Japan ease past Argentine counterparts in straight sets


Japan celebrate their 3-0 victory over Argentina

Tokyo, Japan, August 22, 2015 – Japan made an impressive start with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-12) triumph over Argentina in the first round of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup at the Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday.

Sarina Koga led all scorers with 14 points, followed by team-mates Miyu Nagaoka and Saori Kimura scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Japan had a shaky start but Sarina Koga’s two powerful hits placed her team in the lead 6-3 in the opening set. Koga pounded on the Argentine defence once more to get Japan to keep her team on top 8-6 in the first technical timeout. Argentina took the lead briefly but Miyu Nagaoka and captain Saori Kimura’s exploits from the attack line fuelled Japan’s 25-16 win in the first set.

Japan picked up where they left off on offence and overwhelmed the South American side with their quickness to lead 10-7. Argentina then scored a 4-1 run to tie the score at 11-all, but Japan managed to outplay their rivals in the second set 25-19. In the third set, Japan took advantage of Argentina’s errors and led 12-7. Japan sustained their momentum to continue their run, until an Argentine challenge delayed the Japanese celebrations. The hosts were nonetheless favoured with a no touch call to end the match at 25-12.

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