Can anyone please shed me some light on the "ever popular" Yoshino? I no longer closely followed V-leauge, but whenever i saw her playing, she was nothing extraordinary. Did i miss something along the way?
I imagine Kurogo may take it a little easy at first. I wonder much the Olympic bound players will play or not, avoiding any chance of injury. I bet Ishikawa plays a lot, though
It's going to be fun with Kurogo and Ishikawa as dueling attackers. It would be so much more fun if Mari Horikawa was on the right side. I'd pay to see that
U20 libero Rena Mizusugi is also a big upgrade. She contributed a lot to Toray's end season run last year. Now MB is their only un-spotlight position.
Kulan who led Toray to the final last March is still there with them this season. So offensively, they have Kulan, Kurogo and Ishikawa at the moment, ultra strong & competitive! Mari Horikawa is another non-receiving OPP so she basically a back-up for Kulan now.
on MB side, there's Kaho Ohno whose block skill is pretty decent while Nanami Inoue produces deadly slide and super quick on position number 3. Interestingly, Inoue has been consistently one of the best attacking MB in local league since her time in Denso then Hitachi but never made to the national team final list! Even during the MB crisis back in 2015, lol.
During the 4th set against Serbia, I suddenly thought was it like Nakada fooled us all along and the team would present a much better game this upcoming Olympic. It's merely impossible for the whole coaching team to be unable to recognize how awful their game is, at this stage. However, this went away quite fast as i recalled how Manabe made me all believe on a glorius Olympic cycle then the team surpisingly collasped, being almost beaten by Thailand in WOQ 2016.
Kantoku in Japanese is director, which is manager (in baseball terms). Actually for Japanese volleyball, this would be the head coach.
Sato is a player-head coach at this time, while they look for a new head coach.
When I look at the Japanese team, who is the leader of the team? I want the ball now person. It is Kurogo. There has not been one since Saori Kimura. Even then when she was captain, it was a different feel. Saori was not a normal leader, more like a mother hen. In 2010 Araki was the captain and she led well.
True, Kimura is really one of a kind player but not a true leader like Araki or Takeshita.
Talking about the match closer, I suddenly miss Yukiko Ebata a lot. She always delivered when we needed her the most. The injury at Montreux 2015, in a way, affected not only her career but imho, Japan's game as well.
Nakada must have missed Kurogo alot like any of us here.
Never thought that this Indonesian team, without Manganang (1st OH) and Berlian (NT main libero), could beat Vietnam in straight sets.
Yesterday, one of our main NT fan account in ig held discussion in comment section, and most of us thought that today's match would be a loss for us, and it's reversed.
One change that helped the team a lot was when Arsella was put as OH instead of MB, her main position in NT for many years. She used her experience as MB to make a lot of touch from Vietnam Opp and help the team to recycle the ball for counter attack. And her attack was surprisingly good. I think this is her first time as OH and our coach put her as starter instead of other OHs that served our NT for years.
And I'm so happy that our girls are having a good time playing in this competition. And I'm so proud for this team because they showed us better than what we expected.
Indonesia team clearly showed a huge improvement while my dear VNI team simply lost their driving forces to win. I don't know who to blame - the federation, the coach or the players themselves. Local fans are raving about how awful the sponsors (lol), the federation and the coach team are, but i believe the players also are not purely innocent.
The way they played was pathetic, comparing to their performance at VTV cup a while ago. It's 2019 already and they were not able to receive or defense a ball properly, talking about a 10-year-experience-in-NT libero! Whilst i can't even remember the last time any of the 3 best MBs (1 in Thai leauge, 1 in local league, 1 in U23 Asia championship) had a kill block. 4T was not in her best shape right now (she will go to Japan after today's match) while the main setter and 2 main OHs are still recovering from injury. Hence, local fans are now talking about how the team is gonna compete with Malaysia and Myanmar for 4th place in the upcoming Seagames lol.
Thanks, I did bite the bullet and made it so my computer can connect to faceturd, only to find pictures of the rosters that I can't copy and paste from, but they are useful for the extra info they provide. I did eventually use DuckDuckGo to search Thai web sites and found these copy/paste beauties: Source
Can someone explain Viet names to me? Looking at the official roster pictures it has, for example, Tran Thi Thanh Thuy listed as:
Last Name: Tran
First Name: Thi Thanh Thuy
Shirt Name: T.T.T. Thuy
Please forgive my ignorance, but why is "Thuy" the name that gets spelled out?
