Posts by brahmin

    The Japanese team has the easy draws until the 2nd round at least. The team is "lucky" need not to face the Thailand or the South Korean team, only the weak Kazakhstan concerning the fellow Asians plus some other lesser teams. Btw talking about this, the World Cup's Round-Robin format is the best, the fairest... Just no luck of draws and inescapable, every one must face every body, love it or not... no argument, no doubt, no dispute!


    But that could be a very decent small prize to earn from throwing in huge money to host the largest event in volleyball... just imagine, 23 guest teams times how many official headcounts per each team, then over two week duration! And the Japanese team plays an interesting volleyball to watch, and its name guarantees a strong contention in the Asian Continent. I also love to see Japan hosting the volleyball events, it's a quality and friendly host (basically all these three Asian NOC: Japan, China and Thailand are the very capable hosts with the various excellent infrastructures), and of course its time zone is very friendly within the own continent :-) Just love it!!

    This would essentially be an entire month. You cannot play every day per FIVB rules. So you could play 3 matches in a row over three days. So you need 4 cities to host each 3 day round (and the finale with only 2 days). Let alone have simple connections between cities for teams. There would be probably be 2 days when you switch cities. I can't see the FIVB ever doing this. Let alone national teams wanting to do this.

    Japan will probably be 4-1 in the first round. The Germany match may trip them up, but they are much better than Argentina, Cameroon and Mexico. They are not taking down the Netherlands.

    With 2014, how do you think Poland felt with the third round draw. Sure I’ll take Brazil and Russia in my pool? Just to reach the semifinals.


    The reason for the draw is to prevent loses on purpose. I think that they should have drawn the second place teams as well, but they were already slotted.


    With the change on points after 2014, it goes back to the Dominican Republic women. The swept the first round 5-0, but had 12 points, to Italy’s 4-1 and 13 points. Italy was first on points. Winning should be the most important thing and so it changed in 2015 that wins are most important and then points.


    At this stage all matches matter, you lose you go home.

    37 - Maurice Armando Torres - PUR - 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship - PUR - FIN
    34 - Stephen Boyer - FRA - 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship - FRA - SRB
    33 - Facundo Conte - ARG - 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship - ARG - JPN
    31 - Yuji Nishida - JPN - 2018 FIVB Men's World Championship - JPN - ARG
    30 - Amir Ghafour - IRI - 2014 FIVB Men's World Championship - IRI - SRB

    France cannot beat Canada on sets ratio if tied on wins and points

    With pools, really it should have been the two Italian pools go together and the two Bulgarian pools in the second round. However the Italians and Bulgarians do get these stipulations (as every host does for simplicity of travel and domestic TV). With the FIVB only wanting six teams in the third round (I would prefer eight and quarterfinals), it was a little quirky. They had to look after the draw and say which teams would keep the hosts from getting to a position for the best TV broadcast in their market.

    You can move after the server contacts the ball. If the 5 is in front of 4 then you are out of rotation and play is stopped and the point is awarded to the serving team.

    Jebi, did cause damage to the road to the Kansai International Airport just south of Osaka. However, teams can fly to Kobe instead of Osaka (which is a not far away from Osaka). Hokkaido, where Sapporo is just had an earthquake yesterday. The Airport has reopened, but public transportation may still be an immediate issue. Some roads are down, but others are still passable. So, it may take longer to get to where you want to go.

    As the tournament is 3 weeks away, it would be almost impossible to shift locations on that short of notice. Let alone find enough hotel rooms.

    Having lived in Japan, you feel tremors sometimes small, sometimes bigger.

    • Setters: Koyomi Tominaga (Lardini Filottrano), Miya Sato (Hitachi Rivale), Kanami Tashiro (CSM Bucharest)
    • Middle Blockers: Nana Iwasaka (captain, Hisamitsu Springs) Erika Araki (Toyota Auto Body Queenseis), Mai Okumura (), Haruyo Shimamura (NEC Red Rockets)
    • Outside Hitters: Risa Shinnabe (Hisamitsu Springs), Yuki Ishii (Hisamitsu Springs), Sarina Koga (NEC Red Rockets), Ai Kurogo (Toray Arrows), Yurie Nabeya (Denso Airybees)
    • Opposite: Miyu Nagaoka (Imoco Volley Conegliano),
    • Liberos: Kotoe Inoue (CSM Bucharest), Mako Kobata (JT Marvelous)

    Japan just released final roster


    • Setters: Koyomi Tominaga (Lardini Filottrano), Miya Sato (Hitachi Rivale), Kanami Tashiro (CSM Bucharest)
    • Middle Blockers: Nana Iwasaka (captain, Hisamitsu Springs) Erika Araki (Toyota Auto Body Queenseis), Mai Okumura (JT Marvelous), Haruyo Shimamura (NEC Red Rockets)
    • Outside Hitters: Risa Shinnabe (Hisamitsu Springs), Yuki Ishii (Hisamitsu Springs), Sarina Koga (NEC Red Rockets), Ai Kurogo (Toray Arrows), Yurie Nabeya (Denso Airybees)
    • Opposite: Miyu Nagaoka (Imoco Volley Conegliano),
    • Liberos: Kotoe Inoue (CSM Bucharest), Mako Kobata (JT Marvelous)

    There are plenty of regional championships in Japan, let alone prefectural things. PFU, Kurobe, Queenseis, JR Gifu, Breath Hamamatsu and Denso all played over three days. Only best-of-three sets. Queenseis won over Kurobe in the finals, Kurobe beat Denso in one semifinal, while Queenseis beat PFU in the other.

    Philippines players will probably not cost a lot on the transfer. It is a big step up in play even at the V2 level, which would be my expectation. V1 teams are taking known commodities from top level countries, USA, Serbia and Cuba.

    What team is that? Is it the one that Takeshita's team tried to buy? This is sad news for me because I love Arisa Sato. I loved watching all the Hitachi games last season because of Arisa even though they lost almost all the time.


    Isn't it possible that it might be two years before this team makes its way into V1? Don't new teams have to petition their way into Level Three and then win their way into the top Division?


    Sadder even more is that if Arisa is playing in some funky lower division team she won't ever make her way back to the NT where she belongs. I'm really mad at the whole world right now :cursing:

    The team in Sendai is a completely new team. Belle Fille died before the 2017-2018 season and cannot come back. The new team would have to reach S1 license and let alone perform well enough to be promoted from V2.

    Part of the love for Kurogo is that she won the high school championship. Everyone gets accustomed to watching them as kids and then expect them to continue as adults. Kurogo is still incredibly young. Yuki kind of just showed up and then she's a permanent fixture on the team. Japan needs some solid all around players (Yuki and Risa) to keep the ball in play and get some kills. They are not going to dominate a team with height (Russia, USA, Brazil, Serbia). Japan's blocking numbers are always horrible, so they have to depend on digging and serving to keep them in matches. Any departure from that script would be near impossible with such a short team.

    Araki has so much experience with the national team and is trying to pass that onto the younger players. Araki will go through 2020 before retiring. Horikawa is not Nagaoka, but I would have had Sakoda in Rio as my opposite starter, but that's my opinion.

    Right now, I am wondering if they can make the third round of the world championships. Probably will go 4-1 in the First Round (losing to Netherlands). Would face Serbia and Brazil in 2nd Round. If they win one of those matches, they have a chance, but they cannot waste points or sets in the first round. A win over the Netherlands would change their chances for the third round.