20 April 2021

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Japan: Suntory Sunbirds regain V.League title after 14 years

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The top-seed Suntory Sunbirds swept no.2 Panasonic Panthers in a single-game playoff final of 2020/21 Japanese V.League Division 1, held in Funabashi, by a 3-0 (25:21, 25:23, 25:20) and won the championship title for the 8th time in the club history.
Just as through the entire season, in which his team had a winnings streak of 23 games at one point, Dmitriy Muserskiy led Suntory in a decider as well: the Russian giant highlighted the match with 28 points with 66% in attack and 3 blocks, while Taiki Tsuruda made 77.3% reception (11 digs) and japanese national team member Yanagida made 11 points with 56% in attack. The Pole Michał Kubiak scored 13 points (56% in attack) for the Panthers, who failed to extend the match to the Golden Set (new rules of the V-League for the post-season).
Suntory won the league title for the first time in 14 years.

| FinalApril 4, 2021
• Suntory Sunbirds – Panasonic Panthers 3-0 (25:21, 25:23, 25:20)
SUNTORY: Muserskiy 28, Yanagida 11, Fujinaka 7, Ono 6, Shiota 3, Oya 1, Tsuruda (L); Takeshi 2, Nishida O, Sato 0. N.e.: Hata, Kato, Kuriyama, Kiire (L).
PANASONIC: Kubiak 13, Shimizu 6, Watanabe 5, Yamauchi 4, Kodama 3, Fukatsu 2, Nagano (Lric), Iga (Ldif); Otake 6, Nakamoto 2, Shirasawa 2, Shin O. N.e.: Imamura, Komiya.

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