Toray, Panasonic defend their national invitational titles

OSAKA (Kyodo) The Premier League champion Toray Arrows defeated the JT Marvelous 25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16 to win the women’s final for the second year in succession at the national invitational meet Wednesday.

Men’s league and national champions the Panasonic Panthers defended their title for a second time with a 25-19, 38-36, 25-23 win against the JT Thunders at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

The men’s and women’s tournament MVP honors went to Panasonic wing-spiker Kunihiro Shimizu and Toray’s Saori Kimura for the second year running.