Japan - V.League (Division 1, Men) 2021-2022

  • Final 3 Match

    Suntory Sunbirds with a 1-0 advantage to start the series


    Panasonic Panthers 3-2 Suntory Sunbirds 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-10

    Series tied at 1-1, forcing a 25-point Golden Set


    Golden Set

    Suntory 25-21 Panasonic

    Dmitriy Muserskiy with 12 points (10k, 2 a) in the final set'


    Finals, Best of 2 series, if tied at 1-1, 25 point Golden Set

    Wolfdogs Nagoya vs. Suntory Sunbirds

    April 10 & 17

  • Challenge Matches

    2 match series, with total wins, total points, total sets ratio, and total points ratio as the tiebreakers

    April 9

    Voreas Hokkaido (V2 1st Place) vs. VC Nagano Tridents (V1 10th Place)

    Voreas Hokkaido 3-2 VC Nagano Tridents, 33-31, 19-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-12

    Yu-Sheng Chang (TPE) of Voreas with 43 (40k, 1b, 2a) and Rivan Nurmulki (INA) of Nagano with 33 (30k, 1b, 2a)

    Voreas lead series 1-0


    Voreas will win series with a win.

    VC Nagano will win series with a win in less than 5 sets. 4-2 on points

    If Nagano win in 5 sets, series will be tied at 1-1 wins, 3-3 points and 5-5 sets. Nagano will need to outscore Voreas by 2 points or more to stay in V1.


    Fujitsu Kawasaki Red Spirits (V2 2nd Place) vs. Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler (V1 9th Place)

    Fujitsu Kawasaki Red Spirits 3-2 Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler, 25-20. 25-22. 21-25. 19-25. 15-13

    Brian Baganas (PHI) with 21 (16k, 5b) for Oita, Mori Yanagaida with 21 (17k, 3b, 1a) for Fujitsu


    Fujitsu will win series with a win.

    Oita will win series with a win in less than 5 sets. 4-2 on points

    If Oita win in 5 sets, series will be tied at 1-1 wins, 3-3 points and 5-5 sets. At present after the first match the teams are tied on points at 105. So if the match does go to Oita in 5 sets, they will need to at least match Fujitsu on points scored to stay in V1. If Fujitsu would score 1 more point in the five set Oita win, Fujitsu would be promoted to V1.

  • Challenge Matches

    2 match series, with total wins, total points, total sets ratio, and total points ratio as the tiebreakers

    April 10

    Voreas Hokkaido (V2 1st Place) vs. VC Nagano Tridents (V1 10th Place)

    VC Nagano Tridents 3-2 Voreas Hokkaido, 35-37, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14, 15-10

    Yu-Sheng Chang (TPE) of Voreas with 33 (29k, 1b, 3a) and Rivan Nurmulki (INA) of Nagano with 23 (18k, 2b, 3a)

    Series tied 1-1 win each, 3-3 points each, 5-5 sets won each.

    VC Nagano 233 points scored to Voreas Hokkaido's 218

    VC Nagano Tridents stay in V1


    Fujitsu Kawasaki Red Spirits (V2 2nd Place) vs. Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler (V1 9th Place)

    Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler 3-1 Fujitsu Kawasaki Red Spirits, 29-27, 25-21, 34-36, 25-19

    Brian Baganas (PHI) with 32 (26k, 3b, 3a) for Oita, Mori Yanagaida with 24 (23k, 1a) for Fujitsu

    Series tied 1-1 win each, but Oita wins on points 4-2

    Oita Miyosh Weisse Adler stay in V1

  • Final Series, Game 1, April 10

    Wolfdogs Nagoya 3-0 Suntory Sunbirds, 25-19, 28-26, 25-21

    Bartosz Kurek (POL) with 20 (19k, 1a) for Nagoya, Dmitriy Muserskiy (RUS) with 21 (19k, 1b, 1a) for Suntory

    Kenta Takanashi and Hirota Denda each with 3 aces for Wolfdogs

    Wolfdogs lead series 1-0


    If Wolfdogs win on April 17th, they will be champions

    Suntory must win on April 17th to force a 25-point Golden Set.

  • Best 6:

    OH Yanagida (Suntory Sunbirds)

    OH Takanashi (Wolfdogs Nagoya)

    OP Kurek (Wolfdogs Nagoya)

    MB Yamauchi (Panasonic Panthers)

    MB Takahashi (Toray Arrows)

    S Oya (Suntory Sunbirds)


    Best rookies:

    OH Otsuka (Panasonic Panthers)

    MB Murayama (JTEKT Stings)


    Best receiver:

    OH Shoma (Toray Arrows)


    Best libero:
    Ogawa (Wolfdogs Nagoya)

  • Looking at the stats. It was almost like Nagoya was still in their pajamas against Suntory.


    match 2

    11 blocks for Suntory to 3 for Nagoya. 5 each from the middles

    6 service aces for Suntory to 0 for Nagoya. Muserskiy with 3 and Yanagida with 2.

    Then throw in 38 kills with 1 hitting error on 55 swings, a hitting ((kills-errors)/swings) percentage of 67.2%, even taking out blocks, the hitting efficiency ((kills-errors-blocks)/swings) is 61.8%. Yanagida was the only Suntory player less than this number at 5 kills (0 errors) on 9 swings.

    Only one player for Nagoya past 61.8% hitting efficiency, which was middle Ryota Denda at 4 kills (0 errors) on 6 swings. That’s not a good sign for Nagoya.

    Kurek with 20 (19k, 1b) for Nagoya only player in double figures

    Muserskiy with 17 (14k, 3a) for Suntory

    Haruko Ono 11 (6k, 5b) for Suntory

    Shikun Peng 12 (6k, 5b, 1a) for Suntory


    Golden Set to 25 points

    Not much changed, other than Kurek did not do much with the sets, 7 kills (1 error) on 19 swings.

    Muserskiy with 8 kills (0 errors) in 13 swings.

    Suntory with 0 errors, with 1 Nagoya block

    Nagoya with 1 error with, 3 Suntory blocks

    Suntory’s hitting efficiency 14 kills, 0 errors, 1 block on 21 swings, 61.9%

    Wolfdogs 12 kills, 1 errors, 3 blocks on 28 swings, 28.6%, which was an improvement on the 22.4% (36-8-11/76) in the regular match, but still nowhere near what was needed.

    Suntory won by 29 points today in four sets, and it wasn’t close. Nagoya may have been propped up by a number of forfeit wins this year, but being 3-1 against Suntory in the regular season and then getting the 3-0 win last week, this was a let down, and a deserved win by the Sunbirds.

  • FC Tokyo men’s team has been saved and will change their name to NatureLab and remain in the V1 league from June, after the Kurowashiki (Black Eagle) tournament.


    no logo or nickname yet for the team from NatureLab, which makes many grooming products (men and women) that are sold online.