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Surabaya, Japan, July 29, 2010 – Devastating Japan overcame a strong first-set challenge from Indonesia to breeze past the host side in straight sets 25-23 25-15 25-12 in their second top-eight playoff encounter at the SMM 19th Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship at the Tri Dharma Peutrokimia Gymnasium on Saturday to still keep their high hopes of retaining their Asian title alive.

Japan, defending and eight-time Asian champions and winners at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship AVC Qualifier Pool B in Canberra, Australia, struggled in the opening set against Indonesia when home fans boosted their team’s morale, making nerve-wracking noisy shouts and bothering the rivals while serving. The Japanese held their nerves and played cool under pressure to take the hard-fought first set 25-23.

Despite putting up a fierce fight in the opening set, Indonesia came all-out in the next two sets with ultimate aims of beating the strong visitors, but their intention was in vain. Japan, starred by ace spiker Yuki Ishikawa, Takashi Dekita and Masahiro Yanagida, stormed on with mighty attacks to capture both sets 25-15 25-12 and match.

Yuki Ishikawa led Japan with 14 points including 11 points from 17 attempts, while Takashi Dekita contributed 10 attacks and Akihiro Yamauchi 3 kill blocks. Ramzil Uda topscored with 7 points for Indonesia.

After the match, Takashi Dekita, one of the Japan’s key players, commented about the match, “In the first set, my team are very nervous due to the noisy cheering from Indonesian fans. However, after that, we got used to it and we could play better. I think it was a turning point because if we win the first set, we can go on to win the second set.

“We will next take on Australia in the quarter-finals. Actually, we have played them for several times in the World League. The Australian side here are a bit different from the World League, but now we are here to do what we need to,” added Dekita, who has been playing with the Japan men’s national volleyball team for five years.


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