MANILA, Philippines – For the eighth consecutive victory on the final day of the Volleyball Nations League, Japan started slowly, showing off their skillful offense and floor defense, losing to China 19-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-12. (VNL) Week 2 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Team captain Sarina Koga made 22 points, including 17 attacks, four blocks and 15 digs and an ace with a great defensive effort with five receptions to keep Japan unbeaten for a single lead and complete a four-game sweep of Quiz City.
Nike Red Rocket star Spyker in the Japan V-League thanked Filipino fans, who shouted for him, “Nippon! Nippon!” During their match against the world, China No. 2, which has also received encouragement from its compatriots in the Big Dome.
“Philippine fans have a lot of energy and strength that is good for us. We have a good motivation because they give us a good environment. We had a great experience, “said Koga through an interpreter.
In addition to the Japanese captain, Kotona Hayashi also made an all-out effort, hitting 18 kills for 19 points, including 12 digs and eight receptions. Arisa Inoi chipped in 15 points, with two aces.
Hinotori Nippon exploited the first set rate after sweeping the first three matches of the Philippines. But the Japanese showed their dominance in the last three sets, especially with a 22-7 spread in the fourth frame, and did not have to look back to win.
“We did not do well against China in the first set. Our strong points are defense and service. We have to make a good start whenever we play against tall teams, “said Koga. “They have a lot of good heaters outside. We tried to serve well against China. In the end, we have a good counter-attack against China and we have won. “
It was Japan’s seventh win against China, winning 22 of their 29 matches against each other.
The Japanese will travel to Calgary, Canada for 3 weeks, where they will fight the Netherlands, Turkey and Belgium from 28 June to 3 July.
The girls final will be held in Ankara from 13 to 17 July as the top 7 teams and host Turkey will fight for the World Championship.
Li Ying carried the Chinese push with 27 points, 13 digs and 10 receptions, while Gong Jiangyu added 12 markers.
The Chinese lost their last two matches in the Philippines on Saturday night with a three-set loss to the United States.
China trailed 5-3 in the fourth round before heading to Sofia, Bulgaria for the final leg before the final.
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