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05-11-2011

THE ARGENTINE SENIOR'S WOMEN TEAM FOUGHT BUT WAS DEFEATED BY THE HOST TEAM OF JAPAN IN THE SECOND DAY OF THE WORLD CUP

Nizetich led the Argentinian scorers with 9 points

Hiroshima, Japan, November 5, 2011 - After dropping its first match against a tough Italian team yesterday, hometown Japan bounced back against an Argentinian squad in Hiroshima on Saturday, winning handily in three sets (25-19, 25-11, 25-20). Argentina had beaten the Dominican Republic in its first match, but Japan - cheered on by a packed house of supporters - looked far more upbeat today. Japan was lead by their star Saori Kimura with 16, who had far more spring in her step than on the previous day. For the Argentinians, Paula Yamila Nizetich put up 9 points.

Argentina’s Antonela Ayelen Curatola started the match promisingly with an ace, but it was all Japan from there. The homeside came roaring out early like a team with something to prove, with both Ebata and Risa attacking well to put Japan up 8-2. Saori helped them extend to 16-7 with a pair of spikes of her own. From there Japan was on cruise control with smiles all around, retaining its lead with substitution Maiko Kano spiking to help them up 20-12. Argentina picked up a few points near the end, but Japan would close it out more comfortably than the score indicated at 25-19.

Japan continued its dominance in the second with strong serving from Risa, and a wonderful get from Saori setting up an Ebata spike to make it 8-3. Argentina tried in vain to muster some kind of offense in the face of the Japanese, with Saori putting the home side up 16-5 at the second TTO. Argentina’s Lucia Fresco let out some frustration in a spike that knocked over Sakoda, but they were still way behind at 20-9. But just moments later Sakoda would get her revenge, taking a soft set from Takeshita and pounding it home to clinch the second 25-11.

Saoru started the third strong with an ace and a pair of spikes putting Japan up 5-1. Argentina seemed to wake up after that with great attacking from Paula Yamila Nizetich to give Argentina a brief lead at 12-10. But Japanese coach Masayosi Manabe called a timeout to regroup, and they would draw even at 15 thanks to a powerful spike from their captain Erika Araki. Japan would go back ahead attacking the Argentinian block well, with Saori and Araki scoring consecutively to go up three. Saori would pitch in four of her nine points in the set in the clutch to help Japan close it out 25-20, 3 sets to 0.

Press Conference:

Japan coach Masayosi Manabe: We started [Mai] Yamaguchi instead of Iwasaka today. We made some service errors but finally played well.

Regarding player Risa Shinnabe: She lost lots of points in reception. I told her that if it was tough to just stay back. But we still need to work on our reception more.

Regarding player Nana Iwasaka: Her attacks were ok when the sets from [Yoshie] Takeshita were good. But she made five service errors and needs to work on that for tomorrow.

Japan captain Erika Araki: I’m happy we won today, as we were very sorry about yesterday’s loss. We just wanted to start fresh and do our best. We hope to continue this way against China tomorrow.

Re China: We studied Chinese players a lot, especially against speedy attacking from the middle. So we’re going to need to work on our defence.

Japan player Risa Shinnabe: I’m sorry we lost yesterday, so of course I’m very happy to have won today.

Japan player Nana Iwasaka: Before the match the coach told me that it would be my first time starting and he told me to just smile [laughs]. I’m glad we won.

Argentina coach Bastit Horacio: Today we didn’t do very well. I knew it would be tough, but I thought we could do better. I had hoped for a closer match but it didn’t turn out that way… The difference in our world rankings was clear today.

On Lucia Fresco’s play: She’s so young and a little unstable sometimes. But I’m so happy with her play today, and I’m sure she’ll improve further in the future.

Argentina captain Emilce Sosa: It was a very different game today. We’re not used to the kind of speed that Japan has. We managed to catch up a bit in the third set, but we need to practice a little more for upcoming matches.

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