Shimizu, Ishikawa nearly help Japan upset France


France defeated Japan in five sets

Rouen, France, 27 June, 2015 – Despite losing the first two sets of the match, France battled back to defeat Japan 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-10) in a thrilling Pool D match at the FIVB Volleyball World League on Saturday. France had only lost two other sets total in the 2015 FIVB World League entering the match.

France had a balanced scoring attack, while Japan received the majority of their scoring from dominating performances by both Kunihiro Shimizu and Yuki Ishikawa. Shimizu recorded 27 points, and Ishikawa also had 27 points, including four points from blocking and three points from serving. France, meanwhile, received 22 points from Antonin Rouzier, 14 points from both Earvin Ngapeth and Nicolas Le Goff, and 13 points from Kevin Tillie.

France has now won 14 of their last 15 World League matches against Japan, and 20 of their 23 overall World League matches against Japan. 

France is undefeated through 10 matches and has a commanding lead in Pool D. Japan is in second place with 14 points. 

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