Thursday, 18 September 2014
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U.S. boys celebrate their second victory

US-setter David Olbright passes the ball
The situation was clear: Japan did after two defeats against Serbia and Iran no longer any chance of reaching the round of the eight best teams. The U.S. boys had to win to Japan that, however, awaiting the outcome of the last match in pool B between Serbia and Iran.

Despite pressure the players from U.S. coach Andy Read went easily in the match. Read changed the starting six compared to the match to Serbia. He began with David Olbright as a setter for Micah Christenson. Among the technical timeouts (8-7 and 16-14) had his boys earned a leadership that they were able to expand from 18-15, 23-19 to 25-21. Joshua Taylor finished the set with an ace. By six attacking points Sandor Taylor was the best scorer in this set. For the Japanese it was Takashi Dekita (5 points).

In the second set the Read-Team had initially to be lagging behind 12-15, then went even with 18-15 lead. But the Japanese players did not give up and earned over 18-18, 21-19, 24-22 to the first set point. Taylor Sander woke again a hope with an attack (24-23), but Daiki Hisahara ended the set with an attack up to 25-23. Japan had allowed only six unforced errors, against ten of the US.

That will not bring out the U.S. boys from their rhythm. They found again in set three former strength. Over at the second technical timeout 16-12, 19-15, 22-19, they went 25-21 after the two sets won in the lead.

In set four they had for a long time, however, fear for the success. Japan had been leading for the technical timeouts (8-7 and 16-14), and held a narrow lead until 19-18. With the 19th point for the U.S. it was the setter David Olbright to serve and he launched a series of points to 22-20. Now, nothing could stop the U.S. boys to the scond victory. Joshua Taylor was reserved to transform the second match point at 25-21.
  

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