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Volleyball: Japan go two for two, Turkey next in Pool D decider

 

Japan's Miyu Nagaoka puts one away against Algeria. All photos: FIVB.

Japan’s Miyu Nagaoka puts one away against Algeria. All photos: FIVB.

August 4, 2013: Japan beat minnows Algeria 3-0 (25-10, 25-8, 25-8) on Saturday to remain among seven teams unbeaten in the FIVB World Grand Prix and set up a Pool D decider with hosts Turkey in Ankara.

 

Japan fielded several second-string players in their straight-sets win, which followed a 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-21) defeat of Thailand on Friday.

 

Japan coach Masayoshi Manabe was happy with his team’s performance against Algeria, one of three first-timers on this year’s World Grand Prix.

 

Japan celebrate during their win over debutants Algeria on Saturday.

Japan celebrate during their win over debutants Algeria on Saturday.

“I changed all the players in the team and it went perfectly,” he said. “Turkey are a strong team and we need to be ready for them.”

 

Turkey, last year’s bronze medallists, won a tight match over Thailand, who finished one place behind them in last year’s finals. Turkey won 25-23, 26-24, 25-22 in Ankara to maintain their perfect record.

 

Sittirak Onuma was Thailand’s top scorer with 13 spikes and two blocks. Thailand coach Kiattipong Radchatagriengkai was disappointed with the performance, but hoped to finish with a victory against Algeria.

 

“This was an important match for both of the teams. Turkey were a strong team. They were good at attacks and service, but the reason we lost the match is our own mistakes. Now we are waiting to face Algeria.”

 

Thailand captain Wilavan Apinyapon added: “Actually I think we played better than against Japan. The important thing was to win the match, but we couldn’t. We did our best, but Turkey are a very strong team. Now, we need to win against Algeria.”

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