Japan - V.League V2 (Division 2, Women) 2018-2019

  • Japan - V.League V2 (Division 2, Women) 2018-2019

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    Japan Volleyball League V2



    The Regular Round begins November 10, 2018 (Saturday) and ends February 24, 2019. Matches are played every Saturday and Sunday with a break from December 9, 2018 to January 12, 2019.


    Everybody plays everybody twice. Eighteen matches.


    If JA Gifu Rioreina or Breath Hamamatsu win this Division they will be automatically promoted to V1 next year to fill the 12th spot in that Division. They are the only teams with an S1 License--which is required to participate in Division 1. The rest of the teams, except Victorina Himeji, have S2 licenses. Victorina Himeji, as a new team in the league, have an S3 License. If a team without an S1 license wins Division 2, it's unknown at this time what will happen. brahmin has a nice chart with the breakdown of licenses here

  • 2018-2019 V2 Regular Round Schedule, Results, and Highlights

    All times are JST (UTC+9)


    Sat 10 Nov 2018

    Kashiwa v Prestige 1-3 [25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 16-25] Stats

    GSS Tokyo v Himeji 1-3 [25-23, 19-25, 19-25, 14-25] Stats Highlights

    JA Gifu v Osaka 3-0 [25-13, 25-18, 25-17] Stats

    Ohno oil v Hamamatsu 3-0 [25-14, 25-20, 25-19] Stats

    Toyota v Gunma Bank 0-3 [18-25, 12-25, 13-25] Stats


    Sun 11 Nov 2018

    Gunma Bank v Kashiwa 3-1 [30-28, 22-25, 29-27, 25-12] Stats

    Hamamatsu v Osaka 3-0 [25-12, 25-10, 25-14] Stats

    Ohno oil v JA Gifu 1-3 [21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 26-28] Stats

    Toyota v Prestige 0-3 [20-25, 17-25, 6-25] Stats


    Sat 17 Nov 2018

    Hamamatsu v GSS Tokyo 1-3 [15-25, 28-26, 22-25, 20-25] Stats

    Prestige v Ohno oil 3-1 [25-23, 23-25, 25-13, 25-23] Stats

    JA Gifu v Kashiwa 3-1 [26-24, 19-25, 30-28, 25-20] Stats

    Toyota v Osaka 3-1 [19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20] Stats

    Gunma Bank v Himeji 1-3 [20-25, 19-25, 25-17, 19-25] Stats Highlights


    Sun 18 Nov 2018

    Kashiwa v Osaka 3-0 [25-17, 25-17, 25-20] Stats

    Prestige v Himeji 0-3 [17-25, 16-25, 19-25] Stats Highlights

    Hamamatsu v Toyota 3-0 [25-12, 25-17, 29-27] Stats
    JA Gifu v GSS Tokyo 3-2 [26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12] Stats


