Haruna Soga carried the flag for Japan with a 12-point game against Dominican Republic
Rosario, Argentina, August 19, 2017 - Using their usual recipe of super-defensive volleyball, Japan earned their second win of the competition, a solid 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-19) over Dominican Republic, led by the 12-point game of Haruna Soga.
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Although Soga was the only player in the entire game to have double figures in her account, she was well joined by Yuki Nishikawa and Yuri Takayanagi, both with 7 points apiece. Natalia Martinez was the main contributor to the Dominican scoring force, completing 9 points.
It was a clash of two different volleyball styles from the very beginning, as Dominican Republic showed their power while Japan countered with digs and fast plays. The latter prevailed 25-20 in the opener and enhanced their dominance over the Caribbean side next, serving and ceaselessly defending to 9-3 and secured a 25-8 in the blink of an eye. Even though Dominican Republic attempted a reaction, Japan remained focused as Soga steered the team to the 25-19.