Short characterization

JAPAN

 

STARTING PLAYERS / SUBSTITUTES

RANKING 2000 - 2008

OG   2000

-

WGP 2001

6

WCh 2002

13

WC   2003

5

OG   2004

5-8

WGP 2005

5

WCh 2006

6

WC   2007

7

OG   2008

5-8

 

Again and with a never ending fighting spirit the Japanese team demonstrated its quick and agile playing approach. Despite of extraordinary defense performance the disadvantages in the attacking and blocking actions with respect to physique were too big and prevented the team from a better ranking.

 

General remarks

·         JPN had the „oldest“(average age 28,3 years, 6 players of the 2004 team, only one player born 1986 or later) and „shortest“ team (body height, without libero 176,5 cm).

·         Even though the team could successfully integrate elements of power volleyball into its basic playing approach, the Japanese team is a defense team.

·         A mixture of actual techniques, jump floats from different positions (No 12 with a very attractive technique) and floats with variable distances from the ground-line were dominating.

 

Serve

·         A mixture of actual techniques, jump floats from different positions (No 12 with a very attractive technique) and floats with variable distances from the ground-line were dominating.

 

Serve reception

·         Reception with three players, in case of floats backline player and setter close to the net, even with formations of two players.

·         Good serve reception performance, under pressure outside attackers often not very precise.

 

Set / Attack Complex 1 and Complex 2

·         The experienced setter No 3 Takeshita acting very dynamically and with a good spatial orientation, excellent passes for quick attackers.

·         Relatively often precise setting actions while moving, also striking are the quick diagonal sets with good timing from positions remote of the net.

·         Quick attack play in Complex I: well balanced set distribution: both middle blockers very active in 1st tempo attacks, frequent incorporation of backcourt attacks, compensating their disadvantages in physique with variable attacking techniques (No 5).

·         Attacking play in Complex II: Back court defense - attack transition mainly via position 4 and backcourt position 6 (No 12). Following covering in most cases quick counter attacks from outside positions, in free ball situations on leg take-off behind the setter.

 

Block / Defense

·         Compared to the TOP 4 teams blocking performance with less effect (1,7 points on average per set, compared to 2,4-3,7 of TOP 4 teams), but No 11 Araki ranks 1 players‘ ranking.

·         Special blocking tactics in case of setter is frontplayer, good block with one player (the middle blocker), Block with three players against backcourt attacks from position 6. Star-ting position of the outside blocker varies, depending on the line-up of the opposing team

·         Very good defense performance of the team (13 saved balls per set), variable, versatile defense play with quick reactions by the libero (position 5), the setter (position 1) plays on the same high level.