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Japan made short work of Canada and cruised to a straight-sets win on Saturday at the Men’s World Cup, a qualifying tournament for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Captain Kunihiro Shimizu was the top scorer in the match with 14 points, including a pair of blocks and 11 spikes, as Japan won 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 to improve its record to 3-1 and move up to fifth in the standings with eight points. Canada dropped to 1-3.

Akihiro Yamauchi added 13 points for Japan and teammate Yuki Ishikawa contributed 10.

Gavin Schmitt paced Canada with nine points, while Steven Marshall had seven.

In a match between unbeaten teams, the United States beat Italy 3-0 to stay perfect at 4-0 and tops the standings with 12 points. Last year’s world champion Poland defeated Iran 3-2 and has 11 points for second place.

Defending champion Russia, a 3-1 winner over Argentina, and Italy have 3-1 records.

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