JAPAN OVERWHELM TURKMENISTAN IN A COMPLETELY LOPSIDED BATTLE
Manama, Bahrain, July 23, 2018 – Fired-up Japan handed Turkmenistan the bitter second loss in the 19th Asian Men’s U20 Volleyball Championship at the Isa Sport City Hall on Monday following a one-sided 25-12, 25-12, 25-11 win over the lower-ranked side.
Fielding only nine players in this championship, Turkmenistan suffered their first loss in the previous match against Thailand. Their high hopes to revive their fortunes in this match against the formidable Japanese were also dashed entirely when they went down in easy straight sets.
Star spiker Ryuki Ban’s splendid partnership with middle blocker Shunichiro Sato was just too much for Turkmenistan.
With two losses in a row, Turkmenistan are now assured of a third-place finish in Pool B and R6 (ranked 6) overall heading for the knockout stage. Japan emerged as the Pool B winners as expected.
A series of huge rallies throughout the match had electrified fans inside the hall, as had every single move Japan’s captain Kento Miyaura made.
“No match is easy for us. Turkmenistan are also strong, but I think they were just tired today because they played Thailand in close five sets on Sunday,” Japan head coach Kazushi Masunari commented.
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