Team USA, Japan arrive for VNL in Manila

Fan favorites USA, Japan arrive for VNL in Manila

/ 07:47 PM June 15, 2024

Team USA arriving in Manila for the VNL competition hosted by the country.

Team USA arriving in Manila for the VNL competition hosted by the country. –PH VOLLEYBALL PHOTO

VNL 2024 schedule: Week 3 Manila, Philippines leg

MANILA, Philippines — The Volleyball Nations League (VNL) fever is on as fan favorites the United States and Japan arrived in Manila on Saturday.

The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) shared that the competing men’s teams in its third consecutive hosting of the VNL have landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.


Team USA, led by ace setter Micah Christenson, is set for its Manila debut, receiving a warm welcome from its Filipino fans at the airport.

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The Americans will debut on Wednesday against Iran at Mall of Asia Arena, 7 p.m.

Japan, bannered by Ran Takahashi, Yuki Ishikawa, and Yuji Nishida, also arrived on Saturday afternoon for its third consecutive Manila stint.


The Japanese highlight the opening day of the third leg on Tuesday against Canada, which landed in Manila earlier, at 8:30 p.m. The Netherlands and Brazil raise the curtains at 5 p.m.

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Alas Pilipinas men’s squad was supposed to take on Japan in a friendly but PNVF announced it won’t push through “due to unforeseen circumstances that have impacted its preparation and scheduling.”

“Our commitment to delivering an exciting volleyball experience remains unwavering. Please stay tuned to our official channels for updates on future events,” the PNVF wrote on Friday. “In the meantime, join us for Week 3 of VNL 2024 from June 18-23 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. We look forward to seeing you cheer your hearts out!”

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Germany and France are also part of the third VNL in Manila.

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