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Japan overpower Mexico in exciting battle in Ankara


Japan had to fight a tough opponent in the first two sets, but then established their domination

Ankara, Turkey, August 22, 2013 – The junior men’s national team of Japan made a successful start at the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Turkey.  Coach Noriaki Sako’s squad overpowered Mexico by 3-1 (23-25, 29-27, 25-17, 25-16) to claim their first win in Pool B at Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara.

 

Mexico took the lead at the beginning of the first set, but Japan gradually caught up to level the score and prompt a dramatic point-for-point battle over the following several rallies.  In the conclusive moments of the set, the emotional Mexicans edged out their opponents with more successful blocking efforts and a block-out by Irving Gonzalez that closed it off at 25-23.

 

The second set was also very tight.  Good blocking and digging on both sides produced some long rallies to the spectators’ enjoyment.  After several switches in the lead, a kill block by substitute player Tsubasa Hisahara well into overtime put an end to the set at 29-27.

  

Set three was relatively one-sided.  Japan stepped up their blocking and offence to pile up a solid advantage and win it by 25-17, despite a great performance by Gonzalez on the other side of the net.  Gaining more and more confidence, the Japanese rushed into the next set with an impressive 8-0 run on a successful serving streak by Kentaro Takahashi.  Mexico’s efforts to fight back did not pay off and the team from Asia engaged in one of their unique celebrations upon winning by 25-16 to end the match.

 

Irving Gonzalez tallied 17 points for Mexico to become the best scorer of the match.  Team-mate Roberto Rincon added 16 (4 blocks).  Naoya Takano was most prolific for the winning team with 14 points.

 

 

 

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