee was. I believe she was injured and wheelchairing around at the end of the 2016-17 season, didn't play at all 2017-18, hardly played this season. I hope whatever is ailing her improves.


    Rei Kudo got the start over Yui Asahi.


    I'm seeing a pattern here. After I comment about something the opposite will come true :aww:

  • Highlights from the second week of the FINAL 8

    Sat 09 MAR 2019

    NEC Red Rockets v Toyota Body Queens (2–3) ... 25-20 25-16 24-26 22-25 23-25 Stats

    Hisamitsu Springs v Toray Arrows (3–1) ... 22-25 25-20 25-19 25-22 Stats

    JT Marvelous v Denso Airybees (2–3) ... 18-25 23-25 25-17 25-23 8-15 Stats

    Saitama Ageo Medics v Hitachi Rivale (2–3) ... 25-16 25-18 17-25 22-25 11-15 Stats



    Sun 10 MAR 2019

    Hisamitsu Springs v Hitachi Rivale (3–1) ... 25-19 25-19 23-25 25-19 Stats

    NEC Red Rockets v JT Marvelous (1–3) ... 17-25 25-22 16-25 18-25 Stats

    Denso Airybees v Toyota Body Queens (1–3) ... 22-25 16-25 25-21 14-25 Stats

    Saitama Ageo Medics v Toray Arrows (0–3) ... 20-25 19-25 22-25 Stats


    Highlights Sat 09 March 2019 - Challenge Stage 1/3

    Kurobe AquaFairies v Okayama Seagulls 0–3 ... 14–25 26-28 12-25 Stats

  • The All Star games are scheduled for:

    April 20, 2019

    10:00 Opening

    11:00 first game V2 All-Star Game (Women's)

    14:00 second game V1 All-Star Game (Women's)


    As usual Japan posted it in pngs and pdfs


    Swingers got the big love with Yuki, Sarina, Megumi, and Risa getting the most votes. Miyashita got 5th most votes (I'm pretty sure my google translating got that right but don't quote me)


    Top libero is Okayama's Maruyama, top MB is Okayama's Yamaguchi, and top Setter is Okayama's Miyashita. :super:


    2nd place MB is Saitama's pajama wearing slumber party going Kyōko Aoyagi


    [Update] This is the final Fan Vote Tally.

    I think: 2 setters, 2 Liberos, 5 MBs, 6 Swingers will go, accompanied by the same number of V.League picks


    ● Setter

    1 Haruka Miyashita Okayama 7,068

    2 Miya Sato Hitachi 6,292

    3 Airi Tahara Denso 2,792

    4 Misaki Tanaka JT Marvelous 2,580

    5 Nanami Seki Toray Arrows 2,024

    6 Erika Sakae Hisamitsu Springs 1,448

    7 Momoko Higane Toyota 1,148

    8 Kozue Hayasaka Denso Airybees 1,016

    9 Yuki Yamagami Toyota 932

    10 Misaki Shirai Toray 824


    ● Libero

    1 Aki Maruyama Okayama Seagulls 3,560

    2 Sayaka Iwasaki NEC Red Rockets 3,076

    3 Mako Kobata JT Marvelous 1,752

    4 Chitose Nakagawa Denso Airybees 1,032

    5 Mana Toe Hisamitsu Springs 912

    6 Akane Yamagishi Saitama Ageo Medics 904

    7 Minami Nishimura Okayama Seagulls 896

    8 Risa Omuro Saitama Ageo Medics 796

    9 Misato Sakakibara Toyota 496

    10 Eima Kanako Okayama Seagulls 488


    ● Middle Blocker

    1 Mai Yamaguchi Okayama 4,216

    2 Kyōko Aoyagi Saitama Ageo Medics 3 , 296

    3 Nana Iwasaka Hisamitsu Springs 2,668

    4 Haruyo Shimamura NEC Red Rockets 2,448

    5 Nanami Inoue Toray Arrows 1,592

    6 Erika Araki Toyota 1,436

    7 Anna Imura Okayama Seagulls 1,416

    8 Erina Ogawa Toray Arrows 1,240

    9 Kurami Natsuno KUROBE Aqua Fairies 1, 180

    10 Aika Akutagawa JT Marvelous 1,076


    ● Outside Hitter ※ including Opposite

    1 Yuki Ishii Hisamitsu Springs 10,596

    2 Sarina Koga NEC Red Rockets 9,784

    3 Megumi Kurihara JT Marvelous 8,368

    4 Risa Shinabe Hisamitsu Springs 7,316

    5 Ai Kurogo Toray Arrows 6,128

    6 Yukiko Ebata PFU Blue Cats 4,856

    7 Mizuki Yanagita NEC Red Rockets 4,756

    8 Shiori Aratani NEC Red Rockets 3,712

    9 Hisae Watanabe Hitachi Rivale 3,268

    10 Yuka Imamura Hisamitsu Springs 3,120

  • Every week now, waiting and hoping for a stream


    This NEC v Denso match seems like a sink or swim situation for both of them. Last time they met I rooted for Denso because I had written off NEC as beyond hope and thought it would benefit Denso more. I kind of feel that way tonight.


