Japan men’s volleyball to challenge for VNL title, face ‘top seed’ Slovenia in semifinals…Poland-France to meet in quarterfinals

‘Come on Slovenia!

Japan Men’s Volleyball continues its quest for the 2024 Volleyball Nations League (VNL) title. They will face ‘European powerhouse’ Slovenia in the semifinals. Japan will face Slovenia in the semifinals with fond memories of last year’s VNL quarterfinals, where they won 3-0 in straight sets.

Japan swept Canada 3-0 in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the VNL 2024 in Łódź, Poland, on Monday (Aug. 28). Japan took the first set 26-24 on deuce, 25-18 in the second set, and sealed the match with a 26-24 deuce victory in the third set, avenging a 2-3 loss in the preliminary round 안전한 파워볼사이트 to claim the semifinal spot.

The team was ranked fourth in qualifying for the 16-nation tournament. They finished behind Slovenia, Poland, and Italy. They finished with nine wins and 25 points. Despite their lower qualifying ranking, they won the head-to-head match against Slovenia. They met on June 8 in Fukuoka, Japan, and won the match 3-1 (25-23, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21) in straight sets.

Japan finished third in the VNL last year. They finished second in qualifying and earned a shutout win over Slovenia in the quarterfinals. They fell 1-3 to Poland in the semifinals and failed to reach the final. However, they defeated Italy 3-2 in the third place match to claim third place. The best VNL result (men’s) ever for an Asian nation.

Punching their ticket to the VNL semifinals for the second consecutive year. First, they will try to reach the final. Like last year’s quarterfinals and this tournament’s qualifiers, they will look to upset Slovenia once again. If they do, they will become the first Asian nation to reach the final. On the 30th, they will meet their destiny in Łódź, Poland. If they reach the final, they will play the winner of the Poland-France semifinal on July 1 for the title.

Slovenia, who finished first in qualifying, came from behind to win a close full-set match against Argentina in the quarterfinals. After dropping the first set 19-25, they took the second set 25-17. However, they dropped the third set 17-25 and were on the brink of defeat. He bounced back with a 29-27 deuce win in the deciding fourth set, and then took the fifth set 15-7 to win the match.

Meanwhile, in the other two quarterfinal matches, Poland and France posted victories. Poland won their quarterfinal match against Brazil by a set score of 3-1, while France won their quarterfinal match against Italy by a set score of 3-2. Poland and France will also meet in the semifinals on the 30th.


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