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Japan drops second game at Women's World Cup

Sep 2, 2015

Japan drops second game at Women's World Cup

Japan’s women lost their second game at the FIVB World Cup on Tuesday after going down 3-2 to Serbia, dropping to fifth in the standings. Japan edged the first set 26-24 on Miyu Nagaoka’s spike and Saori Kimura’s service ace against Serbs, but lost ...

Japan spikers in control against South Korea

Aug 31, 2015

Japan spikers in control against South Korea

Japan defeated South Korea in straight sets to move up to second place at the FIVB Women’s World Cup on Monday. Japan took the first set 25-17 behind the strength of Miyu Nagaoka and Sarina Koga, who each scored 15 points for the match. ...

Japan downs Peru at Women's World Cup

Aug 30, 2015

Japan downs Peru at Women's World Cup

Japan’s women beat Peru in straight sets for their fifth win in six games, kicking off the second round of the FIVB World Cup on Sunday. The 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 win at Sendai Gymnasium saw Japan stay in third place on 15 points. Saori ...

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 ...