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Nanbu takes control of men's national volleyball team

by Kaz Nagatsuka

A day after the stunning news of Gary Sato’s dismissal, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Thursday that Masashi Nanbu would replace the American as the men’s national team head coach. Nanbu, who currently serves as head coach of the Panasonic Panthers of the V Premier League, will immediately take the ...

Russia spikers dominate Japan in FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup

Nov 20, 2013

Russia spikers dominate Japan in FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup

Coming off a disappointing loss against the Italians on the opening day of the 2013 FIVB Men’s Grand Champions Cup, Russia looked for a better effort against host Japan. Historically, Russia has dominated head-to-head volleyball competition with Japan, winning 56 of 66 total contests. ...

U.S. prevails over Japan in FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. prevails over Japan in FIVB Men's Grand Champions Cup

A strong U.S. men’s volleyball squad squad ran into a speed bump in the third set, but managed to defeat Japan, winning 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 21-25, 25-20) in the teams’ FIVB Men’s Grand Champions Cup opener on Tuesday. Leading the victorious USA in scoring ...

Japan spikers triumph over Thailand

Nov 15, 2013

Japan spikers triumph over Thailand

Japan defeated Thailand 3-0 (25-20, 29-27, 25-22) in a thrilling evening match on the third day of the FIVB Women’s Grand Champions Cup at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Friday. The hosts raised their record to 2-1 with six points while the Thais dropped to ...

Aug 28, 2013

Japan cruises past Italy in World Grand Prix finals opener

Japan defeated Italy in straight sets on Wednesday in their opening match at the World Grand Prix finals. Japan, which won the bronze medal last summer at the London Olympics, beat Italy 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center with Yukiko Ebata top-scoring ...