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Kimura guides Japan past Kenya

Aug 26, 2015

Kimura guides Japan past Kenya

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Japan captain Saori Kimura scored 10 points from 14 attempts attacking as well as two on blocking, leading Japan to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Kenya on Wednesday in fourth-day action at the Women’s World Cup at National Yoyogi First Gymnasium. Japan improved ...

Koga shines as Japan cruises past Cuba

Aug 24, 2015

Koga shines as Japan cruises past Cuba

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Sarina Koga continued to make a statement as Japan’s rising star, scoring 19 points including 15 on spikes to lead Japan to a 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 triumph over Cuba on Monday in the FIVB Women’s World Cup. Playing before a crowd of 12,000 at ...

Russia edges Japan in five-set thriller

Aug 23, 2015

Russia edges Japan in five-set thriller

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Japan failed to overcome its height disadvantage as the host country suffered a 25-12, 18-25, 21-25, 25-23, 13-15 loss to Russia on Sunday on the second day of the FIVB Women’s World Cup at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. Japan is now 1-1 while Russia stayed ...

Aug 4, 2015

Graft probe targets volleyball chief

China’s sweeping drive against corruption is turning again to the country’s sports programs, with the head of the volleyball center the latest to be targeted. The State General Administration of Sports said Tuesday that Pan Zhichen has been placed under investigation for “serious violations ...

Jul 17, 2015

Volleyball icon re-injures shoulder

Three-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings may need surgery after dislocating her shoulder twice in two months, but she still expects to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Walsh Jennings was at an appearance atop the Empire State Building on Thursday ahead ...

V-League stars hit beach for special exhibition

Jul 6, 2015

V-League stars hit beach for special exhibition

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The V-League players got out of the gym and hit the sand this past weekend. The Japan Volleyball Association and Japan Volleyball League Organization hosted a four-on-four men’s beach volleyball event called the V-League Summer Festival featuring players from Japan’s top circuit in Tokyo ...

Dec 12, 2014

Volleyball player arrested for cash theft at Tokyo pachinko

Police have arrested a Japan national team volleyball player on suspicion of stealing money from a wallet at a pachinko pinball parlor in Tokyo, police said Friday. Kongo Oh, 30, a member of Toray Industries Inc.’s men’s volleyball team, admitted to the charges, police ...

U.S. downs China for first women's volleyball world title

Oct 13, 2014

U.S. downs China for first women's volleyball world title

Player of the tournament Kimberly Hill scored the point that sealed a historic first women’s world volleyball title for the United States on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over China. The U.S. women easily took the first two sets, but allowed two-time champion China ...

Brazil denies Japan World Grand Prix title

Aug 24, 2014

Brazil denies Japan World Grand Prix title

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Brazil retained its title with a three-set (25-15, 25-18, 27-25) victory over Japan on the final day of play in the FIVB World Grand Prix Finals at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday night. Brazil, which won its record 10th World Grand Prix title, was sparked ...