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Japan clinch first World League win

Japan celebrate their first victory in this year's tournament over Germany
Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 12, 2011 – Japan sealed its first victory in this year’s FIVB Volleyball World League with a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 27-29, 19-25, 16-14) win over Germany as they came back from two sets down.

Germany’s best scorer was Jochen Schöps with 24 while Tatsuya Fukuzawa topped the Japanese with 25.

Both teams started well, attacking successfully after their reception but quick sets from Stefan Hübner and Marcus Böhme were not enough to stop the Japanese onslaught as they took an early lead.

Both teams went point by point in the second but it was Japan who used intelligent play to move ahead. Agood block and defence helped the Germans equalize but Japan held on to take a 2-0 lead. 

Germany began the third in a more aggressive manner as they blocked and attacked well. But Japan did not give up, fighting bravely with good defensive actions. German setter Patrick Steuerwald finished the set off however as he guided his team to a set win to take the scores to 2-1.

Germany again blocked well in the fourth and never looked like falling behind as they sent the match to a tie break.

However mistakes began to creep into the German game as the Japanese moved up a gear. The visitors didn’t hold back as they sealed their first win of this year’s tournament.

Next week Germany host Bulgaria while Japan travel to unbeaten Russia.


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