Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, May 16, 2017 – Devastating Japan overwhelmed Malaysia with their exceptional tactics and splendid teamwork to beat the spirited rivals in comfortable straight sets 25-14 25-14 25-6 to continue their invincible run at the SMM 2nd Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship at The Mall Nakhon Ratchasima’s MCC Hall on Tuesday.
Mivako Osanai led Japan with 11 points including 9 kills from 15 attempts, while Alicia Yii collected 6 points for Malaysia.
“For us, it’s an easy match against Malaysia. Low Mei Cing and Ngin Jia Ning are good spikers of Malaysia, while setter Angela Tang has a talent and so, to match them tactically, we prepared our plan to play them. Our players played according to game plan. We next take on Iran. We have never seen them play and I think the match against them must be a tough test. Today, our setter performed well and I think she has something more to learn in the Wednesday’s match against Iran. We will try our best to beat them. We have already aimed for a place in the semi-finals as it is possible that we will play Hong Kong in the quarter-finals and I’m sure we can beat them,” Japan’s head coach Kiyoshi Abo commented after the match.
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