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Japan beats USA for first time in Manila finale

Kento Miyaura Japan vs USA VNL 2024

Japan’s Kento Miyaura flexes his muscle tissues throughout a recreation towards USA within the VNL 2024 in Manila.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

MANILA, Philippines — With each groups fielding their bench in a much-anticipated closing recreation in Manila, Japan bought the higher of USA, 25-20, 25-23, 25-19, to finish the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Week 3 on a excessive observe earlier than an ecstatic 12,424 crowd on Sunday night time at Mall of Asia Area.

Japan coach Philippe Blain might have rested his starters led by captain Yuki Ishikawa and Yuji Nishida however Kento Miyaura sustained his positive play and powered the Japanese second unit for his or her first win towards the Individuals of their nineteenth assembly within the FIVB.

Miyaura, who was a revelation of their five-set comeback over France on Saturday, confirmed the best way with 18 factors together with 5 aces to seal their entry to the Closing Eight in Poland after ending with a 9-3 file.

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The Japanese willed their manner again from a 13-17 deficit within the third set with Miyaura scoring 4 straight factors, highlighted by three aces to provide them a 24-19 lead earlier than Kai Masato nailed the game-winning hit.

“At present I used to be the highest scorer however generally we’re in a tough second so I attempted to discover a resolution. I had many errors in spiking however [I kept on trying] I’m comfortable to win this,” mentioned Miyaura, who was coming off a 19-point effort of their five-set win over France lower than 24 hours in the past.

Trailing 22-23 within the second set, Japan fought again with Shoma Tomita nailing an off-the-block hit for the equalizer earlier than Kyle Ensing put them at set level after an assault error. Miyaura drilled their third straight level to finish a comeback and take a 2-0 lead.

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Masato additionally turned heads with 16 factors constructed on 12 spikes and 4 aces, whereas Taishi Onodera and Larry Ik Evbade-Dan delivered eight factors every.

Miyaura thanked the Filipino followers for supporting them each recreation because the Japanese will deliver dwelling one other treasured reminiscence of their third Manila stint earlier than heading to the ultimate spherical and the Paris Olympics subsequent month.

“The Filipino followers are pushing us many instances. Additionally, Filipino followers love volleyball. They’re making a really good ambiance,” he mentioned. 

“The final recreation was a really tough recreation however we gained the sport so this expertise [will help me] within the Olympics.”

After reaching the ultimate final 12 months and settling for a runner-up end, USA didn’t make it to the Closing Eight with a 5-7 file, splitting its 4 matches in its first Manila leg.

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Micah Christenson solely performed late within the third set, as American stars Matt Anderson, and TJ Defalco sat out with Taylor Averill and Erik Shoji being the remaining starters within the match.

Ensing led USA with 14 factors, whereas Averill and Jordan Ewert added eight factors earlier than shifting their focus to the Olympic video games in France.



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