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Ex-coach Sato: Japan in safe hands

May 19, 2016

Ex-coach Sato: Japan in safe hands

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Former head coach for the Japan men’s national volleyball team Gary Sato was thrilled to see his old team as he took in one of the two games that made up an exhibition series between Japan and the United States in Southern California on ...

Japan edges Thailand in volleyball cliffhanger

May 19, 2016

Japan edges Thailand in volleyball cliffhanger

Japan erased a six-point deficit in the fifth set for a 3-2 (20-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 15-13) come-from-behind victory over resilient Thailand in the women’s Olympic final volleyball qualifying on Wednesday. In a thriller that lasted almost three hours, Japan was down 12-6 in ...

South Korea whips Japan in Olympic qualifier

May 17, 2016

South Korea whips Japan in Olympic qualifier

Japan suffered its first loss of the women’s Olympic volleyball final qualifiers in a 3-1 (28-26, 25-17, 17-25, 25-19) defeat to archrival South Korea on Tuesday. South Korea captain and London Olympic MVP Kim Yeon-koung blasted her way to a game-high 24 points, Kim ...

Japan cruises past Kazakhstan in Rio qualifiers

May 15, 2016

Japan cruises past Kazakhstan in Rio qualifiers

Japan won in straight sets for the second successive night on Sunday, beating Kazakhstan to lead the women’s Olympic final qualifying for Rio de Janeiro. Ahead of Tuesday’s showdown with South Korea, Japan produced a 25-14, 25-15, 25-11 victory without facing much of a ...

Japan begins final Rio qualifier with win over Peru

May 14, 2016

Japan begins final Rio qualifier with win over Peru

Japan launched its final qualifying campaign for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a straight sets victory over Peru on Saturday. Japan, bronze medalist in London four years ago, overcame a close first set to win 25-23, 25-10, 25-14 against world No. 21 Peru. ...

Kiraly to coach U.S. women through 2020 Games

May 6, 2016

Kiraly to coach U.S. women through 2020 Games

In his short time running the women’s national team, coach Karch Kiraly has established a close-knit, family culture among his players off the court that has led to hard-nosed, successful volleyball on it. A gold medal-winning combination? To be determined. The top-ranked Americans are ...

Sep 24, 2015

U.S. beats Argentina to win FIVB Men's World Cup

The United States won its first men’s volleyball World Cup in 30 years on Wednesday with a 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20 win over Argentina. Maxwell Holt scored 18 points as the U.S. team won the event for the first time since 1985 and secured ...

Poland improves to 10-0 at FIVB World Cup

Sep 22, 2015

Poland improves to 10-0 at FIVB World Cup

Reigning world champion Poland came from a set down to see off host nation Japan and close in on the title at the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Cup on Tuesday. Michal Kubiak played a pivotal role in pulling Poland back into the game and ...

Iran stages spirited comeback to triumph over Japan

Sep 18, 2015

Iran stages spirited comeback to triumph over Japan

Iran came from behind to beat Japan in full sets on Friday to hand the host nation its third defeat at the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Cup, a qualifying competition for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Japan won the first two sets but ...

Japan volleyball squad holds off Venezuela

Sep 17, 2015

Japan volleyball squad holds off Venezuela

Japan defeated Venezuela in straight sets to improve its record to 5-2 at the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Cup on Thursday. Captain Kunihiro Shimizu had a team-best 18 points as the host nation cruised to a 33-31, 26-24, 25-19 victory in Osaka to improve ...