Japan - 7th V9 Women's Champ League 2021

  • Japan - 7th (Reiwa 3) V9 Champ League
    (Women's First League) 2021

    Panasonic Bluebells
    (Champions 2020)

    Denso Ten Red Phoenix
    (2nd Place 2020)

    Mazda Cross Nine
    (3rd Place 2020)

    Ibiden Regulus
    (4th Place 2020)

    Kagoshima Bank Regionwings
    (5th Place 2020)

    Tokyo Higashi Shinkin Bank Blue Rabbits
    (6th Place 2020)

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    Hita Kenshin White Dolphin
    Sanden Blue Ecores

    This year's Women's First League Tournament --usually contested during the summer months-- has been condensed and rescheduled.

    1. Osaka Tournament - Panasonic Gymnasium, Osaka Prefecture
    2. Regular round: September 18–20, 2021
      • Seven team single round robin (Part 1)
    3. Water City Ogaki Tournament - Ogaki City Gymnasium, Gifu Prefecture
      • Regular round: October 23–24, 2021
        • Part 2 of the seven team single round robin
    4. Kobe Tournament - Kobe Municipal Central Gymnasium, Hyogo Prefecture
      • Final League: November 13–14, 2021
        • Top four after Regular Round play a four team single round robin; Bottom three after Regular Round play a three team single round robin
    5. Tokyo Tournament - Sumida Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo
      • Final Tournament: December 11–12, 2021
        • Semifinals and Final for the Top 4; pseudo semifinal/Final for the Bottom 3
        • The ultimate bottom feeder of Women's First League will play the 2nd place finisher from Women's Second League as a Challenge/Relegation Match. The Women's Second League 1st place finisher will promote to Women's First League

    [Update 2021.09.15] - Osaka Tournament First Round has been canceled.

    The Second League tournament will be held concurrently with the First League, at separate venues, such that on the last day of the First League Tournament the Second League's 2nd place finisher will play the First League's bottom feeder in the Challenge/Relegation Match.

    First League team Sanden Blue Ecores appears to have hung up their towels for good. They did not participate last year and are officially out this year. Hence, the first place finishing Second League team will automatically promote to bring the First League back to eight teams.

    First League team Hita Kenshin White Dolphin also did not participate last year. They are a medical care company and declined out of an abundance of caution. Depending on the covid states of emergency they may ultimately not participate this year. The Blue Ecores are a car parts company.

    Panasonic Bluebells have won this all six times it's been contested so far. They're awesome :heart:


    Because it is expected that there will be no audience, live distribution will be carried out for the first time on YouTube on the second day of ② or ③


  • The rapscallions at V9 volleyball snuck in a warmup tournament a couple weeks ago without telling me :cursing:

    Heralded as "V9 Champ Exchange Tournament", it had four teams from First League and three teams from Second League. All matches were two sets, tie-breakers be damned

    Final Result:

    #TeamSets W
    Sets L
    Points W
    Points L
    Point Spread
    1stPanasonic Bluebells111248128120
    1stDenso Ten Red Phoenix111250130120
    3rdIbiden Regulus66205219– 14
    4thPanasonic Tsu Advance57194242– 48
    5thTWCPE48196229– 33
    6thShinkin Bank Blue Rabbits39172239– 67
    7thNSSU210164242– 78

    There is video of all the matches here for those into that kind of thing. They are youtube videos also located on the 9volleyball youtube channel but easier to locate at their web site. The videos are all end of court single stationary camera, but fidelity is top notch, about the equivalent of Coach YURI BULYCHEV's analyst view videos. (small bummer for me is that since the teams don't switch sides, we get only one view of a team, and every single Bluebells match has them far side of court --and they are wearing masks)

  • This is not a good sign. Panasonic Bluebells just updated their match schedule with a strikethrough on the 1st Round:

  • The Osaka Tournament First Round scheduled for September 18–20, 2021 has been canceled. The official 9-ball people haven't fessed up to it but both Panasonic Bluebells and Denso Ten Red Phoenix (the only teams with web sites) have removed the Osaka Tournament from their schedules

    No word yet on how they will restructure the remaining three rounds. Color me bummed

  • How lame. The tournament was scheduled to start last night and didn't, and the official web site and twitter crap have nothing to say about it

  • Apparently they sacked what was scheduled as the First Round and are instead making it into its own separate tournament with teams from Division 1 & 2 and a few University teams, similar to the group that contested the "Exchange Tournament" a month or two ago. The official 9-ball web site has nothing to say about it. Thanks to Denso Ten Red Phoenix for the Info:

