Road to the men’s World Championship. Finland win against Japan in the first friendly match.

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Japan, the first opponent of the hosts of Italy in the World Championship has lost in five sets the first of two friendly match against Finland with following scores: 13.25 25.19 25.22 21.25 15.12. Best scorer of the match was the young Japanese opposite Nishida, who signed 20 points. Well in attack also Ishikawa with 54% and 15 points signed in total. Finland showed a clear superiority with the number of blocks: 14 vs 7. Very good match of the Finland’s mittle-blocker Siirila: 14 points, 10/11 in attack and 4 winning blocks.

Finland and Japan to the World Championship.
Finland: POOL D, Varna (Bul). Bulgaria, Poland, Iran, Cuba, Finland, Puerto Rico.
Japan: POOL A, Roma and Florence (Ita). Italy, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Slovenia, Dominican Republic.