SUNBIRDS SPIKE TO STAND 1ST PLACE PAST ARROWS
Moved by Japanese players' struggling and outcomes in last fall's FIVB World Championship Japan 2006, I decided to watch the games of the domestic volleyball league, V-League. Not different from a match form of the Nippon Proffessional Baseball or J-League of Soccer, I find it in V-League that all clubs trip to one area where they play some games at weekend. I watched a program of NHK-BS that broadcast a men's game of Toray Arrows and Suntory Sunbirds, who both are the leading teams in the men's standing.
I don't know how to fun volleyball yet, though having gone to enjoy the game at Tokyo. I watched the game on TV to rely on voice of an announcer and a guest, which I hated to listen to as usual. I had to learn that Arrows had Bulgarian league-best scorer Nikolov Vladmir and best blocker Takaaki Tomimatsu while Sunbirds had Japanese International Yu Koshikawa. Well, let's enjoy it with full capacity of Kumamoto crowd.
Many mistakes for Sunbirds, who lost the first set. Gradually Sunbirds, however, outnumbered in spike to make up for mistakes before taking back the second set to even. Losing the third set, Vladimir scored for Arrows as Koshikawa and Brazilian Mello Leonardo fired away to make a close game in late fourth set. Arrows missed to spike and Sunbirds made attack to block-out when Suntory beat Toray to turn around the table with the difference of the rate of the set.
Personally, I have not enjoyed the volleyball yet. In future I want to find it as soon as possible.
at Kumamoto (25 Feb)
Toray 1-3 Suntory
25-21, 24-26, 18-25, 22-25