Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 - Asian champions Japan secured a slot into the semi-finals of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship with a straight-sets win against European champions Czech Republic (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) on Friday at Isa CIty Sports Hall. Quick links - Volleyball:
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Captain Kento Miyaura was the main scorer for the Japanese side with 24 points scored off purely from attacks. Tatsunori Otsuka also helped the Japanese team’s offence by delivering 17 points. Japan employed their brand of quick offence, enabling their hitters to outrun the taller frontline of the Czechs. They also unleashed strategic serves that gave difficulty for the opponents to receive and set up for counter-attack. The European side tried to run their offence on combination plays, but the Japanese also knew how to retaliate with good floor defence. The Asian side succeeded with 50 digs, which proved useful in setting up their plays, scoring off a total of 50 attacks.