Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Japan routs Australia in three sets, sweeps Pool B

Japan sweep Pool B in beating Australia — AVC

THERE was no sense of braggadocio when powerful Japanese outside hitter Yuki Nishikawa announced they would rule the Asian Volleyball Cup the Philippines is currently hosting at the PhilSports Arena.

It was more of a promise.

“We’ll win this competition,” said the 5’10, 20-year-old Ms. Nishikawa following yesterday’s 25-4, 25-11, 25-15 obliteration of a listless Australian side that iced a three-game Pool B sweep.

The Nippon, who fielded in only four from their 39-player pool that finished seventh in this year’s Volleyball Nations League, was all business in dominating their bracket where they unmasked contenders Thailand and Chinese Taipei to mere pretenders with emphatic straight-set wins.

And on this quiet afternoon, the Japanese did not show signs they will slow down and mercilessly overpowered a tall team from the Land Down Under with plenty to spare.

Ms. Nishikawa was in the center of that destructive storm as she presided over the massacre by unleashing a masterful 18-point performance. “We only have little time to prepare for this competition, but we did well and I’m so happy for it,” she added.

Mizuki Tanaka joined in the bloodletting and scattered 16 hits.

“I just did my best,” she said.

The group stage domination catapulted Japan, which won the last two Asian Championships in 2017 in Biñan, Laguna and in 2019 in Seoul, Korea, straight to the quarterfinals where it will clash with Pool A’s No. 4 team, which could be one among the host nation, Iran or South Korea.

It also pushed them closer to its first title in the seventh edition of this biennial meet after its league-best silver medal finish in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand four years ago.

There was nothing the Aussies could do and ended up with a 0-3 record that set them up against the mighty Chinese, the Pool A winners, in the quarters.

The league takes a much-needed breather today. — Joey Villar

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



PHILHEALTH 2017 AR Boasting an 85% membership rate or having roughly 94 million Filipinos as members, there is no question about how integrated the...


Last Wednesday, Sept. 21, hundreds of activists wearing black shirts took to the streets holding up banners condemning Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of martial law...


THE DOCUMENTARY 11,103 had its Philippine premiere on Sept. 21, the date of Presidential Decree 1081 which placed the Philippines under Marcos’ Martial Law....


Last Thursday, Sept. 22, another Philippine Economic Briefing (PEB) was held in New York, USA. This was a sequel to the successful PEB held...


A protest in London against mandatory hijab in Iran. — Flickr DUBAI — Iran summoned the British and Norwegian ambassadors over what it...


KYIV — Voting in referendums in Ukraine aimed at annexing territory to Russia entered a fourth day on Monday, after the United States warned...

You May Also Like


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


KARASOLAR.COM TENA, Ecuador — Ecuador’s rainforest Achuar people say their ancestors long dreamed of a “fire canoe” or “electric fish” that would let them...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.