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Serbia edge past Japan 3-2 at Women’s U20 World Champs


Japan finish the first round with a 2-2 record while Serbia continue their campaign on Tuesday versus Thailand.

Brno, Czech Republic, June 24, 2013 – Serbia resisted a strong challenge to overpower Japan 3-2 in a pulsating Women's U20 World Championship match on Monday evening. Serbia, holding a two to one win-loss record at the tournament, wrapped up the 113-minute tussle 25-21, 25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 15-10.

Best scorers of the match were Japan’s Arisa Inoue and Serbia’s Tijana Boskovic with 24 points each. Serbia had 17 block winners while Japan scored 11 times from the service line. 

Serbia jumped out for a comfortable 2-0 set lead with captain Bianka Busa on fire (12 points). However, the team of Japan coach Yasuhiro Fukuda did not give up. Led by outstanding libera Manami Kojima, the Asians displayed remarkable defence skills. In the fifth set, Serbia kept cool with an incredible 9-0 run from 0-2 to 9-2 and never looked back.

Japan finish the first round with a 2-2 record while Serbia continue their campaign on Tuesday versus Thailand. 


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