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U.S. ends Japan's hopes of medal

Japan was outclassed by the United States in a straight-sets defeat, seeing its quest for a second consecutive Olympic medal end in the quarterfinals of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Masayoshi Manabe’s squad, which finished in a tie for -fifth place, was trying to improve ...

South Korea rallies past Japan in opening match

Aug 7, 2016

South Korea rallies past Japan in opening match

South Korea threw a wrench into Japan’s plans for a second straight Olympic medal in women’s volleyball with a come-from-behind win in their opening match at the Rio Olympics on Saturday. Looking to improve on their bronze medal from the 2012 London Games, the ...

Feb 5, 2014

Sato fired as men's volleyball coach

Gary Sato, the Japan men’s volleyball coach, will be replaced after a year on the job, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Wednesday. The JVA is scheduled to announce a successor to the American at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Sato, the first ...

Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze

Aug 12, 2012

Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze

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One of the most appealing aspects of Olympic volleyball is the fast, furious pace of the matches. Japan vs. South Korea demonstrated these traits in the Olympic women’s volleyball bronze-medal match Saturday at Earls Court. Coach Masayoshi Manabe’s team was stronger, more consistent in ...

Japan outlasts China in thrilling five-setter

Aug 9, 2012

Japan outlasts China in thrilling five-setter

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Poise. Patience. Persistence. These were the three Ps — the keys — to victory for Japan in the London Olympics women’s volleyball quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon against China. And all those traits shone brightly for Japan, with every point a vital ingredient in its ...

Japan reaches women's volleyball semifinals

Aug 8, 2012

Japan reaches women's volleyball semifinals

Japan advanced to the Olympic women’s volleyball semifinals for the first time since 1988 with a five-set victory over China at the London Games on Tuesday. Japan saved two match points in the fifth set to win 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16 at Earls ...

Aug 7, 2012

Japan secures safe volleyball passage

Japan’s women completed their Group A volleyball matches at the London Olympics on a high note on Sunday with a three-set thrashing of host Britain at Earls Court. The 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 victory sent Japan into the quarterfinals as the third-place team from Group ...

Japan routs Dominicans; Kim powers S. Korea past Brazil

Aug 3, 2012

Japan routs Dominicans; Kim powers S. Korea past Brazil

Japan’s women improved to 2-1 on Wednesday when they defeated the Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 in their Group A volleyball match at the London Olympics. Japan was paced by veterans Yukiko Ebata, who scored 14 points, and Saori Kimura, who tallied 13. “We ...

Aug 2, 2012

Japan beats Dominican Republic in Olympic volleyball

Japan’s women improved to 2-1 on Wednesday when they defeated the Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 in their Group A volleyball match at the London Olympics. Japan was led by Yukiko Ebata, who scored 14 points, and Saori Kimura, who tallied 13. Bethania de ...

Japan spikers fall to Italy; Kim leads S. Korea past Serbia

Aug 1, 2012

Japan spikers fall to Italy; Kim leads S. Korea past Serbia

Japan’s women’s volleyball team fell in four sets to Italy for their first loss on Monday in the Olympic tournament. Japan, seeking its first medal since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, suffered a 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22 defeat, dropping to 1-1 with three ...

Japan begins Olympic volleyball tournament with victory

Jul 29, 2012

Japan begins Olympic volleyball tournament with victory

Japan’s women opened the Olympic volleyball tournament with a straight-sets victory over Algeria in Group A on Saturday. Japan’s women, seeking their first medal since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, defeated Algeria 25-15, 25-14, 25-7 at Earls Court in a 9:30 a.m. start. ...