Posts by sitenoise

    Probably not going to be a lot of news here because I can't find anywhere on the web that is covering it. Apologies to any Universities whose name I have mangled through Google Translation. I would kill for some roster action, and kill with prejudice to know a place where these matches (at least the finals) might be broadcast.

    The getsuvolley site will have rosters and broadcasts of the High School Championship but nada for Universities that I can find :(

    66th Super College Women's Championship

    Sixty-four teams will haul ass through the Regular Round in four days. Day 5 is the Semis; Day 6, the Final (and 3rd place match). It's like March madness: You lose, you go home (I think). In its 65 year history (1954–present) only about a dozen different teams have won it, with Nippon Sport Science University winning it 29 times (28 times in the first 40 years, and then not again until 2014). (Wiki-Source)

    The brackets are presumably drawn so that the favored teams don't meet on day 1. Here they are in Japanese.

    The 2019 Contenders
    Aichi Gakuin University
    Aoyama Gakuin University
    Ashiya University
    Chūgoku Gakuen University
    Chukyo University
    Daito Bunka University
    Edogawa University
    Fukuoka University
    Fukushima University
    Fukuyama Heisei University
    Gifu Kyoritsu University
    Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University
    Hiroshima University
    Hokkaido Tokai University
    Hokusho University
    International Pacific University
    JF Oberlin University
    Juntendo University
    Kaetsu University
    Kanagawa University
    Kanazawa Seiryo University
    Kansai University
    Keiai University
    Kinjo University
    Kobe Gakuin University
    Kobe Shinwa Women's University
    Koeki University
    Kokushikan University
    Kumamoto Gakuen University
    Kwansei Gakuin University
    Kyoto Sangyo University
    Kyoto Tachibana University
    Kyushu Kyoritsu University
    Matsuyama Shinonome College
    Mukogawa Women's University
    Nagasaki International University
    Nagasaki Junshin University
    Nagoya Gakuin University
    Nihon University
    Niigata University of Health and Welfare
    Osaka International University
    Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences
    Ryukoku University
    Sapporo University
    Seinan Jo Gakuin University
    Seisa Dohto University
    Senri Kinran University
    Shigakkan University
    Shigakukan University
    Shikoku University
    Shoin University
    Shokei Gakuin University
    Sonoda Women's University
    Tenri University
    Tezukayama University
    Tohoku Fukushi University
    Tokai Mermaids
    Tsukuba Daigaku
    Tsuru University
    Waseda Universit


    1. University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba Daigaku), who featured the oh so lovely MVP and best MB Haruka Maruo, are the reigning Champions
    2. Aoyama Gakuin University, Silver Meadlists, have a bunch of little sisters: Ai Shimamura, Yuka Oikawa, Aki Meguro, Yuki Higane
    3. Shoin University captured Bronze with Himeji Gold Arisa Nagano (Best Spiker), and NEC's Chinami Furuya (Best Scorer)

    are you running Google translate while it is running? That may be the reason things aren’t looking right.

    That's it! That's what makes the names lag behind the photos.

    So when Tominaga comes on for Inoue the picture updates but Inoue's name hangs around--and the reason Tominaga is labeled Inoue is because of the way double subs work (Tominaga doesn't actually sub Inoue). I've noticed the names are often 2 spots behind the pic, but in this case above they are 4 spots behind. It's just lucky that Tominaga/Inoue happened.

    I guess the question is: What does it look like when you look at it , because you can read Japanese? Next time it's convenient for you give it a look, see if the names match the photos and keep up with the match.

    Sun 10 Nov 2019 Results

    Home Away
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats Vid
    JA Gifu 2–3 GSS Sunbeams 25-21 24-26 28-26 13-25 13-15 103–113 Stats
    Kashiwa 1–3 Hamamatsu 22-25 25-23 12-25 18-25 77–98 Stats
    Brilliant Aries 1–3 Gunma Bank 25-23 13-25 16-25 19-25 73–98 Stats
    Hiroshima 2–3 Prestige 25-18 27-25 22-25 26-28 14-16 114–112 Stats

    Hard to tell what's going on down here in the minors, but the surprising, and confounding, thing to me is that The GSS Sunbeams have beaten the top two teams from last year (excluding Himeji) both in 5 set matches. The Sunbeams did pick up a transfer player from Hiroshima, Haruka Yoshizato, who's doing well but they have a terrible terrible web site, and one of the biggest, clumsiest looking players I've ever seen on a volleyball court, so I don't want them to win anything.

    JA Gifu lost 3 or 4 of their starters from last year so they're in rebuilding mode but they still have some good players --Kino Yoshii might be one of the best OHs in the league.

