Miyaura leads Japan past Korea for bronze medal win

Riffa, Bahrain, August 27, 2017 – Kento Miyaura led Japan to capture the bronze medal, following their 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) win over Asian rivals Korea in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Sunday.

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Miyaura top scored with 16 points, which he built from 13 attacks, one block and two service aces. Miyaura took care of the Japanese offence, while his team-mate Mahiro Saeki led the team in blocks with four blocks. Im Donghyeok and Lim Sungjin scored 15 points each for the losing side.

The two Asian squads are evenly matched in terms of strength in offence and defence, which was evident in their first and second set encounters. After a series of intense rallies, Japan sparked great runs towards the end of each set to secure set victories. Japan’s constant patience on each rally helped them set-up a better counter-attack game, which rewarded them with the straight-set victory.


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