MIZUMACHI TOPS JAPAN IN A KEY TRIUMPH OVER KAZAKHSTAN
Tabriz, Iran, July 3, 2018 – With a 16-point harvest by wing-spiker Taito Mizumachi, Japan finished their preliminary round agenda with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-23) victory over Kazakhstan which was both tight and vital for their chance to save the berth in 2019 World Championship.
The one-hour match took place at Poursharifi Gymnasium on Tuesday in the 12th Asian Men’s U18 Volleyball Championship.
Taito Mizumachi was assisted by Tobias Shigeto with 12 points, while middle-blocker Shunsuke Nishimura unveiled four stuff blocks and a total of 5 points. For Kazakhstan, Ilya Chekurskov carved 8 points.
Japan dominated the match in the first two sets 25-12, 25-18. Japan led by three in the third set (8-5), things then started extremely close between these two rivals, to the point that both were tied at 23-23 but finally the crucial counter-attacks by Japan formed the 25-23 victory.
“Kazakhstan’s players are tall, so we tried to mix agility in our attacks to overcome them. Some of my players like Taito Mizumachi can serve the senior team of Japan in the future. Our main goal is to gain the ticket for the next year’s World Championship,” Japan head coach Hirsoshi Honda commented after the match.
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