International Volleyball



After getting their first medal in a major event in almost 15 years, the Asians are coming for more

Captain Yuki Ishikawa will try to lead Japan to another successful season

Japan experienced a feeling they had been waiting for a long time last year, when they claimed the bronze medal at the Volleyball Nations League 2023 and they will be back for the 2024 edition of the tournament looking for more.

Already qualified for the Paris Olympics, the Ryujin Nippon will have the ability to fully focus on taking another step forward in the VNL 2024 and confirming their return to the elite of the sport with another strong result.

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This is what you can expect from Team Japan in the VNL 2024:

The background

Last year’s third-place finish was easily Japan’s best result in the VNL and also their most relevant performance at the international level since they took bronze at the 2009 FIVB Grand Champions Cup. Before that, their best result in the tournament was a fifth-place finish the year before, in 2022. The recent results show Japan’s growth in the international scene as they had previously ranked 12th in 2018, tenth in 2019 and 11th in 2021.

The squad

Japan currently have their most talented generation in quite some time and trust them to take the country back to the place it occupied in the 1970s. Captain Yuki Ishikawa is one of the biggest stars of international volleyball now and is the heart and soul of the team. He’s in good company at the outside hitter position with Ran Takahashi, who had a brilliant season in Italy with Mint Vero Volley Monza. High-jumping opposite Yuji Nishida is another important weapon in the offense orchestrated by the crafty Masahiro Sekita. Veterans Taishi Onodera and Akihiro Takahashi bring experience in the middle while Tomohiro Yamamoto has been the most frequent option at libero.

Player to watch

Kento Miyaura had to step up to replace Nishida while he battled some injuries in the last two years and delivered what the team needed at opposite. An explosive left-handed player, he’s very strong offensively and also extremely dangerous from the service line with his potent serve. The 25-year-old Miayura has produced remarkable performances against strong opponents in 2023, tallying 28 points against Argentina and 24 against Brazil in the VNL and 27…

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