HIROSHIMA – The Japan women’s volleyball team breezed past winless Algeria in three sets at the women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
Japan rebounded from its loss to China on Sunday, defeating the Algerian team 25-8, 25-10, 25-17 at Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall.
Saori Sakoda led the scoring with 21 points and dished out five of the 15 spikes for Japan (2-2), which took advantage of its superior serves to break down the Algerian defense.
“Today we served well. We have to pull together as a team for the final seven matches and give it our best effort,” said Japan head coach Masayoshi Manabe.
In other matches, defending champion Italy beat Argentina in three sets, while the United States pounded Kenya in a lopsided affair to also improve to a 4-0 mark. World No. 1 Brazil prevailed in a five-set thriller against South Korea to pick up a third win and China (3-1) beat the Dominican Republic (1-3) in four sets.