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Raucous crowd helps fuel Brazilians in volleyball final

With Neymar in a courtside seat cheering his countrymen, Wallace pumped his arms and let out screams from deep in his lungs as Brazil fed off the energy in raucous Maracanazinho arena. Over and over again he celebrated each point that got his team closer to an Olympic title. Brazil’s ...

U.S. routs Poland, books semifinal with Italy

Aug 18, 2016

U.S. routs Poland, books semifinal with Italy

John Speraw ran along the sideline about as close as he could to actually being in the action, cheering Aaron Russell to make a save while crashing into the barrier some 6 meters behind the end line. “I was willing him to get that ...

U.S. ends Japan's hopes of medal

Aug 17, 2016

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 ...

Iranian fan allowed to hold sign at volleyball venue

Aug 16, 2016

Iranian fan allowed to hold sign at volleyball venue

Iranian sports fan and activist Darya Safai returned to the Olympic volleyball venue Monday repeating her message and hoping the whole world hears: “Let Iranian Women Enter Their Stadiums.” After discussions with about a half-dozen venue officials leading up to the Iran men’s team’s ...

U.S. spikers rout Mexico to make quarters

Aug 16, 2016

U.S. spikers rout Mexico to make quarters

Taylor Sander leaped high for timely blocks. He went low for a save at floor level to keep a winning point going. Then, he squatted way down to send another tough ball back over the net. At last, the U.S. men’s volleyball team is ...

Aug 16, 2016

Japan spikers advance to quarters with victory

Japan defeated Argentina 3-0 in its fifth and final game of the preliminary round Sunday to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics. Japan, the London Olympic bronze medal winner, came from behind to win the ...

Japan spikers lose again

Aug 13, 2016

Japan spikers lose again

The Japan women’s volleyball team suffered a third defeat in four matches at the Rio Olympics on Friday, this time losing 3-0 to Russia and putting its bid for a place in the quarterfinals in jeopardy. Russia plowed through its opponent, dominating the first ...

Japan loses to host Brazil in women's volleyball

Aug 11, 2016

Japan loses to host Brazil in women's volleyball

Japan was outplayed in straight sets by host Brazil in the preliminary round of Pool A in the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday. Natalia Pereira led the attack, scoring a team-high 16 points in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 victory over ...

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 ...