Juncos, Puerto Rico, September 16, 2015 – In an incredible match, Peru and Japan gave a great performance, which ended with a Japanese win as they took down an undefeated Peruvian team 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-17) to put an end on their reign. The players from Peru seemed surprised with Japan’s response in the first set and were affected ever since for the whole match.
With astounding 25 points, Nanami Hirose led the Japanese team followed by captain Mizuki Yanagita with 13 points and Yurika Kono with 10. For Peru, captain Angela Leyva scored 16 points while Maguilaura Frias got 11.
Surprising many in Juncos, Japan showed a very consistent attack and a great defense in the first set. They managed to block Angela Leyva in important occasions and so were able to win the first set 25-20 after maintaining a lead for almost the whole chapter.
In a very hard second set, Peru started off well but with a good defensive tactic by Japan and a good attack, the Peruvian team faced some very difficult situations and were not able to score as they usually do. Japan was in control once they took hold of Peru’s strategy and won the set 26-24 after a point-by-point battle.
For the third set it looked like Peru would dominate and win it, but Japan had a strong defense and nailed important points that tied the set many times. In the end they managed to win the set 25-17 and finish the match 3-0 putting an end to Peru’s winning line.