Home Sport News For native volleyball followers and VNL superstars, love is a two-way avenue

For native volleyball followers and VNL superstars, love is a two-way avenue

For native volleyball followers and VNL superstars, love is a two-way avenue


Japan in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL)

Group Japan within the Volleyball Nations League (VNL). –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

Ran Takahashi could be very a lot conscious that his Japan workforce has discovered a second dwelling within the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) right here within the nation.

“Philippine followers are superb. I’m appreciative of all of them additionally. They offer me all of the vitality, “ stated the Japanese standout, simply some of the standard names in fan-favorite Japan’s roster.

“It’s particular to play for the Filipinos,” he added.

He’s not the one one feeling the love.

“[We play in a] lovely enviornment, and it was good to play right here particularly with the followers from [the] Philippines,” stated Poland’s exterior hitter Aleksander Sliwka.

“They [Filipinos] are actually loopy about volleyball.”

“It’s actually just like Poland the place individuals are actually loopy [and] be comfortable to be within the volleyball recreation. We’re actually glad to play right here and we actually [like] that the folks acknowledge us, like us, so it’s very nice to play right here within the Philippines,” he added.

By the point Takahashi and Sliwka conflict on Sunday in a 7 p.m. match that can shut the essential third leg of the country-hopping occasion, the VNL will once more validate its area of interest within the nation’s sports activities leisure scene, having drawn crowds who unapologetically cheered for his or her favourite gamers up to now week.

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Crowd shot in the course of the VNL recreation between Japan and China at Mall of Asia Area. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.web

“It’s very festive,” stated an area fan who launched himself as Jan Rafael and whose favourite squads are Italy, Brazil, and Japan. “It’s nice to look at and worldwide recreation. The extent of play is completely different in comparison with native volleyball.”

“It’s lengthy overdue for volleyball to lift its stage of play right here within the nation,” stated fan Daniel Santos.

“I really feel just like the significance of VNL is to perhaps encourage different folks on the market, additionally to offer leisure to different folks,” stated Stephanie Marie Fowler, an Italy supporter.

Poland will go into its showdown with Japan at Mall of Asia Area on the heels of a 25-21, 25-23, 27-25 victory over Canada on Saturday.

“We knew earlier than the sport that we have been the favorites. We knew that we had the higher gamers however they performed superb volleyball with none stress,” reverse hitter Lukasz Kaczmarek stated after the sport. “They have been pushing so much.”

Kamil Semeniuk and Norbert Huber had 11 factors every as Poland received for the ninth time in 11 matches.

In Saturday’s different recreation, Brazil, the No. 4-ranked team in the world, whipped China, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17, behind the 17 factors of Felipe Roque.

“I [felt] completely different beginning and getting into the sport. I used to be a bit bit nervous and anxious to start with of the sport however I’m glad I received unfastened and helped the workforce,” stated Roque. “I’m proud of my efficiency.”

In different matches on Sunday, China battles Canada at 11 a.m. whereas Slovenia takes on the Netherlands at 3 p.m.

And earlier than the curtains go down on the VNL, Dutch exterior hitter Maarten Van Garderen hopes extra followers will troop to the world, particularly those that need to have a future within the sport.

“So for those who’re a younger Filipino man, watch the matches, perhaps attempt to discover a approach to see [and train in] the health club or perhaps on-line. [Playing volleyball], it’s such a excessive stage and I hope we will encourage these folks,” he stated.


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