Nishikawa leads Japan to an opening win over Peru


Superb display of Japan's Yuki Nishikawa at the 3-0 win of her side over Peru

Rosario, Argentina, August 18, 2017 - An 18-point game by Yuki Nishikawa was the key factor of Japan’s first FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship win in Rosario city - a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-18) over Peru at Pool D first game in Newell’s Old Boys stadium.
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Nishikawa emerged as the game’s top scorer with 18 points, while Japanese opposite Haruna Soga followed her just one point behind and Nichika Yamada scored 10 times. On Peru, Thaisa McLeod was the only player to reach double figures, with 10 points of her own. 

Displaying their well-known defensive skills, Japan created a 20-16 lead on the opener and, although Peru got close, a block by Araki brought the set to an end by 25-23. The South American side moved to 5-1 and 11-6 afterwards, but Japan repeated the formula and bounced back to a 26-24 final score and a 2-0 global advantage. Nishikawa and reserve player Rui Nonaka took the floor on the third set as the Asian champions completed the win by 25-18.


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