Ankara, Turkey, August 12, 2015 – In Wednesday’s last match at Ankara Arena, Japan thundered past Cuba in straight sets (25-26, 25-10, 25-20). The young Cubans found no solutions to stop the outstanding Asian offense.
Nanaka Sakamoto contributed 13 points to Japan’s win while Aguilera was top scorer for Cuba with nine kills.
The favourites from Japan quickly took command of the match in the opening set. The Asian side put a lot of pressure on the Cuban passers who did not manage to set up an effective offensive game. On the other hand, the young Japanese displayed an excellent organisation on the court. Five service winners helped Japan to cruise to an easy 25-16 in the first set.
There was no difference in balance of power in the second set. Cuba still struggled with their set-up while Japan showed no forgiveness. Shino Nakata helped her side with four service winners to offer the Japanese an unquestionable 25-10 second set win.
Cuba had their best moments in the beginning and in the end of the third set. However, it was not good enough. Japan eventually cruised to a well-deserved 25-20 set and 3-0 match win.