World Cup Volleyball | Japanese Pioneer, Ishikawa is ready to assist Milano against Verona 2022
World Cup Volleyball
The Japanese great at the World Cup Volleyball, a vital player for his club and national team, is opening the SuperLega doors to his countrymen.
The SuperLega Credem Banca is largely regarded as the finest men’s domestic league in the world, and it contains many of the top international volleyball players. These individuals have a significant effect on the result of the Italian League, and this week we highlight Japanese sensation Yuki Ishikawa, who was the first player from his nation to participate in the league and will lead Allianz Milano into a difficult encounter against WithU Verona at the World Cup Volleyball.
The present generation of Japan’s men’s national team is without a doubt one of the most gifted the Asian country has ever produced. And it is hoped that it would assist the country in returning to its former glory in volleyball.
Much of that reputation stems from the team’s evident talent, led by opposite Yuji Nishida and outside hitters Yuki Ishikawa and Ran Takahashi at the World Cup Volleyball. Although all of the players play key parts in the national team’s success, it’s difficult to overlook how crucial team captain Ishikawa has been for the Japanese throughout the years.
Ishikawa, the eldest member of the country’s top three, has carried the torch and led the transfer from the previous generation to the present one. When he initially joined the national team in 2014, he was partnered by Kunihiro Shimizu (opposite), Yu Koshikawa (outside hitter), and Takeshi Nagano (libero) at the World Cup Volleyball.
Ishikawa led the Japanese to victory at the 2017 Asian World Cup Volleyball Championship (winning the Most Valuable Player award) and a second-place result at the 2014 Asian Games until Nishida joined in 2018 and Takahashi three years later. He was also chosen to the 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup Dream Team.
The ‘Big Three’ represented Japan in the Tokyo Olympics last year and at this year’s FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Cup Volleyball Championship in Poland and Slovenia. The more linked they get, the greater their followers’ want to see a Japanese team compete for a medal at a big tournament.
Despite being the second son of a track and field athlete and a basketball player, and only getting into volleyball because of his elder sister, Naomi, Ishikawa was used to being the first to achieve everything in his career.
He was a top player in high school in Japan before attending Chuo University in Tokyo and became the first athlete in his nation to combine academic responsibilities with a career abroad.
Then, at the age of 19, Ishikawa opted to begin his professional career with Modena, becoming the first Japanese athlete to play in the Italian SuperLiga at the World Cup Volleyball.
Between 2014 and 2021 of World Cup Volleyball, the outside hitter helped Modena win the Italian Cup and finish second in the Italian League. He has also won the CEV Challenge Cup with his current club, Allianz Milano, and has previously played for Latina, Siena, and Padova.
It took a while, but his success paved the way for other Japanese players. Nishida was the first to follow in his footsteps, joining Vibo Valentia for the 2021-2022 season. When they played Milano, it was the first time two Japanese players met in the SuperLega.
In an interview with the Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Ishikawa said, “The SuperLega is the strongest national league of the World Cup Volleyball.” “There are a lot of foreign players, and the standard is really good.” I believe that being here will help me grow and perform better for the Japan national team. I’d want to see more Japanese gamers here. I often urge my colleagues that if they want to progress, they should come to Italy.”
Nishida returned to Japan after a season in the SuperLega, while Ran Takahashi followed the other path, joining Padova ahead of the 2022-2023 season to begin his first playing experience in Italy. Ishikawa is in his third season with Milano and is a crucial player for the squad, who has a critical home encounter against WithUVerona on Sunday, October 30 at 18.00 local time (16.00 GMT).
Milano are now positioned fourth in the SuperLiga with three victories in four matches (seven points) and are unbeaten in their previous three matches after defeating Valsa Group Modena in an entertaining five-setter on the road last Sunday. Ishikawa had minimal action in the previous two matches in the World Cup Volleyball, although he scored 24 points (22 kills, two aces) in the team’s opening two games of the season.
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