Japan down Korea at their home


A spike from Japan's Kunihiro Shimizu

Suwon, Korea, June 13, 2015 - Japan prevailed over Korea with 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19). Masahiro Yanagida and Kunihiro Shimizu contirbuted to the victory with respectively 21 and 20 points scored.

After an even start of the game Japan gained a slight advantage at the first technical timeout and managed to keep it until the end of set. Despite unstable reception and few unforced errors Japan extended the lead step by step and finished the set off with 25-20.

The second set saw an even start again with neither team able to expand a narrow gap in points.  At the second technical timeout Korea took the lead and remained in front taking eventually the set 25-20.

Japan started brilliantly into the third set winning three consecutive points by double block and adding another one which forced Korea's coach to call the timeout.  His team recovered and closed the gap in points with 9-9, but Japan regained their momentum and were in front at the second technical timeout. Late in the set Japan increased their lead and finished it off with 25-21.

The game continued in fourth set on a point-by-point basis, with both teams hot on each other heels. Korea was slighlty in front 8-7 at the first technical timeout, but soon after an ace from Masahiro Yamagida proved to be a turning point which inspired Japan to continuously extend their lead. An awesome spike from Yamagida brought the score to 23-18 and at match point Korea's Shin Yung-Suk served into the net which sealed Japan's victory 25-19 and an overall success 3-1.

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