FIVB World Cup 2019 - Sept. 14 to 29, Japan

  • With how Japan has been playing right now, it looks like USA is just a level above them. 2nd unit can win vs. japan in 3 sets.


    Also why doesn’t Ishii do passing duties?

    Ishii receives. I think what Japan is doing here is they keep Kobata and Risa on the line and Koga and Ishii take turns, depending on the rotation. So they each get a shot at back court attack. I don't think it matters who it is, could be Ishikawa and Osanai.

  • Ishii receives. I think what Japan is doing here is they keep Kobata and Risa on the line and Koga and Ishii take turns, depending on the rotation. So they each get a shot at back court attack. I don't think it matters who it is, could be Ishikawa and Osanai.

    The Chinese commentators said something like


    Shinnabe has the best reception. But China won't try to serve a single ball to her.


    The Japanese have a strange passing system. It's the front row spiker + opposite + libero. They want to free the back row spiker for the pipe attack. Why not free up position 4, I have no clue

  • The Chinese commentators said something like


    Shinnabe has the best reception. But China won't try to serve a single ball to her.


    The Japanese have a strange passing system. It's the front row spiker + opposite + libero. They want to free the back row spiker for the pipe attack. Why not free up position 4, I have no clue

    Wow! I can't believe I got it right :)


    Sincere question: What or how would freeing up 4 change the situation?

  • Wow! I can't believe I got it right :)


    Sincere question: What or how would freeing up 4 change the situation?

    I think freeing up the 4 opens up a lot of possible attacking options in that zone (drop, tip, other spiking techniques). It’s so weird since Japan employs this receiving OPP system. Why not allow the opp to be ready for the pipe instead? Or is their opp not a potent attacker? Ishii doesnt pass well enough considering she’s an OH.

  • I think freeing up the 4 opens up a lot of possible attacking options in that zone (drop, tip, other spiking techniques). It’s so weird since Japan employs this receiving OPP system. Why not allow the opp to be ready for the pipe instead? Or is their opp not a potent attacker? Ishii doesnt pass well enough considering she’s an OH.

    Ishii is a solid and reliable passer. Has been for years. She tanked a few too many in the China match. Shit happens. I'll bet Japan's "Server Contact Points" average in this tournament is High 80s, especially if you leave out the China Match. It was an anomaly.


    edit: according the FIVB stats, Yuki Ishii is at #5, with five errors this tournament so far. But stats lie all the time. Seems like she made five against China. (maybe she did)


    OP Risa Shinnabe is not a pipe attacker, at all. When she's out, the others could be but I think they stick to that system.


    I think this "To Free up p4, or not to free up p4" is above my pay grade. Volleyball is like 2nd graders playing soccer, to me. Everybody chases the ball around until someone finally kicks it :white:

  • When I started watching volleyball I remember thinking: "Why don't they let that one girl pass more? She's better than the others". I was thinking of 2nd contact as the "pass".


    A Hisamitsu player impressed me. So I googled her. It said: "Position - Setter". So I googled that. Been smooth sailing ever since.

  • Ishii, Kurogo, Koga or maybe Nagaoka are enough for them. These girls are as tall as Gabi, Drussyl, and maybe Garay. They just have to use middle more considering that they have the best receivers.


    Maybe Yamada, the other youth MB and Araki are enough MB attackers for them. They just need uber reliable libero and a possible replacement of Shinnabe.

  • Ishii, Kurogo, Koga or maybe Nagaoka are enough for them

    Nagaoka's been out with injury 2 1/2 years or thereabouts. Now Kurogo is out. That's a blow. Japan is playing well this tournament regardless of the obituary tone :thumbup: They killed it with DOM. RUS was a good fight, so was Korea but they lost. CMR was CMR and China was China. Who knows how the rest of the tournament will go? Especially if Kurogo comes back.


    I still think the USA Bench beats them, though. We'll move on after that.

  • Ishii, Kurogo, Koga or maybe Nagaoka are enough for them. These girls are as tall as Gabi, Drussyl, and maybe Garay. They just have to use middle more considering that they have the best receivers.


    Maybe Yamada, the other youth MB and Araki are enough MB attackers for them. They just need uber reliable libero and a possible replacement of Shinnabe.

    Shinnabe is the best receiver for Japan and contribute a lot in passing and defense. Nagaoka doesn't really receive so it will be vulnerable for Japan if Koga or the other OHs has to pass.