Fifth place for Japan after solid display against Germany

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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