The second week of the Volleyball Nations League, in which 16 of the world’s strongest teams are participating, was held in Quezon City, Philippines on the 19th (Japan time). Win -1. Japan has won eight straight games without losing since the opening. (19-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-12) * World ranking is before the match
The starting lineup is the same as the match against Thailand on the 17th, captain Sarina Koga (26), setter Nanami Seki (23), Haruyo Shimamura (30), Arisa Inoue (27), Mami Yokota (24), Kotona Hayashi. Nana (22) and Libero appointed Manami Kojima (27).
Japan is gaining momentum with seven consecutive victories, but in the first set, the average height (excluding libero) was 189.7 cm, which was a struggle against China, which is more than 10 cm tall. Before the match, Captain Koga said, “China has a height, so the angle is different from the opponent’s offense, so I would like to be able to respond to that angle first and create a defense that connects to the offense.” However, he was unable to cope with the height of 201 cm tall Yuan Xinyue (25) and allowed 7 consecutive points, and was preempted at 19-25.
At the start of the second set, the setter was changed from Seki to Tamaki Matsui (24). Until now, Japan has shown a good advance with all seven race wins due to its high correction ability even if it is led, but Hayashi and Koga aggressively serve to destroy China. He accumulated points and regained 25-16, and set count was 1-1.
The third set with Asia’s biggest rival, China, continued to develop without giving up one step each other. When Koga spiked a long rally in the 18-18 scene, Inoue scored two consecutive goals and defeated China, who was catching up. Two sets were taken in a row and the set count was reversed to 2-1.
After scoring four consecutive goals in the fourth set, China was dying and timed out early. After that, Captain Koga was in great shape with blocks and spikes. Setter Matsui won without allowing a lead with a ball arrangement that did not focus on China. Japan dropped the first set, but made eight straight wins without any damage from the opening.
In a post-match interview, Koga said, “I’m really glad I won. I enjoyed playing when our offenses were well scored. (The only thing about not losing) is always fun or winning. I think I’ll just give it my feelings, “he said with a smile.
Director Manabe said, “(About rebuilding from the second set) I said that I was going to break it with a serve because I was done with a serve first. It was big to take the final stage of the third set. There are many young players, so momentum In the first set, I used a short, but in the second set, I aimed for a strong serve at the end line. First of all, communication, or because it is organized around Koga, it has become very team-like. ” rice field.
Japan, which defeated China in the Rio Olympics following the United States in the Tokyo Olympics, will move to Canada in the next round and fight the Netherlands on the 30th.