Nomoto shines as Japan outplay rivals Korea

Tokyo, Japan, September 5, 2017 – Rika Nomoto guided Japan to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 26-24) win over their continental rivals Korea in the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Grand Champions Cup at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday.

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Nomoto’s double-digit output for Japan in the opening set led to an 18-point finish, which included 17 attacks and a block. Mami Uchiseto and Risa Shinnabe added 13 and 12 points, while their setter Koyomi Tominaga also contributed in scoring with 5 points. Ha Hyejin and Lee Jaeyong led Korea with 20 and 16 points in the losing effort.

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Japan have won their opening game in the World Grand Champions Cup in six of the previous seven editions, with the five-set loss against Poland in 2005 as the only exception. Japan have extended their perfect record over Korea in the tournament to five wins.

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Nomoto performed solidly in the tightly contested first set, but Korea countered well to grab the lead at 22-21. Korea continued to fight in the succeeding sets, but Tominaga helped them run clutch plays that ensured match victory.


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