Japan spikers beat Egypt to halt slide

Kyodo

Host Japan picked up its first win at the men’s World Cup on Sunday, defeating African champion Egypt after five straight losses.

Japan dropped the opening set 29-27 but took the next three 25-17, 25-23, 25-12 at Marine Messe Fukuoka, leaving both teams at 1-5 in a competition that doubles as a qualifier for next year’s London Olympic volleyball tournament.

In other matches, Poland defeated winless China 17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 to stay atop the standings with a 5-1 record.

Defending champion Brazil and Russia also earned their fifth wins in six matches. Brazil beat Argentina (3-3) 25-22, 25-20, 25-21, while Russia clobbered Serbia (1-5) 25-16, 25-16, 25-15.

The top three finishers of the 12-team, round-robin tournament will secure berths in the London Olympics.