International Volleyball



The Japanese star signs with the world and Italian champions for two seasons

Yuki Ishikawa will play for Sir Susa Vim Perugia. After four seasons with Allianz Milan, the Japanese star has signed a two-year contract with arguably the worldโ€™s best team – reigning club world champions, Italian champions and Italian cup and super cup laureates.

โ€œIt is a very strong team that won everything this year,โ€ the 28-year-old outside hitter told โ€œI thought that Perugia was the perfect team for me. I wanted to come here and I chose to wear the shirt of this great club.โ€

Ishikawa will have the tough task of stepping into the shoes of another distinguished world star, Cuban-born Wilfredo Leon of Poland, who is leaving Sir after six seasons with the club. In Perugia, the 1.92m-tall Japanese athlete will also have the strong internal competition of another two top-calibre outsides, Ukraineโ€™s Oleh Plotnytskyi and Polandโ€™s Kamil Semeniuk. Once again, Ishikawa will get to work with Angelo Lorenzetti, his first coach after arriving in the Italian SuperLega 10 years ago.

โ€œI arrive in a team that plays very well, with great consistency, and which has very strong players on its squad,โ€ Ishikawa continued. โ€œI played against them many times and they always put us in difficulty. I will reunite with Angelo Lorenzetti, who is a great coach. When I arrived in Italy for the first time, I was 19 years old and I had him as a coach in Modena. I am very happy to play on his team again. I would like to show him that I have grown a lot here in Italy since I was 19.โ€

Parmareggio Modena was Yuki Ishikawaโ€™s first Italian club. He joined them right out of high school for the 2014-2015 season and triumphed as a Coppa Italia winner with them. After a season back in Japan, he returned to the Italian SuperLega. He went through Top Volley Latina, Emma Villas Siena and Kioene Padova before joining Allianz Milan for four consecutive seasons. With them, he won Europeโ€™s CEV Challenge Cup in 2021. Last season, Ishikawa had a solid contribution to Allianzโ€™s historic success, the SuperLega bronze and a first ticket to Europeโ€™s most prestigious club competition, the CEV Champions League.

โ€œThe Italian league is always very difficult. Winning is tough. It is certainly the best championship in the world. The level is…

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