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VNL: Yuki Ishikawa returns to steer Japan previous Slovenia


Yuki Ishikawa celebrates throughout a win over Slovenia within the Quezon Metropolis leg of the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) on Sunday.

MANILA, Philippines — Yuki Ishikawa helped Japan get again on monitor to cap its Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Quezon Metropolis leg with a convincing 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19 win over Slovenia on Sunday at Good Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a three-set loss to France on Saturday, the place the Japanese sat out resulting from fatigue, Ishikawa returned to motion with 21 factors off 17 assaults, three aces, and a block, and had a powerful ground protection with eight digs and 7 receptions.

The Japanese, the gang darlings who acquired loud cheers from the Filipino followers, received three of their 4 Philippine leg matches to complete Week 2 with a 6-2 file for solo fourth seed.

Ishikawa, nonetheless, careworn that there are nonetheless numerous issues to work on for the subsequent leg, which they are going to host in Osaka subsequent month.

“We received the match. However within the second set, we had been successful however we misplaced. It’s one factor we have to (work on),” stated the Japanese captain. “This weekend, we completed with three wins and one loss. We now have extra issues to enhance earlier than going again to Osaka.”

Tatsunori Otsuka uncorked 13 factors, all coming from spikes, and had 10 receptions and eight digs.

Yuji Nishida chipped in 12 factors, whereas center blockers Kentaro Takahashi and Akihiro Yamauchi added 11 and 7 markers, respectively.

Ran Takahashi, probably the most adored Japanese participant by the Filipino followers, sat out for the second straight recreation.

Slovenia banked on the 20-point effort of Rok Mozic however dropped to 3-5 within the ninth place.

Toncek Stern helped Mozic with 16 factors, whereas captain Tine Urnaut added 11 markers.

The Slovenians, who gave up 31 free factors to Japan from their errors, will want a greater outing in Week 3 in Gdansk, Poland from July 5 to 10.

The highest seven groups and host Italy will qualify within the Last spherical from July 20 to 24 in Bologna.

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