Egypt didn’t allow itself the another poor beginning of the set. Although Japan had the initiative, having one or two points more than the opponent, Egypt scored three in a row after the first TTO, getting 9-8.
Abdelhay demolished Japanese defense with two aces in a row and one kill 15-11. Somehow, Japan equalized at 21-21, but Abdelhay was perfect, converting the first set ball into 25-23.
The Ishikawa – Abdehay duel continued in the third set, too. After 10-all, Japan managed to change the course of the match with four points in a row.
Unlike Egypt where Abdelhay didn’t have support by his teammates, Ishikawa was followed by Shimizu on the other side. So, the home team didn’t have problems to maintain a four-point lead until the end. It even enlarged it (25-18).
Egypt knew that it had only one more chance to avoid defeat. Someone had to join Abdelhay and it was Abou. The advantage of African side was constantly increasing (13-10, 15-11, 19-13…). Egypt has reached the tie-break 25-17!
Ishikawa was a key factor in Japan in the fifth set. He scored in series of two consecutive points, giving his team 4-1 and 7-2 lead. Even then, it was almost certain that Japanese team will start the tournament with a win, let alone when it had 10-2! Final result in the tie-break shows how Japan was dominant 15-7.
Yuki Ishikawa scored 24 points in Japan and Ahmed Abdelhay 22 in Egypt.
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