A half of spots for the Top 6 in Men’s V-League are booked (Panasonic Panthers, Gosei Trefuerza and Toray Arrows, respectively) while four teams are competing at the moment for the three remained spots. Many things will also depend on the teams that secured next stage. In other words, how much effort will they show playing against the teams that are fighting for the Top 6.
Suntory Sunbirds are one step closer to the next stage after beating Toray Arrows 3-1 (25-23, 24-26, 25-23, 25-21) in Round 18 thanks to 22 points from Colombian Yadrián Escobar.
In a direct clash for the Top 6 spot, JTEKT Stings downed JT Thunders in straight sets with 20 points from Bulgarian Matey Kaziyski.
Sakai Blazers are now further away from the next stage after suffering a 3-2 defeat to leaders Panasonic Panthers. Michał Kubiak scored 30 points (6 aces) for the winning team.
Gosei Trefuerza, reigning champions, easily prevailed over last-placed F.C. Tokyo. Croatian Igor Omrčen had 23 points for Trefuerza.
Polina Rahimova, Azerbaijani international, highlighted Round 20 of the Women’s V-League with 30 points, of which 4 came from a serve, in a 3-1 win of her Toyota Queenseis over Okayama Seagulls.
By the order in the standings (which can be changed in the next few rounds of the Regular Season), these teams from Women’s V-League will go to Top 6: NEC Red Rockets, Hisamitsu Springs, Hitachi Rivale, JT Marvelous, Toyota Queenseis and Toray Arrows.