HIROSHIMA – Japan kept alive its hopes of gaining a spot in next year’s Olympics after a straight-sets victory over Argentina at the FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Cup on Thursday. Yu Koshikawa, Yusuke Ishijima and Kunihiro Shimizu combined to rack up nine points on their serves to set the pace for the host, which won 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 to even its record to 2-2 in the 12-team tournament, from which three teams qualify for the Beijing Olympics. Koshikawa also spearheaded the attack, matching a game high with a total of 15 points, at Hiroshima Green Arena as Japan needed just 76 minutes to hand the Argentines their second defeat. Russia maintained its unbeaten record with its fourth win after a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 rout of winless South Korea, while world champion Brazil beat Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 to notch its third win. Australia also improved to 3-1 with a 25-22, 35-37, 26-24, 25-22 victory against Tunisia (1-3). Spain (2-2) downed Egypt (0-4) 25-19, 25-21, 25-19.
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