Corrientes, Argentina, August, 14, 2015 – Japan had to work a lot to defeat Puerto Rico in an exciting tie break held in Regatas’ Arena (25-16, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10). Puerto Rican opposite Gabriel Garcia led the scoring sheet with 22 points, while Japanse Yoshiki Ohmi contributed 22 points for his team’s victory.
Japan could impose their high-speed game from scratch and took the first set by a comfortable score (25-18). Later, Puerto Rico adjusted their game and started to spike higher and stronger, weakening the Japanese defense and winning second and third set by 25-23 and 25-18.
Despite improving their game, the ‘Boricuas’ suffered the best moment of Japan. Nakamoto replaced Suzuki and the Asians started to feel that they could take the game to a 5th set, the second in this first day of competition in Corrientes. The outside hitter’s fine performance led Japan to win comfortably the fourth set 25-18 and finally impose to Puerto Rico in the tie break 15-10.