The Hisamitsu Springs ended Higashi Kyushu Ryukoku High School’s surprising run and moved into the women’s final of the National Volleyball Championships Saturday.
Hisamitsu won by scores of 25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 25-16 against the Oita Prefecture school, which had knocked out two Premier League clubs earlier in the final round.
The Denso Airybees defeated the Toray Arrows 16-25, 25-23, 35-33, 28-26 in the other semifinal at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
In the men’s semifinals, the JT Thunders outlasted the 2008 national champion Toray Arrows 19-25, 25-22, 26-24, 19-25, 15-12. The Premier League-leading Panasonic Panthers downed the Sakai Blazers 26-24, 25-21, 25-22.