• Kyodo, Fivb.Com


The Japan’s women’s volleyball team suffered a fourth defeat in World Grand Prix preliminary action on Friday, going down in four sets to Germany in Pool I.

Coming off a defeat to Thailand last Sunday in Aichi Prefecture, the Japanese were left with an uphill task after losing the first two sets and the Germans went on to register a comfortable 25-22, 25-12, 17-25, 25-16 win at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium.

Saori Sakoda nailed a match-high 26 points, but it was in vain as Japan dropped to 3-4. German, led by Corina Ssuschke-Voigt with 23 points, improved to 4-3.

Japan coach Masayosi Manabe said, “As my players said, (the Germans’) serve was excellent and gave us lots of problems. Their block was high and tough to get past. That was the main reason that we couldn’t win.”

Added Japan captain Erika Araki: “In today’s game, Germany’s serve was especially difficult. We made many mistakes in the game. We had to play simply, but it just didn’t go well. For myself, I didn’t perform well. I’ll try to address some problems and play better tomorrow.”

Earlier, Turkey scored a sixth win in beating South Korea (1-6) 25-18, 28-26, 20-25, 25-13.

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