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Japan spikers open tournament with victory

May 29, 2016

Japan spikers open tournament with victory

Japan was forced to rally from a nervy start and a one-set deficit against Venezuela but got its Olympic qualification campaign off to a positive start on Saturday with a 3-1 win as the battle for Rio 2016 men’s volleyball places began in Tokyo. ...

May 22, 2016

Japan women's volleyball team to face hosts in Rio

Japan will face host Brazil, Russia, South Korea, Argentina and one other team in the group stage of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, an official of the international governing body (FIVB) told Kyodo News on Sunday. Based on the ...

Japan women's volleyball team books spot in Rio Olympics

May 21, 2016

Japan women's volleyball team books spot in Rio Olympics

Japan qualified for a record 12th Olympics after winning the necessary two sets against Italy in the women’s volleyball final qualifiers on Saturday. Japan captain Saori Kimura had her best game of the eight-team tournament with 31 point, though the hosts fell 23-25, 27-25, ...

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 ...