Tatyana Mudritskaya‘s powerful right-wing attacks put Kazakhstan into an early 8-4 lead in the first set. Like in last match with Germany, Japan team couldn’t find their rhythm. Japan catch up the distance, equaled score to 13-13. However, Manabe‘s team lost control and cool-headed Kazakh team won with last powerful Anarbayeva‘s attack (25-23).
In the second set, Japan went onto the court much more concentrated and took an advantage very quickly (8-1). Even if Oleksan Gutor‘s team was so close, Japanese with strong spikes survived a while, when their opponents were able to catch up the score. With good game of each player, Japan had 16-11 score and it was impossible for Kazakhstan to overtake rivals.
Consistent game of Japan allowed them to be very calm on first TTO with advantage 8-5 in the third set. Eventually, Japan demolished Kazakhstan – 25-18.
In fourth set, Yukiko Ebata continued her good game, with 20 points on her account after last part of the game. Her team was perfect in block and attack, but Kazakh team started to play well in reception with good spikes of Anarbayeva and Mudritskaya. Kazakhstan lost with a grace, fighting for each ball, played admirably in defence, survived two match balls 24-19 and 24-20, but eventually lost 20-25.
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