Monday, 25 June 2018
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The next tiebreak thriller in Pool G

Focused on the ball: Puerto Rican setter Javier Perez
The knot seemed to burst for the Japanese: On Tuesday a 3-0 against France, then a 2-0 lead in sets. But in the end could finally cheer the players from Puerto Rico. After nearly two hours they had prevailed in a tiebreak (17-25, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 15-13).

As the match was balanced, the spectators can already see after four sets. Both teams have four aces, Japan lies in the block by one point better (12-11), in attack by only three (53-50). And percentage of unforced errors is only slightly higher than that of Puerto Ricans: 22-19.

The end of the fourth set is missing the Japanese during a 24-22 lead just one point for a second victory. But Puerto Rico can balance and at the end Masahiro Yanagida failed twice with attacks on the opposing block.

In the tiebreak, there was also always a balanced match. No team was able to sell early. Only at 11-10 and 12-10 Puerto Rico headed for its first victory, which then was officially even at 15-13. Paul Yedisan Augusto had reached the first match point with an ace for 14-11. The last one procured Ricardo Archilla by an attack.

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