As per Wikipedia:
Thailand easily tops this tournament while the rest compete for 2nd place. Vietnam lost 3 main positions including the main setter - Nguyen Linh Chi and 2 OHs - Duong Thi Hen and Dinh Thi Thuy, all due to injury. While 4T is not in her best shape right now so it's not gonna be a surprise if we place at the bottom.
NEC Red Rockets have signed Polish OP Berenika Tomsia. Source: http://w-volley.necsports.net/topics_detail1/id=1753
Tomsia played for Heungkuk Pink Spiders last season, helping them win the Korean V-League Championship.
As if they don't have enough OPP and OH already!
Thuy officially signed with the club Japanese Denso Airy Bees
I'm going with this as official because I so want it to be true: Source
Tran Thi Thanh Thuy owners after the probationary period and negotiations have officially signed with the club Denso Airy Bees (Japan), becoming the 2nd foreign soldiers in the club attended V.League 2019/2020 season.It's amazing the stuff you can find on the Social Medias
The whole delay is all about the VFV (Vietnam Federation of Volleyball). They asked her to come back for 20 days to join in the South East Asian Games in which Denso consitstently refused. However, after some "deep" negotiation, 10% of 4T's earning will be given back for VFV so off she goes now. 10% or whatever, this is such a huge step forward in her career, she has to be there!
ai kurogo is injured
time for koga to shine (? or spectacularly fail to impress again)... hope'm wrong, rooting for jp still
miyashita's setting in the dom rep game is like flashback to a-game harukaaaaa PLAY HER MORE
Seriously??? Kurogo is injured?? I was surprised to see her sitting in the crowd last night. Hopefully minor injury only. The team desperately needs Kurogo now. Watching Ishii and Koga could not kill the balls many times in a row despite loads of great set from Miyashita at the end of set 3 yesterday was indeed uncomfortable.
This is the New York Yankees!
They still have Sinéad. I doubt 4T is going to make it though. Imagine that. It would be over the top. My money's on Denso, 4T or not. They have the Denso Bomber.
4T already returned home after probation week. VTV Binh Dien Long An (or Long An) - her local club and Denso are still in deep negotiation process regarding a few schedule conflicts. Both Long An and Vietnam national team desperately need 4T to join in national league in late september, Southest Asian Games in late november and Asean Grand Prix in december respectively. Meanwhile Denso presumbly refuses to release her back that much. So i'm afraid she can not make it to Japan this time round, as well.
Anyone else questioned about this Japan squad at this tournament? They're going to the final now, beating the host at semifinal!
Hats off to Ishikawa, Yamada, Seki, Osanai, Soga, Hirayama, Mizusugi, coach Aihara and all team!!
(づ ‾‾ ³ ‾‾ )づ♥❤
This Japan team will lose for sure from Korea and Thailand while they could have won competition sending A team.
Do watch some of the matches from 2018 Asian Games for your reference.
Trần Thị Thanh Thúy is not in the starting lineup
They showed her tearful with her foot in a bucket of ice. Not sure if it was after the game yesterday or before today's game
She got injured in the last match of preliminary round. Local fan are now worried she will miss the chance to play for Denso as her probation with the Japanese club is gonna start next wednesday.
Why Japan is sending such a weak team?
They didn't have to play at olympic qualification so they shoudn't be tired.
Why North Korea and Vietnam are not there?
It looks he is going to be Korea-Thailand final
This Japan team is clearly not weak at all, most of them are just back from Mexico with the U20 world champion title in their bags. And it's not the first time Japan sent their B team to this competition.
North Korea to play in South Korea? You're dreaming huh, lol.
Vietnam is certainly not interested in either Asia Championship or Olympic qualification as this nation's volleyball federation was more than willing to pay for the withdraw fine a few months ago. Similar to the Philippines, they take the South East Asia Games (Seagames) 2019 more serious, as well as the upcoming 2019 South East Asian Grand Prix.
And never look down on any Chinese team.
