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.