JAPAN upset FINLAND in WORLD LEAGUE 2013It was really an interesting match between Japan and Finland last Saturday during the on-going World League 2013.

The former defeated the latter in 4 sets, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.

Tatsuya Fukuzawa led his team with 24 points. He was receiving good sets and responded very well. But in the opening set, the Finns were able to win after a very close battle of the net because of their massive blocks.

The Asian powerhouse bounced back in the three remaining sets. It was a lucky day for Japan in the second set because of strong offense and defense that led them ahead, 25-21. That was the time that the Japanese squad found their momentum to stay ahead the Finns.

Seppanen Niklas But the Finns were trying to go ahead the Japanese with their strong blocks, 10-6 in the third set. With good receives and digs from the Japanese libero, Takeshi Nagano, the Asian went ahead the European powerhouse, 15-14 and eventually ended the set, 25-19.

It was also a very tight set with Finland tried to even the match and forced the Japanese squad into a decider. Japan was ahead 16-11 and reached the second technical timeout. But the Finns made their run and stayed close, 21-20. And the match was sealed with Tatsuya delivered his powerful spike, 25-22. Tatsuya 2