14. 04. 2019

JPN M: Panthers defend V.League title, Kubiak earns second straight MVP award

Source: vleague.jp; Photo: vleague.jp

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Panasonic Panthers ran over JT Thunders in Game 2 of the 2018/19 Japanese Men’s Volleyball Championship finals to win the second consecutive national title.

 

The second seed Thunders failed to provide the same resistance to the No.1 seed Panthers in Game 2 of the 2018-19 V.League Division 1 final the as they did in Game 1 (2-3). Thus, the Japanese championship won’t change its owners as the Panthers won the back-to-back title by beating the Hiroshima side in straight sets at the Musashino-no-mori Sports Plaza in Chōfu, partially 26-24, 25-20, 25-20. For this, the Panthers players will be awarded by the V.League with ¥ 15 million which is about € 118,000.

Pole Michał Kubiak was the best scorer of Game 2 with 23 points and earned the MVP of the Championship award for the second season in a row. The Chinese international Liu Libin noted 12 points for the Thunders.

2018-19 V.League Division 1 finals:

(1) Panasonic Panthers – (2) JT Thunders 3-2 (25-22, 17-25, 23-25, 33-31, 16-14)

(1) Panasonic Panthers – (2) JT Thunders 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-20)

Individual awards:

Best coach – Shinji Kawamura (Panasonic Panthers)

MVP - Michał Kubiak (POL, Panasonic Panthers)

Fighting-spirit award - Thomas Edgar (AUS, JT Thunders)

Top scorer - Dmitriy Muserskiy (RUS, Suntory Sunbirds)

Best attacker - Dmitriy Muserskiy (RUS, Suntory Sunbirds)

Best blocker - Kenji Shirasawa (Panasonic Panthers)

Best server - Yūji Nishida (JTEKT Stings)

Best serve receiver - Koichiro Koga (Toyoda Gosei Trefuerza)

Best receiver - Takeshi Nagano (Panasonic Panthers)

Best rookies - Issei Ōtake (Panasonic Panthers) and Yūji Nishida (JTEKT Stings)

 

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