Japan thrashes Kenya at worlds

Kyodo News

Saori Kimura scored a match-high 13 points as Japan cruised to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-10 victory over Kenya for its second straight win in the first round of the women’s volleyball world championship Friday.

Japan took control from the outset and wrapped up the second set with nine consecutive points before carrying the momentum into the third to improve its record to 2-1 in Pool A. Miyuki Takahashi and Chinese-born Shuka Oyama followed Kimura with 12 points each at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.

“It’s great we haven’t dropped a set (since we lost to Taiwan on the opening day),” Japanese head coach Shoichi Yanagimoto said. “In the third set, I brought (Sachiko) Sugiyama on to give the team more offensive options.”