China takes World League revenge

OSAKA (Kyodo) Cui Jianjun scored a game-high 23 points to help China beat Japan in four sets Sunday in their final preliminary round match of the men’s volleyball World League.

China troubled the Japan defense with a series of swift combination attacks en route to a 25-20, 25-21, 27-29, 25-23 win in a meeting between teams drawn together in the first round of the Beijing Olympic tournament.

The result at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium saw China finish second in Group D with a 6-6 record while Japan settled for third at 5-7. Poland won the group at 9-3 and Egypt was at the bottom at 4-8.

The final round of the World League will be held in Rio de Janeiro on July 23-27 featuring six teams. Japan has been given a place in the final round as a wild card.