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Japan failed to capitalize on a two-set lead over powerhouse Brazil and lost 3-2 in a game between unbeaten teams in the preliminary round of the women’s volleyball World Grand Prix on Sunday.

Kaoru Sugayama led Japan with 20 points as the host took the first two sets 25-17, 25-17 before dropping the third and fourth sets 25-17, 25-21 and falling in the decisive fifth set 20-18 after missing a match point at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

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