In a very tight first set the gap never exceeded two points. Japan were the first to arrive at set point, but the battle continued. Eventually a Japanese spike went too long to settle the score at 28-26 Argentina’s way. In the second set the equilibrium was maintained through the 18th point. In the conclusive moments of the set Argentina displayed some fantastic blocking to break away to a 25-20 finish. Set three was very similar to the first one. It was a fierce battle for every point featuring long rallies and beautiful performances, especially in blocking and spiking. Japan did not take advantage of the first set point at 24-23 and in the end Argentina’s Gonzalo Lapera provided for an exciting finish of the game with a brilliant ace shaping up the 28-26 win.
Pablo Koukartsev became the best scorer of the match as he tallied up 18 points for Argentina. Yuki Ishikawa, with 13 points, was Japan’s most prolific player.
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