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Russia see off Japan to remain unbeaten

Japan coach Tatsuya Ueta tries to relay tactics to his team but they eventually were beaten by Russia in straight sets
Surgut, Russia, June 18, 2011 – Japan went down to Russia in their first match of this weekend of the  2011 FIVB Volleyball World League in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-20) as the hosts remained unbeaten despite a tough resistance from the Asian side.

Russian Denis Biriukov led all scorers with 15 points. Tatsuya Fukuzawa had 12 points for Japan.

In Russia failed to enforce their dominance in the first set and made a few mistakes allowing Japan to take an early lead. Russia fought back to draw level and in the latter stages an improved block saw them take the early lead.

Russia’s service and spiking in the second set provided a solid gap between the two teams at 8-4, 17-10 and 21-13 as they easily furthered their advantage to 2-0.

Russia stayed just ahead of Japan early on in the third thanks in particular to some excellent serving and attack.  But Vladimir Alekno’s team allowed the Japanese back into the match before a few good blocks saw the home side push ahead and eventually seal the win.

The two sides will clash again at 12:30 GMT on Sunday.


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