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Peru defeats Japan in long and demanding five setter

Japan's recpetion was today less effective than in the previous matches
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, July 9, 2009. Waiting for the “big” matches that are likely to define the draw of the crossed semifinals slated for Saturday, Peru and Japan opened the competition this morning at the Mall Convention Center for what was expected to be a very captivating game, with the South Americans displaying their Korean “style” – according to a definition given by Japanese coach Ogawa – derived from the skills that legendary Man Bok Park had introduced in Lima back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Japanese initially struggled to find the right rhythm and really get into the match, whereas Peru was performing quite solidly, especially in serving, with a few aces for Daniela Uribe and captain Vivian Baella speeding up the way up to the second technical break (16-11). It looked like Japan was suffering of the stress and fatigue descending from the last two tense and very demanding matches played against Serbia and Brazil; after having almost leveled the count at 20, Japan struggled again in reception and a couple of unforced errors paved the way for a series of Peruvian set-balls. The “money time” was nevertheless extremely tight: with the Peruvian having missed their first two chances, Japan scored – with a bit of luck - an ace with and team leader Horikawa spiked to even at 24. However, in the end that comeback did not sort the desired outcome, as Japan first served out and then middle blocker Clarivet Yllescas scored a fast attack to say it over at 26-24.
Both teams had many ups and downs in the second set but Japan’s attacks finally started working properly, especially in the key moments, and the Asian champions were able to level the set count, even though their performance was still faraway – both in terms of quality and consistency – from the kind of “storm” the Thai audience had the chance to admire over the past days. Teams initially battled point for point in the third set, but Peru eventually scored a decisive mini-break right before the second technical break as the Japanese spikers were getting a way too faulty and continued with their shaky and rough performance (18-13). Even though coach Ogawa changed captain Matsuyama for back-up setter Mai Kuroki and Japan stormed back to level at 21, the Peruvians kept the right momentum with a good contribution of newly entered Vanessa Clausen’s service for the final 25-22. After a close fourth set where Japan stood out in the last rallies, the teams headed to the tie-break: there the South Americans did a great job especially in reception and did never give the lead back to their opponents, with  an exciting final rush that ended at 15-11 as Lisset Sosa spiked for the Peruvian victory.

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