    Wish I could be watching it

  • Sat 16 March 2019 Results Day 5/8 FINAL 8 Stage

    Home Team Away Team
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats
    NEC Red Rockets 0–3 Denso Airybees 19-25 17-25 19-25 55–75 Stats
    Hisamitsu Springs 3–2 Saitama Ageo Medics 20-25 25-18 23-25 25-17 15-10 108–95 Stats
    Hitachi Rivale 0–3 Toray Arrows 17-25 15-25 16-25 48–75 Stats
    JT Marvelous 3–0 Toyota Body Queens 25-20 25-22 26-24 76–66 Stats


    NEC. Man. Bad volleyball. 26% Attack, 40% Reception. Apparently Rhamat started the game. The stream didn't start until the 2nd set so I missed her. Yui Asahi (16/40, 1 Ace) high scorer for Denso. Continued props to her.


    Saitama played pretty well but Jaja (2/14) struggled and Keti (30/76) was below par because Hisamitsu had a block party: (Nana 6, Foluke 5, Risa 3, Nomoto 2)


    Hitachi got beaten down worse than NEC did but they didn't look half as bad. No sign of Miya Sato. Not on the stat sheet. Toray's MB Nanami Inoue (9/11, 3 blocks, 1 Ace).


    Toyota still squishy. Easy work for JT.


    POS TEAM POINTS WIN LOSE Sets
    1 Hisamitsu Springs 20 5 0 15:5
    2 JT Marvelous 14 3 1 11:4
    3 Toyota Auto Queens 10 3 2 10:10
    4 Denso Airybees 10 3 2 10:9
    5 Toray Arrows
    8 3 1 10:5
    6 NEC Red Rockets 8 0 4 5:12
    7 Saitama Ageo Medics 6 0 4 4:12
    8 Hitachi Rivale 2 1 4 6:14
  • Sat 16 March 2019 Results - Challenge Stage 2/3

    Home Team Away Team
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats
    Kurobe AquaFairies 3–1 PFU BlueCats
    29-27 21-25 25-17 25-18 100–87 Stats


    PFU has to play the Grudge Match against an upstart V2 team. I don't know if Kurobe is better than PFU but they are more fun.


    PFU played with a different dude on the sidelines. I like their new setter, college kid #18 Haruka Yamashita.


    Sun 17 MAR

    16:00 Okayama Seagulls v PFU BlueCats

  • PFU has lost every match they have played this season and Kurobe has beaten them 3 times. The answer is self explanatory.


    Springs are at least 2nd or better. A 3 point win puts them in the Final.

    JT with a 3 point win is all but guaranteed for Final 3 spot.

    Toyota and Denso are tied, but I am guessing that Toyota is ahead on head to head. Rules appear to not be followed on ties. Toray is also ahead of NEC, which does not match given regular season finish.

    Toray and NEC can reach 17 points. Toyota and Denso 16, and Ageo 15. Hitachi has been eliminated.

    West is 10-1 versus East in Final 8, 1-0 in Challenge Stage, 48-12 in regular season. Total of 59-13.

  • I don't rate them high on Entertainment Value (beyond Nanami Seki), but Toray is the team that played pretty consistently this year, and more importantly got a little better and better as the season went on. Thanks mostly to Jana Kulan, who not only got better, she got taller. Totally weird. And they played mostly without The Canon--Mari Horikawa. Props to them, especially since they came into this fight without any Gift Points.


    Toyota suffered injuries this season. No idea what Captain Takahashi's status is, why she's not playing.


    Denso probably has the easiest degree of difficulty ending this thing but the match tonight between them and Toray will be particularly pants bunching. They split their Regular Round matches. If Denso wins they might make the Final 3. Wouldn't that be a hoot! They have only Saitama after that. Toray has two more matches to gain points, but one is against JT.


    NEC has to go through Hisamitsu for a shot at glory. LOL at that.

  • I forgot to mention ... in these two Challenge matches Kurobe Coach played lefty OP #12 Akane Ukishima over Captain Saki Maruyama.


    Ukishima had an average game against Okayama but smacked down 21/37 for 56.8% smacking rate against PFU. She looked dominant as heck. I really enjoyed it.


    I now recognize the Japanese 山 thingy as "yama". I don't know what good it does for me, don't know what 'yama' means, but it makes me feel awesome!