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Devastating Japan thrashes USA in straight sets to book quarterfinal berth

American Madelyn Hutson blunts Japanese blockers.
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 5, 2009 – Though small-built and agile, Japan, former two-time world champions and the consecutive two-time Asian winners, came up with an awesome display against the USA, overpowering the Norceca champions in straight sets 25-23 25-18 25-14 to capture a spot in the top eight round.
 Japan, whose height average is 175cm against the Americans’ 186cm, gathered their courage in an effort of winning the last berth to the top eight round. The Japanese displayed their majestic talents through Fumika Moriya’s powerful spikes and scintillating blocking by Chisato Mitsuyama and Yumiko Mochimaru to snatch the hotly-contested first set 25-23.
 Japan’s confidence went sky-high after the first-set win and their dominant form continued in the second set. They played every part of the game well, refraining from making any mistakes. As the American players became more prone with spiking errors, Japan showed their gutsy display. Leading 16-12 for good, Japan upped their tempo and launched waves of attacks to win the set 25-18.
 Japan’s power-and-speed tactics still gave the USA a big problem to cope with. Despite putting up a fierce fight, the Americans failed to make the grade. The Japanese exhibited a combination of physical and ordination skills, tactical strategies, team spirit and self-control skill to win the third set 25-14. The convincing straight-set victory ensured Japan a spot in the top eight round.

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