    The 11th Water City Cup 9-person Women's Volleyball Selection Championship
    * No spectator match

    October 23–24, 2021 - Ogaki City Gymnasium (Gifu Prefecture)

    Participating teams

    • Panasonic Bluebells
    • Denso Ten Red Phoenix
    • Mazda Cross Nine
    • Ibiden Regulus
    • Tokyo Higashi Shinkin Bank Blue Rabbits
    • Panasonic Tsu Advance
    • Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education
    • Japan Women's College of Physical Education
    • Nippon Sport Science University

    10/23 (Sat) 9: 30- Match start

    10/24 (Sun) 9: 00- Match start

  • So ... Four matches a day for two days. Two set matches and that's it. No tie-breaker. That's how the "Exchange Tournament" went down. Ranking will be by set ratio/point ratio in case of ties. The Exchange Tournament ended in a tie for first place. No big deal. This is not important for any of the teams that will finish in the top half. I'm not sure if the Uni teams or Division 2 teams can upgrade. There is an opening in Division 1, as one of the teams seems to have vanished

    Panasonic Bluebells will livestream matches on their Tweetbox. Tweetstreams aren't usually worth watching but I may look in just for the rush of live knowing who wins

    Starts at 9:30 Japan Time, so I can get in a match before the Uni games start

    Go Bluebells :super:

  • 11th Annual Water City Cup Day 1

    2021.10.23 Results

    Court A
    Court B Court C

    Bluebells 2–0 NSSU — 21-6, 21-11

    Red Phoenix 2–0 JWCPE — 21-6, 21-8

    Cross Nine 2–0 TWCPE — 21-8, 21-18

    Regulus 2–0 NSSU — 22-20, 22-20

    Blue Rabbits 2–0 JWCPE — 21-13, 21-18

    Tsu Advance 1–1 TWCPE — 21-12, 10-21

    Bluebells 2–0 Regulus — 21-9, 21-8

    Red Phoenix 2–0 Blue Rabbits — 21-6, 21-7

    Cross Nine 2–0 Tsu Advance — 21-11, 21-9

    Bluebells 2–0 JWCPE — 21-8, 21-11

    Red Phoenix 2–0 TWCPE — 21-11, 21-6

    Cross Nine 2–0 NSSU — 21-10, 21-5

    Regulus 1–1 JWCPE — 21-13, 18-21

    Blue Rabbits 1–1 TWCPE — 23-21, 13-21

    Tsu Advance 1–1 NSSU — 23-21, 12-21

    Regulus 2–0 Tsu Advance — 21-9, 21-12

    Bluebells 2–0 Blue Rabbits — 21-6, 21-3

    Cross Nine 1–1 Red Phoenix — 21-17, 17-21

  • 11th Annual Water City Cup Day 2

    2021.10.24 Results

    Court A Court B Court C

    Bluebells 2–0 TWCPE — 21-7, 21-3

    Red Phoenix 2–0 NSSU — 21-9, 21-7

    Cross Nine 2–0 JWCPE — 21-9, 21-16

    Regulus 2–0 TWCPE — 21-18, 21-11

    Blue Rabbits 2–0 NSSU — 21-5, 21-17

    Tsu Advance 0–2 JWCPE — 18–21, 16-21

    Bluebells 2–0 Tsu Advance — 21-6, 21-7

    Red Phoenix 2–0 Regulus — 21-14, 21-9

    Cross Nine 2–0 Blue Rabbits — 21-18, 21-10

    Bluebells 1–1 Cross Nine — 21-14, 19–21

    Red Phoenix 2–0 Tsu Advance — 21-4, 21-8

    JWCPE 1–1 NSSU — 18–21, 21-12

    Cross Nine 2–0 Regulus — 21-6, 21–12

    Blue Rabbits 2–0 Tsu Advance — 21–16, 21–14

    TWCPE 1–1 JWCPE — 20–22, 21–16

    Bluebells 2–0 Red Phoenix — 21-18, 21-17

    Regulus 1–1 Blue Rabbits — 21-17, 21-23

    TWCPE 1–1 NSSU — 19–21, 21–11

  • 11th Annual Water City Cup Final Results

    set Wset L


    Panasonic Bluebells



    Mazda Cross Nine



    Denso Ten Red Phoenix


    Rank TeamWLTieset W
    set L
    4th Place
    Ibiden Regulus33288 (Pts.0.92)

    5th Place

    Shinkin Bank Blue Rabbits

    33288 (Pts 0.86)

    6th Place



    7th Place



    8th Place



    9th Place

    Panasonic Tsu Advance


    Bluebells lost a set =O