Mayani blocks Japan to keep Brazil undefeated


Drussyla Costa hits past the Japanese block as she leads Brazil at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 World Championship in Ljubljana.

Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 12, 2017 - Brazil dropped their first set at the 2017 FIVB Women's U23 here today in Hala Tivoli as they overcame Japan 4-1 (14-16, 15-13, 15-11, 15-10) to remain undefeated after three rounds of play.

The South Americans lead Pool B with a 3-0 record, as Japan drop to 1-2.

All matches in Ljubljana are played under a new scoring system currently being tested: a best-of-seven, 15-point set format.

Mayany Souza with a tournament high of eight blocks and captain Drussyla Costa with a total of 12 points led Brazil, who found the patience to keep replying to some brilliant defending of the Japanese, though at times they struggled in reception. However, it was Misaki Yamauchi and Nanami Hirose with 13 points each for Japan who were top scorers of the game.

Brazil had the chance to take lead when they went 14-13 up in the first, but Japan rallied for three straight points, including an ace by Haruka Kanamori for set point to finish the set.

And Japan tried to react in the fourth when they took a 6-10 lead before Brazil closed in to tie the score for the first time at 12-12 and then took the set on their fourth set point.

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