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Fifth place goes to Japan, Peru defeated in four sets

Japan's double block trying to stop Peruvian middle blocker Yllescas
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 12, 2009. Japan entered the classification match for the fifth place against Peru with a lot of motivation, since the girls of coach Ogawa – actually the real favorites of the Thai audience – had lost their previous game with the South Americans and so they were definitely looking for revenge. In a match that featured many ups and downs, especially for Peru, Japan got a good rhythm in the third and fourth set to score a prestigious 3-1 victory (27-25, 21-25, 25-12-, 25-22). 
The first set was an extremely tight battle with a dazzling final rush: Japan missed two set balls but got a third chance to cash that section of the game after an endless rally, with a series of great savings that the spectators cheered with loud applauses. The Asian champions decided it was time to call it over and Azusa Futami served an ace to make it 1-0 for Japan. 
Such a tight match continued also in the second set, but right after a tie at 16 Peru scored four points in a row as the Japanese receivers were suddenly performing quite badly and that mini-break was the turning point as the South Americans quickly sailed to the final 25-21 with a fast attack of middle blocker Clarivet Yllescas.
Japan put up a very solid performance in the third set, with good reception and many variations in attack and led comfortably all the way through for a clear 25-12, with Peru struggling evidently in all fundamental skills and the girls seeming also a bit tired after the demanding schedule of this World Championship. 
Even though the Peruvians tried a sort of comeback late in the fourth set, forcing coach Ogawa to call for a time-out at 20-18, the Japanese did not miss their chance and clinched a respectable fifth place in this World Championship.

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