Fifth place for Japan after solid display against Germany


Japan enjoyed their sixth win of the competition and acquired the 5th place of the final standings

Rosario, Argentina, August 27, 2017 - Opening the final competition day of FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship in Rosario, Japan gave shape to a well-earned 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-21) over Germany to end the tournament in the fifth place.

The Asian champions wrapped up a fine campaign of 6-2 on wins-losses, while Germany landed on the sixth position with four victories and the same amount of defeats.

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Japan’s Haruna Soga had a good run with 22 points, meaning her average was above than 7 points per set. Wing-spiker Yuki Nishikawa aided the Japanese cause with 14, while Germany was led by Lina Alsmeier’s 12-point game.

As usual, Soga became a headache for the opponent side, this time a German team that trailed 16-12 and 21-16. The efforts of Alsmeier generated a 21-point tie, but Japan still obtained the first set 25-22 and then moved to 7-0 with reserve player Nonaka on the service line. Playing their usually marvelous defensive volleyball, Japan progressed to 15-5 and then 25-10, leading to a third set in which Germany tried again, but Soga remained unstoppable and she also blocked to break away 19-16, score that in a while changed into the final 25-21.


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