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In-form Japan powers past spirited Mexico in dramatic four sets

Japanese players celebrate their victory over Mexico.

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 4, 2009 – The Asian champions Japan still keep their hopes on advancing to the top eight round alive after wedging out Mexico in four sets 25-18 25-18 15-25 25-21.
 Japan, attempting to bury the regret from their first loss to Belgium on the previous day, got off to a brilliant start to lead 7-1 in the opening set in their second match against the Mexicans. The Japan’s particular power-and-speed tactics shone through in the set. Devastating left-hander Mari Horikawa, who led the team with 21 points including 19 kills, punctured the Belgian defence with her exceptional spikes. Japan clinched the set without much effort 25-18.
 Japan still marched on their impenetrable defence, the incredible speed and the superiority in court coverage. Mexican head coach Ricardo de Jesus Nar worked hard to bring his girls back, but his determined attempt was in vain. Japan took the set with the similar margin 25-18.
 In the third set, Mexico upped their tempo to play consistently, blunting the Japanese attack with scintillating blocks and deadly spikes. Mexco snatched the set 25-15.
 The fourth set was closely-contested when both sides poured everything into the match. Lead changed hands several times. However, Japan continued their gallant play to win the hard-fought set 25-21 and their first win in the championship.
 

 

 

 

  

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