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University of Tsukuba, flexes might again, sweeps Team Shine

The University of Tsukuba cruised through its second win in the 2019 PSL Super Cup, defeating Team Shine in straight sets, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16, Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Japanese spikers continued to showcase their quick plays and solid defense to book a 2-0 record ahead of their match-up against the Philippine women's volleyball team on Friday.

"We had a tough game but we all cooperated together and achieved our goal. We'll be looking forward to tomorrow's game," said Japanese team captain Miho Yokota.

Ami Yamashiro top-scored for the guest team with 17 points built on 15 spikes and two blocks, while Moeka Kinoe contributed 12 points.

The Japanese team had full control in the opening set, breaking away early and building as high as a 15-point lead for a dominant closeout.

Team Shine managed to stay within striking distance in Set 2. The home team had a momentary lead at the start, thanks to Alex CabaƱos' back-to-back aces, but Tsukuba quickly recovered and took over. Fritz Gallenero and Eli Soyud pulled their team within three, 17-14, before the Japanese completely pulled away with an 8-2 finisher.

Tsukuba surged to 14-4 in Set 3 and remained aggressive the rest of the way to seal the victory. The guest team had an overwhelming 55-21 advantage in attack points throughout the game.

"Our players did a better service," said Japanese coach Yasumi Nakanishi. "We prepare for [Friday]'s game facing the national team, that's why we played today's match."

MJ Phillips delivered nine points for the home team in the loss, while Gallenero and Soyud added four points apiece.

Team Shine, which remains winless in the tournament, will take on fellow all-stars selection Team Sparkle on Friday.