What an odd cultural phenom. So ... this dude can make it known he's married and he can still play volleyball?
But Hirayama though 👏
gosh dambit. I don't know if Shion played OP in that match but the fact that she kills beastly like a standard OP has to be utilized. Such a shame she chose the Hikari Kato style career path of training to warm the SAGA bench, but ... she did have surgery. Maybe she's fully rehab'd now and gets a little playing time beyond serve sub this year
These 2 together were just tragic.
Around 2018 there was that match the ball that Iwasaka was supposed to block hit Shinnabe straight in the face...
That was a perfect set by Nana and Shinnabe just tipped it instead of killing it
all this time i thought nec's setter was their libero. who was their main libero last season?
Sawada plays D like a libero
Manami Kojima has been the libero for a couple years. She had to wait for Iwasaki to retire
Japan won the two Asian Senior Women's Championships they participated in this past cycle. I found it amusing to compare the starting lineups
2017 2019 Sato - S Matsui - S Nomoko - OH Osanai - OH Iwasaka - MB Yamada - MB Shinnabe - OP YOLO - OP Uchiseto - OH Ishikawa - OH Okumura - MB Hirayama- MB Inoue - L Mizusugi - L Coaches Nakada and Ferhat Coach Lovebunny
Can you tell me their names and which clubs they will play for
The confirmed new Thai imports for 2021-22
Pimpichaya Kokram (AVC) at Kurobe
Hattaya Bamrungsuk (AVC) at Toyota
Rumors of Chatchu-On Moksri at SAGA and one other rumor I forgot
Thatdao is also returning to JT as far as I know
I guess they will have to pair Valdes with Nabeya. Tahara is not a defensive setter but PFU's main setter what's her name... does fine.
I like PFU's what's her name setter. Funny her name never sticks but I know it gets confused with Miyashita, so probably Yamashita?
Tahara has looked awful in the PFU scrimmages and their match against NEC, much to my chagrin. I loved her in the old Denso days.
In their NEC match Tahara set for what I imagined would be their Starting pins in real season: Valdes, Nabeya, Shima. They didn't do very well. Yamashita? set for Watanabe, Takaso, Horiguchi, and they did better. So who knows how the coach is going to handle all the luxury.
she played with PFU, but man they waited and got slim pickings.
But, to be fair, I liked Acosta's style. I mean , she actually played full volleyball, not just a swinger standing the corner like many imports. But she wasn't all that good. In terms of scoring Melissa Valdes is an upgrade offensively but a massive downgrade defensively.
My concern here is that Matsui's job is going to be tough. She needs to have a breakout year now that she's full time starter, and it's going to be difficult with a team in such a downward spiral. But if she can keep them competitive, it'll be doubly good for her
Sadly I don't think Kato is able to grow because of how limited her court time is which is baffling. Sakai must be aware of what she's capable of. Did she get to play a lot during Summer League?
Kato gets to play in all the third rail tournaments like Summer League , National Sports Festival, etc although I believe last year's V Cup was mostly out of reach
Funny, I pegged Kato as equivalent/better than Arisa Inoue. Basically has a good attack when it's a good set, and nothing else to her game. Inoue is a year or two ahead of Kato but I don't think she's any better.
Speaking of chonky U-Squads of yesteryear and "where are they today?" ... 2017.05.21 AVC U23 Championship Final JPN v THA ... full set match
Some of our favorite young Thai players , Ajcharaporn, Pimpichaya, Chatchu-On, etc. take on:
- (S) Miki Sakurai (Himeji's current setter)
- (OP) Misaki Yamauchi (NEC Captain three years running) #freeMisakiYamauchi
- (OH) Hikari Kato (Keeping the SAGA bench warm)
- (OH) Nanaka Sakamoto (Played abroad, retired from Denso)
- (MB) Ayaka Sugi (Friendliest face in volleyball, retired from Toyota this summer)
- (MB) Nozomi Itoh (Shoelace for a headband, retired from Toray)
- (L) Moeri Hanai (Himeji's current libero)
This is the tournament that made me love Ayaka Sugi, but I digress ...
Phoenix this is all you need for Hikari Kato (and probably all you'll want)
Sakurai started the first two sets as setter with Kato and Sakamoto on the wings.
These three take over in set 3 and things change dramatically
- (S) Misaki Shirai (Current backup Toray setter)
- (OH) Rei Kudo (Denso)
- (OH) Miwako Osanai (Hitachi)
Kaori Mabashi dub sub sighting in set 1
This ref seems a little judgemental to me
Nice comeback from the Turkey Toddlers in Set 2
Ken Inoue, Executive Director of the team, has been appointed as head coach for the V League 2021-22 season. In addition, two new coaches have been decided to join
I wonder what's up with Sarina Koga. She was distant and disconnected from the team at that PFU thing