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World Olympic Qualification Tournament - Press Info

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France beat Japan 3-2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-12) - duration 2:18
29-May, start time: 18:00, end time: 20:18 - Attendance: 10,000
France Routs Japan 3-2
Both sides started cautiously after the match got under way, and the Japanese found rhythm faster than the French, taking a two-point advantage at 9-7. The French worked off steam to even the score at 10 all, and a seesaw duel followed, with the Japanese leading the way. The Japanese forged ahead to widen their lead to 21-18 but the French turned the tables to move ahead 23-21 with Frantz Granvorka serving and took the set 25-23 on Stephane Antiga's spike.
The Japanese set the pace in the second set, going ahead 8-4 and widened the advantage to 11-6. The Japanese were ahead at 13-10 and held a 16-12 lead. The Japanese stayed in front to carry the tally to 23-20 and took the set 25-21. Nobuyoshi Hosokawa shined in the Japanese offense, scoring 10 spike points in the first two sets.
After a brief scramble, the French offense-defense combination regained form to put France ahead at 8-4. The Japanese fought back to trim the gap to 12-10 and both sides exchanged volleys, with the French staying ahead at 16-11. The French broke away to take an eight-point lead at 22-14 before taking the set 25-18.
The French took control of the match and quickly took an advantage of 8-6 before a timeout. After a scramble, the Japanese took an advantage of 22-19 and widened their lead to a decisive 23-19 and took the set 25-21.
In the final set, the Japanese set the pace but the French fought back to take a 5-4 edge and widened their lead to 10-7 on a mistake by the Japanese team. The French stayed ahead at 11-7 but the Japanese fought back to trim the gap to 11-9. The French took a decisive 14-12 lead and took the set 15-12.