    Sat 24 Nov 2018

    Gunma Bank v Hamamatsu 2-3 [25-22 19-25 25-10 26-28 15-8] Stats

    Toyota v Ohno oil 1-3 [12-25 25-22 11-25 15-25] Stats

    Kashiwa v GSS Tokyo 3-2 [25-21 21-25 17-25 25-19 15-13] Stats

    Himeji v JA Gifu 3-1 [23-25 25-21 25-14 27-25] Stats Highlights


    Sun 25 Nov 2018

    Gunma Bank v Prestige 3-0 [25-17 25-16 25-21] Stats

    Ohno oil v GSS Tokyo 0-3 [16-25 20-25 18-25] Stats

    Himeji v Osaka 3-0 [25-13 25-18 25-19] Stats

    Kashiwa v Toyota 3-0 [25-17 25-17 25-16] Stats


    Sat 01 DEC 2018

    Kashiwa v Hamamatsu 2-3 [ 27-25 11-25 14-25 25-18 11-15 ] Stats

    Gunma Bank v Osaka 3-0 [ 25-12 25-21 25-16 ] Stats

    Ohno oil v Himeji 0-3 [ 16-25 21-25 11-25 ] Stats

    JA Gifu v Prestige 3-0 [ 25-20 25-18 25-20 ] Stats

    GSS Tokyo v Toyota 3-1 [ 25-16 25-20 19-25 25-15 ] Stats


    Sun 02 DEC 2018

    Prestige v Osaka 3-0 [ 25-11 25-17 25-22 ] Stats

    JA Gifu v Gunma Bank 3-0 [ 26-24 25-20 25-20 ] Stats


    Sat 08 DEC 2018

    GSS Tokyo v Osaka 3-0     -- 25-19 25-19 25-17 Stats

    Toyota v Himeji 0-3           -- 18-25 14-25 14-25 Stats

    Hamamatsu v JA Gifu 1-3 -- 25-14 11-25 19-25 18-25 Stats

    Ohno oil v Kashiwa 3-2     -- 25-22 20-25 25-20 15-25 16-14 Stats


    Sun 09 DEC 2018

    GSS Tokyo v Prestige 3-0               -- 25-20 25-23 25-16 Stats

    12:00 Toyota v JA Gifu 0-3               -- 17-25 15-25 15-25 Stats

    12:00 Ohno oil v Gunma Bank 1-3 -- 25-20 18-25 21-25 15-25 Stats

    14:00 Hamamatsu v Himeji 0-3      -- 15-25 12-25 19-25 Stats


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    Sat 12 JAN 2019

    13:00 Gunma Bank v GSS Tokyo

    13:00 Osaka v Ohno oil

    13:00 Prestige v Hamamatsu

    15:00 Kashiwa v Himeji


    Sun 13 JAN 2019

    12:00 Gunma Bank v Toyota

    12:00 Osaka v JA Gifu

    12:00 Prestige v Himeji

    14:00 Kashiwa v Hamamatsu


    Sat 19 JAN 2019

    11:00 Kashiwa v Ohno oil

    13:00 GSS Tokyo v Toyota

    14:00 Hamamatsu v Gunma Bank

    15:00 Osaka v Himeji


    Sun 20 JAN 2019

    12:00 Toyota v Himeji

    14:00 Hamamatsu v Ohno oil

    14:00 Osaka v GSS Tokyo

    14:00 Prestige v JA Gifu


    Sat 26 JAN 2019

    11:00 Kashiwa v GSS Tokyo

    13:00 Prestige v Ohno oil

    13:00 Osaka v Hamamatsu

    16:00 Himeji v Gunma Bank

    16:10 Toyota v JA Gifu


    Sun 27 JAN 2019

    12:00 Toyota v Osaka

    12:00 Gunma Bank v Ohno oil

    15:00 Himeji v GSS Tokyo


    Sat 02 FEB 2019

    13:00 Prestige v Kashiwa

    13:00 JA Gifu v Himeji

    14:00 Ohno oil v GSS Tokyo

    15:00 Gunma Bank v Osaka

    15:00 Hamamatsu v Toyota


    Sun 03 FEB 2019

    12:00 Kashiwa v Toyota

    12:00 Gunma Bank v JA Gifu

    15:00 Prestige v Hamamatsu


    Sat 09 FEB 2019

    13:00 JA Gifu v Hamamatsu

    13:00 Prestige v Osaka

    15:00 GSS Tokyo v Gunma Bank

    16:10 Himeji v Kashiwa


    Sun 10 FEB 2019

    12:00 GSS Tokyo v Prestige

    13:00 JA Gifu v Ohno oil


    Sat 16 FEB 2019

    11:00 Osaka v Ohno oil

    13:00 Prestige v Toyota

    15:00 Kashiwa v JA Gifu


    Sun 17 FEB 2019

    10:00 Himeji v Ohno oil

    12:00 GSS Tokyo v Hamamatsu

    14:00 Kashiwa v Gunma Bank


    Sat 23 FEB 2019

    11:00 Prestige v Gunma Bank

    13:00 Hamamatsu v Himeji

    15:00 Toyota v Ohno oil


    Sun 24 FEB 2019

    12:00 Kashiwa v Osaka

    15:00 JA Gifu v GSS Tokyo


    It's not like we can watch any of these matches :(

  • I know there's not a lot of interest in this, heck, there's not much interest in V1. I want to track the rise to fame, and the ensuing drama, of the only team with an S3 License (because they are a new team) when they win this thing.


    Victorina Himeji are coached by Legendary Japanese Setter Yoshie Takeshita. Their General Manager is Former Japan NT Head Coach Masayoshi Manabe.


    Unlike most other Japanese teams, V1 or V2, Victorina Himeji has a lovely, navigable web site. AND AND AND, they have a freaking YouTube Channel:



    Beyond that, I don't know much about them except that JT Marvelous Court Jester YUKA KANASUGI transferred there this season, and they have a talented super cute setter who likes to throw low fast balls. She wears Lucky #7 jersey. Her name is KAWAI.

  • Standings 2018.11.25 -- after Week 3 (6 competition days)


    # Team Points Win Lose
    1 Victorina Himeji
    15 5 0
    2 Gunma Bank Green Wings
    11 4 1
    3 JA Gifu Riorena 11 4 1
    4 Prestige International Aran Mare
    9 3 2
    5 Kashiwa Angel Cross
    8 3 2
    6 GSS Tokyo Sunbeams
    8 2 3
    7 Breath Hamamatsu
    7 2 3
    8 Ohno Oil Hiroshima Oilers
    6 2 3
    9 Tokyo Motor Walkure
    3 1 4
    10 Osaka Superiors
    0 0 5
  • The Highlights Himeji post on their Youtube Channel aren't official V.League, or whatever. They're kind of cute with a sense of humor, done to music, edited well. More fun and full of joy compared to V.League. Each one looks to highlight one or two players. This one, against Prestige International, highlights a Foreigner Smash, a few Brain Farts (followed by a shot of an unhappy Coach Takeshita pacing), a few low fast balls, and adorable #9:




    Against Gunma Bank, we are introduced to teeny weeny OH #3 (I think the libero is taller than her), and 35 year old middle blocker #14:




