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    Japan overcomes Vietnam in battle of also-rans

    Apr 11, 2014

    JAPAN’s Otia Miyoshi Weisse Adler finally got things going right, beating Vietnam’s Duc Long Gai Lai, 25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 25-21, in a battle of winless teams on Friday in the Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Yuki Hosokawa poured in 23 points, while Egyptian reinforcement Mohamed Khattab provided 17 markers.

    Daisuke Omichi and Takuya Iguchi, who came off the bench, chipped in 11 points each as Japan won for the first time in three matches although it has already been eliminated from quarterfinal contention. Vietnam is also out with a 0-3 win-loss card.

    "Three days straight of competitive and tight volleyball," said Japan coach Hiroyuki Furuta.

    "Vietnam was a very good team, they gave us a good challenge."

    At one set apiece, Vietnam came alive from a 14-22 hole in the third to tie it at 24-all.

    But Khattab came up with a spike and Yohei Yamada sealed the set with a service ace.

    In the fourth set, Japan pulled away from 14-13, using a 5-2 spurt to grab a 19-15 lead.

    Japan, which settled for third place, will face other eliminated teams in the classification match on Sunday. Pairings will be determined from the conclusion of the elimination round.

    Huu Ha Nguyen and van Hann Nguyen came away with 18 points apiece for Vietnam, while Thao Cao Xuan and Duy Quang Nguyen added 12 and 10, respectively.

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