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University of Tsukuba rips MJ Phillips-led Team Shine for second win

University of Tsukuba flexed its might once again, powering past Team Shine in straight-set fashion, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16, in the 2019 PSL Super Cup, Thursday night at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

The win was a massive follow up to Tsukuba’s dominant conquest of Team Sparkle last Tuesday. It also buoyed the Japanese to a pristine 2-0 win-loss slate.

“Our service was better than yesterday’s match. I said to my players, our service is better than yesterday,” said Tsukuba head coach Yasumi Nakanishi, who gave exposure to all of his wards once again.

“Of course, we always come prepared. That’s why our team, our players’ service is very important also in tomorrow’s match,” Nakanishi added.

The Japanese only managed five aces out of 74 service attempts. Still, their steady service performance disrupted the tempo of Team Shine’s offense.

Ami Yamashiro spearheaded the charge of the visiting team with 17 points built on 15 attacks and a pair of kill blocks. Moeka Kinoe supplied 12 markers, while Syuri Kurata and Kurumi Takama punched in eight each.

Japanese playmaker Manami Mandai flirted with a double-double of nine excellent sets and 11 excellent digs.

Team Shine, on the other hand, fell to 0-2.

MJ Phillips led the Filipinas with nine points, all but one coming from attacks. Fritz Gallenero and Eli Soyud had four markers each, as Rem Palma added three.

University of Tsukuba will take on the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball team on Friday, November 7, at the same venue.

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