Corrientes, Argentina, August, 15, 2015 – Japan and Germany gave an authentic exhibition of defense and blocks, and finally the Europeans imposed the Asians in an uneven tie break (25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-18, 9-15). Maximilian Auste led the German scoring with 24 points, while Yoshiki Ohmi was the best among the Japanse with 20.
Undoubtedly, blocking was the key factor in the Teuton victory over Japan. Matus Kelny’s team outscored his rival with 20 direct kill-blocks. Japan made it, however, hard for Germany to score in the offensive phase, with a fine digging play by libero Tomohiro Horie and efficient counterattacks by Yoshiki Ohmi.
Hiroshi Honda’s squad recovered from a 1-2 handicap with a distributed score sheet and Nakamoto showing that last night’s performance wasn’t fortunate. Lots of ups and downs in the teams’ production made the plot slightly slow, always with Auste and Ohmi as the most distinguished.
Japan forced the tie break crushing Germany in the 4th set, but seemed to run out of fuel for the last effort. Auste and Thiel led their teammates to a tranquilizer 0-6 gap that couldn’t be narrowed by the Asians. Auste charged for the 24th time and reassured the victory (9-15).