Japan halts Chinese Taipei, clinches last 8 spot at Asian U23 volleyball | Inquirer Sports

Japan halts Chinese Taipei, clinches last 8 spot at Asian U23 volleyball

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 09:40 PM May 02, 2015

Japan reserved a slot in the round of eight of the Asian U23 Women’s Volleyball Championship after dismantling Chinese-Taipei 24-26, 26-24, 25-23, 25-10, in their Group C preliminaries on Saturday evening at Philsports Arena.

It was a rumble in the first three sets before Japan found its footing in the fourth.

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Minami Higane scored an ace for Japan that ensured their perfect six points in the preliminaries stages after annihilating Maldives on Friday.

Japan head coach Kiyoshi Abo, through a translator, said it was a “tough game” for them and defeating Chinese Taipei was no easy feat.

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“Chinese Taipei had a great performance,” Abo said.

He acknowledged that their win was not a perfect one and they needed to improve as a team.

“We have to fix our defense, it’s a task for us.”

Japan had no shortage of fire power with team captain Nao Muranaga and Kaori Mabashi putting up 18 points apiece while Nanaka Sakamoto had 12.

Tseng Wan-Ling and Chen Tzu-Ya had 11 points apiece while Lee Tzu-Ying had 10.

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