Asians and South Americans were involved in three clashes in one week in Nagoya
Japanese and Brazilian men pose together after one of their brawls in Nagoya (Image: JVA)
The 2023 Volleyball Nations League players Japan and Brazil felt good before the start of the tournament as the teams battled 12 sets over the last four days in Nagoya, Japan, just days before their debut.
The Asians and South Americans agreed to play four sets in each of the three matches they held in the host city of VNL Pool 2, with each side winning one match and the third ending in a draw.
The series of brawls began on Thursday as the teams split sets, with the Japanese winning the first (25-22) and third (25-23) and the Brazilians second (25-21) and fourth (25-23). ).
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The second matchup took place the next day and Brazil was on the winning side, defeating the Asians 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20). In the last meeting, on Sunday, the Japanese fought and prevailed, defeating their rivals in all four sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18).
“These friendlies were great for our adjustments,” said Brazilian striker Julia Bergmann. “In the first week of the VNL we will play some very good teams. China has a very tall and strong team, but they are also very good at defending and playing against Japan helped us prepare for that. Now we know what we need to improve before our first match.
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In addition to the Chinese, who will be their opponents on Wednesday at 18:00 local time (09:00 UTC), the Brazilians will also face the Netherlands, Dominican Republic and Croatia in the first week of the VNL.
The Japanese will be on court for the first time on Tuesday against the Dominicans at 19:40 local time (10:40 UTC). They will also face Croatia, Bulgaria and China in Group 2.
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