Japan recovers to beat Dominican Republic

RIMINI, Italy, June 18, 2021 - A tough Japan rallied from a two-set hole down to beat the Dominican Republic in five frames to start the fifth phase of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Nations League.

With accurate serves accompanied by solid blocks, Japan triumphed 3-2 (18-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 15-11) to raise their record to 15-4 in clashes between the two sides.

For the second time in the 2021 League of Nations competition, the Dominican Republic falls after taking the first two sets. Before it happened in the second phase when they lost to Belgium.

The Japanese outscored the Dominicans in service wins (6-1), blocks (10-7) and errors committed (14-18). The losers were slightly better in attacks 77-73.

Mayu Ishikawa and Sarina Koga led Japan with 24 and 23 points, respectively, followed by Ai Kurogo with 19 and Haruyo Shimamura with 13 points.

For the Dominican Republic, Brayelin Martínez was the best of the match with 31 points, escorted by Bethania de la Cruz with 26 and Prisilla Rivera with 13.