Hisamitsu reaches volleyball final

Kyodo News

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.