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Japan secure win over hosts

Hard defense from Singapore girls didn´t help against a stronger Japan

Singapore, Singapore, August 22, 2010 The sun was shining over the Toa Payoh Sports Hall as Japan scored a 3-0 (25-9, 25-16, 25-9) win in their first match against Singapore in front of a enthusiastic crowd at the Youth Olympic Games.

It was almost sold out for the second match of the national hosting team. The crowd loved the long challenges of the first set, that was balanced between the two sides, but center Akashi Yukiko and spiker Karaki Saaya then took control, leading led their team to the end of the set.

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The second set was even more balanced, until 17-16 for Japan there was not a leader, and the two teams went on point by point together. Lim Joelle Shu Yu, the captain of Singapore, tried to motivate her side, but at the end of the set they had no more strength. They couldn’t find any resources, and so the last third set was a quick affair for Japan who earned two points and went to the top of the pool together with Peru.

“In the first two sets, we played stiff, but we played much better after that as the players got less nervous,” Japan coach Norihito Uehara said. “Next match against Cuba, the players are taller, so we are going to have to work on our defense.”

“The first two sets were not bad, but the third set was,” Singapore coach Ho Peng Low said. “We were too tired, and we did not use proper technique to receive the ball.”

  

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