    My team, New Kids on the Block Brilliant Aries, has at least taken a set from the two best teams from last year. Let's go Ami & Emi :super:

    it is on their spiking. Second fewest back row attack kills. Also their kill percentage is really bad as well. Passing is really good but kills aren’t happening.

    Odd stat Araki and Fabiana have the same number of kills, but Araki has done it in fewer swings.

    I see the bad kill % as a symptom more than a cause, but you got the numbers right. It's weird.

    Watching Hisamitsu (when I can) the thing I see that's different about them this year is a sad bit of body language that happens after a player is crouched down a little, readying themselves for the attack to come, and then the ball lands in a giant empty bit of real estate between players. The body language thing: that embarrassing WTF moment when they straighten up. It's glaring, and unusual. Other than that, everything appears the same to me.

    Sun 10 Nov 2019 Results

    Home Away
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats Vid
    JT 3–1 Toyota 25-14 22-25 25-18 25-18 97–75 Stats YT
    Hisamitsu 1–3 Denso 25-21 21-25 12-25 22-25 80–96 Stats
    Saitama 3–1 Kurobe 25-19 25-20 23-25 25-22 98–86 Stats YT
    Okayama 3–0 Himeji 25-12 25-14 25-21 75–47 Stats

    Two things JT has going for them: Aki Momii, their new teenage setter is a big upgrade. She contributes a lot on defense, from blocking to digging; Annie Drews is not getting in the way of JT playing the kind of volleyball they like to play. Technically this JT v Toyota match wasn't high quality: 33–30% hitting and 42–32% receiving, but it was fun to watch. The Star Conference play out is going to be fun. Toray isn't at full strength yet (still missing Kurogo).

    No surprise Denso beat Hisamitsu. Wish I could have seen it.

    Kurobe is being a bit of a thorn in the side of other teams this year. I wish they would actually win a game or two that they fight so hard for. It was fun watching the Santiago sisters go at it. Dindin is a nice upgrade in the middle over that girl who does cartwheels after scoring a point. And Natsumi Watabiki has come out of nowhere and is having a banner year: leads the league in blocks with 30. Kurobe has played a game or two more than others, but still.

    I still believe in Himeji.

    You're right! 8| What's happening to Hisamitsu? They lost most games now than the entirety of last season... Are they missing Foluke so much that they don't know how to win anymore?

    It's inexplicable. I don't think they miss Foluke. Fabiana is doing a good job. She's not the party animal Foluke was, she's all business, but with the roster they have they shouldn't be dependent on one person.

    They've lost more games now than they lost in the last TWO seasons combined.

    This JT v Toyota match is a good game of volleyball. JT's coach has a different rotation/sub philosophy than the previous year. Annie sits out the 3rd quarter, or so, so JT's other players don't feel useless. Yuka Kitsui has court presence, now. With Meguru, Tanaka, and Kobata in the back row, it's hard to beat that. Brilliant move. Hayashi rotates into that with no downgrade while Annie does the full court run-around :dance4:

    Apologies to the Brankica lovers in this world --I consider myself one of them-- but Annie Drews is a much much better fit for JT than Brankica was. Annie is a true, dedicated OP. Brankica just got called one because JT had no one local to carry that mantle. Annie doesn't drag the team down with pout parties when things aren't going well, and she's not nearly the defensive liability Brankica was. JT is a quick, scrappy team if you let them be. They play Japanese volleyball, receiving and passing well. And it looks like Annie has ditched the gum. Took her long enough. I hope it sticks!

    Sat 9 Nov 2019 Results (Opening Weekend)

    Home Away
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats Vid
    Gunma Bank 2–3 GSS Sunbeams 36-34 19-25 25-15 21-25 13-15 114–114 Stats
    Prestige 1–3 Kashiwa 18-25 24-26 25-18 25-27 92–96 Stats
    Brilliant Aries 1–3 JA Gifu 21-25 19-25 25-23 20-25 85–98 Stats
    Hiroshima 1–3 Hamamatsu 18-25 10-25 25-22 23-25 76–97 Stats

    Not one of them streamed on VTV. This sucks

    Sat 9 Nov 2019 Results

    Home Away
    Set 1
    Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Stats Vid
    Himeji 0–3 Denso 15-25 15-25 20-25 50–75 Stats YT
    Toray 3–0 PFU 25-15 25-14 25-17 75–46 Stats
    JT 3–1 Saitama 25-17 20-25 25-22 25-23 95–87 Stats YT
    Hisamitsu 3–2 Okayama 25-20 26-24 18-25 20-25 15-11 104–105 Stats YT
    Toyota 3–2 Kurobe 20-25 25-16 17-25 25-21 15-9 102–96 Stats YT
    NEC 3–0 Hitachi 25-18 30-28 25-20 80–66 Stats

    Not one single replay I can find. This sucks

    Edit: Found a few