Even the top dogs for the best men’s volleyball programs have players they look up to or admire and know will be a challenge to compete against.
At the World Grand Champions Cup, the men were asked who their favorite players were amongst their competition, with all having at least one player that was up there on their list of the greats.
For Japan, many of the stars, Yuki Ishikawa received some praise as a strong up and comer for the Japanese squad. Though Ishikawa was unable to finish out the competition due to an unforeseen injury prior to day three, he was still a top contender in everyone’s eyes.
Many of the setters at the competition received praise for what they do for their offenses. They are often seen as the quarterback of the team because they are running the offense, but they don’t often reap the benefits or recognition for the work that they put in.
Many players threw their compliments to the Brazilian squad, as they have a ton of players with extreme talents on the court such as Wallace de Souza on the opposite. Bruno Rezende has been a strong leader for Brazil throughout this year and his career – leading the team along to win after win.
For the Americans, Matt Anderson received some praises for his talents on the opposite and outside hitting positions. The team all around has caught the eyes of their competitors as being a physical and growing team.
At the World Grand Champions Cup, Brazil took home their record fifth title at the competition with a 4-1 record, beating out Italy and Iran who posted the same records in set ratio.