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JPN M: Superb display of Kurek – Polish star tallies 51 points in Wolfdogs’ defeat vs Panthers

by WoV
source: vleague.jp; Photo: wolfdogs.jp

The Panasonic Panthers prevailed over Wolfdogs Nagoya in a derby of the 33rd round of the 2020/21 Japanese Men’s Volleyball Championship, rejecting the superb display of Bartosz Kurek.



The MVP of the last FIVB World Championship, Bartosz Kurek, staged a superb display in a defeat of his Wolfdogs against the Panthers in Round 33 of the 2020/21 Japanese Men’s V.League Division 1 regular season. The Polish opposite hitter tallied 51 points in 4 sets (76 attacks, 63.9 %)! This put him in 7th place on the unofficial world all-time list of male single-match scorers. However, the Panthers won the match, partially 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, and 27-25, for which Kunihiro Shimizu scored 29 points.

The Hirakata club extended their winning streak to 12 games, while Wolfdogs’ of 6 games came to an end. As it seems these two sides will meet in the playoff semifinals (the Panthers are currently 2nd, the Wolfdogs are 3rd).

Sweeping Oita Miyoshi Weisse Adler, the Suntory Sunbirds clinched the regular-season title. Russian Dmitriy Muserskiy top-scored the winning side with 16 points.

Thanks to 35 points (6 aces) from Yuji Nishida and 7 blocks from Taichi Fukuyama, the titleholders JTEKT Stings beat JT Thunders Hiroshima, for whom Australian Thomas Edgar put down 41 points, in the tie-break, keeping the playoff chances alive (they are 5 points behind the Wolfdogs).

2020/21 Japanese Men’s V.League Division 1 regular season – Round 33:






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