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Japan prove too strong for inconstant Dominican squad

Japan celebrate a point against the Dominican Republic
In Thursday’s last duel in Montreux, Japan proved too strong for an inconstant Dominican squad. Despite their good start into tonight’s clash, the Dominicans couldn’t hold the pace throughout the game. After 86 minutes of play, Arisa Inoue ended the match in Japan’s favour 26-24, 25-19, 25-23. Japan’s best scorer was Yuka Imamura with 17 points while Brayelin Elizabeth Martinez contributed 12 kills for the Dominicans.

The Dominicans jumped out for an impressive start in the opening set. Until the second technical timeout, the Caribbean led by five points. However, despite their modest body height, the Japanese never gave up and came back bravely. At 20-20, Dominican Republic head coach Marco Kwiek called his ladies off court to have a serious chat. Nevertheless, it was already too late as the momentum had changed to the Japanese side. With a nice service winner, Yuka Imamura closed out the first set in style 26-24 for Japan.

The unexpected turnaround in the first set didn’t help the Dominicans to improve their confidence in the second set. Japan kept the pace high while the Caribbean committed too many unforced errors for a comeback. Led by an inspiring Yuka Imamura, the Asians kept the upper hand in the second set, cruising to an undisputed 25-19 win.

The story of the match didn’t change in the third and last set as the Japanese never looked back. Arisa Inoue ended tonight’s game with a hammer from the left at 25-23. 


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