MANILA, Philippines – Sarina Koga unloaded 21 points as Japan dominated Thailand 25-22, 25-16, 25-14 to remain unbeaten in seven games in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Week 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
Koga, a star of the NEC Red Rocket in the Japan V-League, fired 18 attacks and nailed three blocks and dug up 11 to give the Japanese their third win in the Quezon City leg.
The Japanese captain insisted his team would continue to work hard in their race to win. He also thanked Filipino supporters who are cheering for both Asian Power House teams.
“We will try to make it a strong team and keep everyone together,” Koga said through an interpreter. “I appreciate the Filipino spectators watching our match. I like their support. “
Arisa Inoi combined for 33 of Japan’s 49 attacking points and provided 17 points, including two blocks, while conspiring with Kogar.
Kotona Hayashi and Mami Yokoya added seven markers each, as setter Nanami Seki made the brilliant plays.
“Our training has worked for the attackers. I was sharing the ball for our attackers and I have options, “said Seki through an interpreter.
Thailand, hit by the Kovid-19, lost a back-to-back match to Poland on Thursday with a five-set loss.
Chachu-on Moksari has made the Thais new with 11 points, 13 receptions and 10 digs. Ajcharporn Congiot had 10 points, nine digs and six receptions, with Pimpichaya Kokram adding eight as he fell to 4-3 in 6th place.
Japan will wrap up its VNL Philippine leg against China at 6pm on Sunday, while Thailand will take on defending champions USA at 3pm.
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