Japan Rallies in 5-Setter vs. Argentina, Russia Sweeps Germany

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 17th, 2018 | Asian Volleyball, European volleyball, FIVB Nations League - Men, International Volleyball, News, South American Volleyball


  • June 15th-June 17th, 2018
  • Ludwigsburg, Germany | Arena Ludwigsburg (Capacity: 5,325)
  • Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
  • World Rankings: #4 Russia, #7 Argentina, #10 Germany, #12 Japan
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Date Time Score Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5 Total Report
15 Jun 18:00 Germany  2–3  Japan 22–25 25–21 15–25 25–20 12–15 99–106 P2 Report
15 Jun 20:30 Russia  3–0  Argentina 25–20 25–20 26–24 76–64 P2 Report
16 Jun 16:00 Germany  3–1  Argentina 25–19 25–19 20–25 25–22 95–85 P2 Report
16 Jun 19:00 Russia  3–0  Japan 25–16 25–22 25–23 75–61 P2 Report
17 Jun 12:00 Argentina  2–3  Japan 24–26 25–12 25–23 23–25 11–15 108–101
17 Jun 15:00 Germany  0–3  Russia 18–25 24–26 18–25 60–76

Japan def. Argentina 3-2

  • Japan defeated Argentina 26-24, 12-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-11
  • Japan moved to 6-6 (15 points); Argentina moved to 2-10 (9 points)

In a match that featured three deuce sets, 15 blocks were not enough to lift Argentina past Japan, which won its second five-set affair of the week.

The Argentines outscored Japan 108 to 101, thanks in part to a 25-12 drubbing in Set 2, outblocked their foes 15-2 and led the match 2-1, but could not hang on. For their part, the Japanese boasted a 69-65 lead in kills and 4-3 advantage in aces. Japan committed 27 miscues, while Argentina made 25 errors.

Tatsuya Fukuzawa and Masahiro Yanagida paced Japan with 16 points apiece, while Issei Otake and Haku Ri added 12 each. Fukuzawa downed 16 kills, while Yanagida, Otake and Ri chipped in 15, 10 and 10. Otake served up a team-best two aces, while Yanagida and Ri accounted for the team’s two blocks.

Cristian Poglajen led the way as five of the six Argentine starters managed double-digit scoring outputs. Poglajen notched a match-high 20 points on 18 kills, a block and an ace. Martin Ramos (18), Sebastian Sole (15), Tomas Lopez (15) and Augustin Loser (14) followed, each adding at least nine putaways. Ramos chipped in 14 kills, while Lopez added 13 and Loser tacked on 10. Sole put up a team-best five blocks, while Ramos and Loser added four stuffs apiece.

The teams traded leads in Set 1, first an 11-9 edge for Argentina followed by a 20-18 advantage for Japan, but were eventually knotted at 20. A net violation followed by a Yanagida putaway sealed the 26-24 win for the Japanese.

Argentina battled back, cruising to a 25-12 win in Set 2. Argentina led by four early and boasted an eight point lead midway through at 15-7. The set included an interesting moment as the officials overruled the review that clearly showed a net touch, by stating the ball hit the floor before the violation occurred. It was of no effect, however, as the Argentines dominated the stanza.

The teams were fairly level in Set 3, playing to a tie at 11-all before Argentina crept ahead by two at 16-14 with a pair of blocks. The Argentines led 21-19, before Yanagida tied it up with two putaways. Ramos gave Argentina a set-point try and Otake gifted the team the win with a hitting attempt that sailed way long.

After that miscue, Otake exited the game and Hiroaki Asano took his spot. Japan excelled down the stretch in Set 4 as Yanagida starred and the team earned a 22-20 lead and went on to a 25-23 win to even the match.

It was a back and forth affair in Set 5 with Argentina going up 3-1 early, only to fall behind 8-6 at the changeover. Japan built a four-point lead and had a few match point tries, before clinching it at 15-12.


Russia def. Germany 3-0

  • Russia defeated 25-18, 26-24, 25-18
  • Russia moved to 9-3 (28 points); Germany 5-7 (17 points)

Romanas Shkulyavichus and Dmitriy Muserskiy scored in double digits to lead Russia past Germany to continue to build its resume for the Final Six and garner its fifth-straight win.

Shkulyavichus posted a match-high 15 points (10 kills, 3 blocks, 2 aces), while Muserskiy tacked on 11 points (7 kills, 4 blocks). Dmitry Volkov (8), Egor Kliuka (7) and Ilia Vlasov (5) rounded out the scoring.

Seven German players scored in the match, but none reached double digits. Simon Hirsch was the closest with nine points (8 kills, 1 block), while Christian Fromm followed with eight points (7 kills, 1 ace). Tobias Krick (6) and Moritz Reichert (5) were not far behind. Lukas Kampa managed a team-best two blocks and two aces.

Russia boasted slight advantages in kills (33-28), blocks (10-5) and points off errors (26-23), but trailed Germany 6-4 in aces.

Russia quietly the home crowd by going up 22-17 in Set 1 and carrying the momentum from there.

In Set 2, the home side had a bit more to cheer for as the Germans boasted a slight edge throughout much of the stanza. The teams were tied up at 20 before Germany grabbed a 23-21 edge and earned a set-point try at 24-22. Krick served long and Muserskiy downed a kill to bring it level at 24. Volkov stole away the set for Russia in extra points at 26-24.

Russia carried the momentum out to an 8-5 lead in Set 3 and soon boasted a six-point margin at 13-7. Germany didn’t put up much of a fight from there, falling 25-18 on a Muserskiy putaway.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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