Manila, Philippines, August 15, 2017 – Even after Koyomi Tominaga dished 36 excellent sets in Japan’s 25-22, 25-21, 25-16 quarter-finals victory over Vietnam in the SMM 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, head coach Kumi Nakada was left wanting for more.
Even though Tominaga’s performance Tuesday was better than how she did against Thailand the day before, Nakada, in an interview at the Alonte Sports Arena, called out the playmaker for her lackluster ball distribution.
“Her game today was not good as well. Her distribution was not good and when we don’t have good reception, we start playing simple volleyball. The hitters can’t kill the ball,” Nakada said.
Nakada’s observation was spot on based on the numbers delivered by the Japanese spikers.
While Nakada has a wide array of offensive weapons at her disposal, Tominaga went to Rika Nomoto and Mami Uchiseto the most with the duo tallying 20 and 10 points, respectively.
Asked if she thinks her playmaker can bounce back in time for the semi-finals battle of Japan against China on Wednesday, Nakada simply said: “Of course.”
Thuy Tran Thi Thanh continued to be Vietnam’s top gun with 14 points but her efforts are in vain as they bow out of title contention after losing to Japan.
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