Ha! I just looked it up and indeed he was: 2008 Asian Junior Championships (Japanese Wiki). He also coached some of that group (without Nagaoka, Iwasaka, Inoue, etc.) the previous year at the 2007 World Youth Championship but they didn't do so well.
From his J-Wiki Profile it appears those were the only two times he's coached a National Squad prior to this year's U20. Those were Golden Years. As Coach of Higashi Kyushu Ryukoku he won five straight Gold Medals in the All Japan HS Championships - 2008 through 2012.
I have a feeling he might be better with kids than steely veterans. Not sure what Yuki Ishii or Risa would think of his airplane impersonation He may not be in line, or interested, in taking over the Senior NT. Time will tell.
With this U20 Squad, he either got lucky this group of kids came along (four of the starters are from the HS team that beat him last HS Championship), or he's brilliant. Or both. He picked that squad and stuck with them. When Nishikawa was clearly struggling at the beginning of the Gold Medal Match he took her out, but put her back in for Set 3 to finish the match. That was the decider.
I think if, say, Kumi Nakada were coaching this squad she would have played Nakagawa over Soga. I like Nakagawa but that would have spelled doom. Soga was so important in lifting the team
Gosh, i think this guy is really good at motivating speech, based on his always hyper mood, lol. FYI, his 2008 squad was always on fire, even Iwasaka was on her very rare beasty mode and scared the hell out of the young Chinese team.
Kumi Nakada used to be a greatly competitive, fierce and decisive player but i didn't see any of these characters at national team so far.
So this B team will take part in the Asia championship later this month in Korea?
That's for a different VTV Cup that happened in May. As far as I can tell AVC isn't helping this one, but their web site fools me, freezes my browser, and whatnot.
Arrival at Hotel
An article (with images) in Vietnamese about their training routine
Only info about the host team is available. There is no official source to check on registerred squad and match results so all we can do is watching the match live to get what's going on :-D.
Oh so this coach was probably also behind the unbeaten squad with Nagaoka, Kotoe Inoue, Kawaii, Iwasaka, Akutegawa, Kodaira, Minemura etc who won the 2008 U19 Asia Championship and didnot drop a single set along the way. They destroyed the young China team with Ding Xia, Yang Jun Jing, Liu Xiao Tong, Zeng Chunlei etc at the final. But i highly doubt they can repeat this feat if these 2 squads ever meet again.
Sarina Koga. I just don't know. She could be one of these players who was great at 18 and then fizzles by 22. Like Sakura Doi--she was a freaking beast in the HS matches I watched. Anybody know that name? Arisa Inoue? Kotona Hayashi remains to be seen. As does Kurogo, imo.
Sakura Doi was always a part of JP underage team to participate in every regional and international competitions from 2011up until 2015 . However, she failed to carry the team to final round at 2011 U17 world championship then easily faded away at subsequent tournaments. Those attacker who shined the most during that time were Momoka Oda, Aya Horie, Misaki Yamauchi (played as MB with an ultra quick slide) & especially Arisa Inoue who single handedly led the JP U19 team to the 2013 World U20 final only to lose to Zhuting. I believe she was also in the wide roster of Japan national team back in 2013. I didnot really follow any High School contest but Sakura Doi clearly did not show any of her beast side at those international matches back then.
The same case applied for Mizuki Tanaka of JT. She was also an unstopable beast at the 2014 national HS final match. Some people in her high school team even said she was an upgrade version of Risa Shinnabe. but now she remains to be a decent spiker, no more no less.
- During the yesterday's match, the commentator said Miyashita went back home by her own from 1st traning camp last season.
- This is because she didn't prepare mentally to play for NT.
- According to local magazine, she also couldn't decide whether she join the NT or not this season , but Nakada persuaded her to join the team then she joined.
I read some of her interviews and it seems she lacks confidence in herself and tends to underestimate herself, even after she experienced 2016 Olympics as a main setter.
Even though many coaches & ex-players saying Miyashita is the talented and the only setter who could bring big achievement for Japanese team, she doesn't trust these words and saying ''There are many setters in Japan who are better than myself. I still don't get why I got invitation to NT.''
So the whole thing is from Miyashita personally :-(. Thanks so much for your clarification, Ryu Takamiya.
It's been forever since the last time Japan sent their A team to an Asian Games. Or JVA and Nakada aim to collect all Asian crowns this time round?!