Japan repeats over Sweden to complete unbeaten run to Spike for Peace title
Kusano Ayumi and Akiko Hasegawa assert their mastery of the Swedish pair in the final. Jerome Ascano

JAPAN completed an unbeaten run to the title, beating Sweden, 21-19, 21-12, in the championship match of the 2015 Spike for Peace International Beach Volleyball Tournament on Thursday at the Philsports Arena.

Kusano Ayumi had 26 points on 21 spikes and Akiko Hasegawa scored nine to finish the tournament with a 6-0 win-loss record, including three victories from the group stage where it also defeated Sweden’s Karin Erika Lundqvist and Anne-lie Helene Ririnsland, 17-21, 21-18, 17-15.

The Japanese pair bagged US$8,000 (around P375,000), while the Swedish team won $5,000 (around P235,000).

Sweden had a 4-2 record in the five-day tournament.

In the semifinals, Kuzano scored 34 points to eliminate Indonesia’s Dini Putu at Juliana Dhita, 21-14, 18-21, 15-12, while Sweden scored a 19-21, 21-19, 15-8, victory over Brazilians Bruna Figueiredo and Mimi Ameral.

Indonesia, bronze medal winner in the 2014 Asian Beach Games in Phuket, bagged third place and $4,000 after a, 21-16, 19-21, 15-8, victory over Brazil, which settled for $3,000.

Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand’s Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee beat the top seeded Spanish tandem of Ester Ribera and Amaranta Fernandez, 19-21, 21-18, 19-17, to take fifth place.

New Zealand’s Julia Tilley and Shaunna Polley salvaged seventh place by beating the Netherlands’ Rosanna Van Der Hoeven and Iike Meertens, 21-19, 21-17. 


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