FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship

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Japan crush Poland in Epic straight sets


Japan Girls celebrate the victory against Poland in straight sets

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, August 3, 2013- World No. 9 Japan won the crucial points of each set to clinch a straight sets victory (30-28, 25-23, 26-24) over No. 6 Poland in a thrilling match for the 5th to 8th classification at FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship held at Chatchi Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Saturday.

 What made the match more exciting was the advance of Polish team in each set before the shorter Japanese players fight aggressively at the end of each set to win the last few points to upset the European Champions.

 Now Japan qualified to play for the 5th and 6th positions in the final standing, while Poland play for a depressive 7th and 8th.

 Japan's outside hitter Mizuki Yanagita was the best scorer for her team with a tally of 18 points including one ace service, followed by the opposite spiker Miku Benoki with 14.

 Poland's great weapon Malwina Smarzek led her team scorers with 19 points including 4 blocks followed by Magdalena Damaske 14.

 Poland led frequently in the first set after they overwhelm the net action with their taller players but Japan improved their backline defence to recover and win hardly the long set 30-28. Again Poland repeated the same in the second and third sets to lose in disappointing straight sets.

 

 

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