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 ...

Italy beats Japan in straight sets at World Cup

Sep 13, 2015

Italy beats Japan in straight sets at World Cup

Japan suffered a straight-sets defeat against Italy in the Men’s Volleyball World Cup on Sunday, slipping to its second loss in the tournament, which also doubles as a qualifier for next summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Ivan Zaytsev led the charge for world No. ...

Japan spikers outplay Canada

Sep 12, 2015

Japan spikers outplay Canada

Japan made short work of Canada and cruised to a straight-sets win on Saturday at the Men’s World Cup, a qualifying tournament for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Captain Kunihiro Shimizu was the top scorer in the match with 14 points, including a ...

Shimizu guides Japan past Australia

Sep 10, 2015

Shimizu guides Japan past Australia

Captain Kunihiro Shimizu scored a game-high 22 points and Japan defeated winless Australia 3-1 at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Thursday night. Yuki Ishikawa and Masahiro Yanagida had 19 points each and Yoshifumi Suzuki chipped in with 12 at Hiroshima Green Arena as ...

U.S. spikers outplay Japan in FIVB Men's World Cup

Sep 9, 2015

U.S. spikers outplay Japan in FIVB Men's World Cup

Japan suffered its first defeat at the FIVB Men’s World Cup on Wednesday night, going down in four sets to the United States. Matthew Anderson had a game high 20 points for the Americans, who produced a fairly dominant display to win 25-23, 21-25, ...

U.S. volleyball squad storms past Japan

Sep 5, 2015

U.S. volleyball squad storms past Japan

Japan’s women lost its FIVB Women’s World Cup match against the United States on Saturday, leaving the host nation out of the running for one of the two Olympic berths on offer. Japan’s four-set loss (20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-10) left it with a 7-3 ...

Russia takes top spot after victory over U.S.

Sep 4, 2015

Russia takes top spot after victory over U.S.

Russia moved into first place at the FIVB Women’s World Cup by beating the United States 25-17, 31-29, 25-23 Friday. Tatiana Kosheleva had a team-high 16 points while Yana Shcherban contributed 14 as Russia improved to 8-1. The United States dropped to 7-2. China ...

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 ...