    Yuka KANASUGI didn't start ramping up until their 3rd game or so. Against GSS Tokyo, we get #10 KANASUGI rolling around in the back court, a few nice kills from southpaw OP #4, and a moment of sit down with KAWAI and Coach

  • Sat 1 Dec 2018 Week 4, Day 7 Results

    Home Team Away Team
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats
    Kashiwa 2-3 Hamamatsu 27-25 11-25 14-25 25-18 11-15 88-108 Stats
    Gunma Bank 3-0 Osaka 25-12 25-21 25-16 75-49 Stats
    Ohno oil 0-3 Himeji 16-25 21-25 11-25 48-75 Stats
    JA Gifu 3-0 Prestige 25-20 25-18 25-20 75-58 Stats
    GSS Tokyo 3-1 Toyota 25-16 25-20 19-25 25-15 94-76 Stats


    Himeji

    remains undefeated

    :rose:


    GSS has a 202cm Chinese player. She can barely jump when she attacks, and after that there's no celebrating. She needs time to recover. It's kind of sad looking, but she's putting up numbers.

  • now i got to see 2008 olympian miss kawaii reunited with her erstwhile national team/jt marvelous mentor & now coach yukie takeshita. it's no surprise that their team is dominating division two with impunity. plus their organization has marketing savvy to play up the team's charisma & star power!

  • now i got to see 2008 olympian miss kawaii reunited with her erstwhile national team/jt marvelous mentor & now coach yukie takeshita. it's no surprise that their team is dominating division two with impunity. plus their organization has marketing savvy to play up the team's charisma & star power!

    :drink:

  • i thought so too at first when i got wind of the fledgling himeji team. but yes, she's THE yuki kawai of nt/jt fame & almost unrecognizable now as she's become way thinner since her chubby teen years.

    OMG


    I made a Wikipedia page for Himeji that's waiting for approval, and had to figure out how to kill the link for her that automatically went to that Yuki Kawai. I just re-engaged it, and updated her page to reflect she's not a "retired volleyball player".


    Thanks a lot for enlightening me :teach: I didn't bother to check birth dates because it looked like it couldn't be her, and for some reason I thought 2008 was twenty years ago :rolll: making it more unlikely to be her.


    Himeji does seem to have a lot more interest in creating media buzz than other Japanese teams. As I pointed out earlier, and it was the main impetus for starting this thread, they are the only team I know of with a Youtube Channel.


    I don't know about their star power, as I don't know anything about the players except for Yuka Kanasugi, but that's the thing about having a Youtube Channel and sharing highlights. The way they put them together, for example, the one against Gunma Bank, highlights #14 Rie Tagaki--nice kills, nice blocks--and then she gets a little interview time at the end. She appears comfortable, mature (she is 35!), and very sweet but also like she could silently chew your head off. I'm a big fan of her now. And don't even get me going on the adorable #9 Kana Yoshioka who shows up at the end of the Prestige clip :heart:

  • Yep. You can see her coaching in those videos above. It's pretty funny the shots of her--giving sidelong glances at the ref, pacing pensively after they show her team make a few errors. Himeji shows a great sense of humor in those videos towards her.


    I think the translation of head coach is unknown. Remember when the Turkish dude, Ferhat announced himself as Head Coach of Japan NT? :lol:

  • Sun 2 Dec 2018 Week 4, Day 8 Results


    Home Team Away Team
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats
    Prestige 3-0 Osaka 25-11 25-17 25-22 75-50 Stats
    JA Gifu 3-0 Gunma Bank 26-24 25-20 25-20 76-64 Stats


    Only two games. I can't quite figure out what's going on with V.TV through Google Translation. It looks like none of the V2 matches are available (for free) LIVE, but I think that after seven days of the match SOME, but not all will available on-demand.


    And by SOME, I mean not all the Himeji matches are available :wall: Only one of Himeji's 5 or 6 matches is up for viewing.

  • Standings 2018.12.02 -- after Week 4 (8 competition days)


    # Team Points Win Lose
    1 Victorina Himeji
    18 6 0
    2 JA Gifu Riorena
    17 6 1
    3 Gunma Bank Green Wings
    14 5 2
    4 Prestige International Aran Mare
    12 4 3
    5 GSS Tokyo Sunbeams
    11 3 3
    6 Breath Hamamatsu
    9 3 3
    7 Kashiwa Angel Cross
    9 3 4
    8 Ohno Oil Hiroshima Oilers
    6 2 4
    9 Tokyo Motor Valkyrie
    3 1 6
    10 Osaka Superiors
    0 0 7


    Victorina Himeji is responsible for JA Gifu Riorena's only loss. Just sayin'


  • A couple more Himeji youtubes. I guess I won't go gaga over these forever. Not much new but you do see them play up the fan interaction. Yuka Kanasugi is a great mix with this team. Smart move on her part. They're all stylin'.


    Himeji has lost only 3 sets so far this season, and in these highlight videos they always show a string of bad plays that caused the loss, and then they show Yoshie Takeshita let out a heavy sigh.


    Himeji v JA Gifu 3-1:


    Himeji v Osaka 3-0: