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Japan fell to a 1-1 record at the men’s Olympic volleyball qualification tournament on Sunday with errors, particularly on service, and China’s stout central blocking proving too much for the hosts, who went down in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-23).

Japan could not get any sort of foothold in the match, dropping each set in unfortunately similar fashion at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Despite scoring more points on attack (44 to 35), Japan’s 23 errors — and China’s 14 points off blocks — left the home fans little to cheer.

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