Japan spikers get sixth straight win


London Olympic bronze medalist Japan downed host Poland in straight sets to extend its unbeaten streak to six at the Women’s Volleyball Grand Prix on Sunday.

Yukiko Ebata had a game-high 19 points and captain Saori Kimura led the attack with her strong serves, banging out 15. Risa Shinnabe followed with 13 as Japan won 25-19, 26-24, 25-15 in Pool H action at Orlen Arena.

“Even though we were playing away, we wanted to try to win six straight by any means necessary,” said coach Masayoshi Manabe. “Our serves were great; Kimura’s serves were especially effective today.”