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JPN W: Seagulls shock champions Hisamitsu, Kulan on high level but Toray fall to Queenseis

by WoV
source: vleague.jp; Photo: 岡山シーガルズ/Facebook

Okayama Seagulls outplayed champions Hisamitsu Springs in Round 4 of the 2019/20 Japanese Women’s Volleyball Championship regular season.



Even though it is one of only two teams that compete in the 2019/20 V.League Division 1 regular season without an import in the roster, the Seagulls defeated titleholders Hisamitsu in straight sets: 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18). Syūka Kaneda had the biggest impact on her team in inflicting the first defeat to the heavy favorites. The 23-year-old outside hitter, who is playing her entire professional career in the Seagulls, scored game-high 25 points.

Despite playing only two matches, which is least along with NEC Red Rockets, compared to all the other teams in the league, Denso Airybees are at the top of the charts in one of the two conferences. Sinéad Jack was not the most efficient player but was the most deserving player for the 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19) win of her team against Victorina Himeji. The international from Trinidad and Tobago made as much as 7 kill blocks, scoring 15 points in total. She was four points behind the captain of her team Yurie Nabeya (19 points) in the scoresheet. Brazilian Ivna Colombo scored 18 points for Victorina. The Airybees recorded the second win in as many games.

Knowing that she is playing her third season in Japan, no wonder that the experienced Turkish international Neriman Özsoy performs on a high level with ease. She poured in 30 points in the 3-1 win of Toyota Auto Body Queenseis against the home side of Toray Arrows. Erika Araki added 6 kill blocks. The Queenseis is the team with the best record so far in the V.League (4-0, 12 points) and tops the Star Conference table. Azerbaijani star Jana Kulan scored 19 points for the vice-champions but did not have proper support from her teammates.

2019/20 V.League Division 1 regular season – Round 4

Premier Conference (October 26):

Denso Airybees – Victorina Himeji 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-19)

Okayama Seagulls – Hisamistu Springs 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18)

Hitachi Rivale – NEC Red Rockets 0-3 (19-25, 24-26, 23-25)

Star Conference (October 26):

Ageo Medics – Kurobe Aqua Fairies 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24)

Toray Arrows – Toyota Auto Body Queenseis 1-3 (25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 23-25)

JT Marvelous – PFU Blue Cats 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-18)




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