• Kyodo


The Japan’s women volleyball team suffered its first loss in the preliminary round at the FIVB World Grand Prix after being whipped in straight sets by host and reigning Olympic champion Brazil on Friday.

Thaisa Menezes scored a match-high 19 points as the Brazilians won 25-20, 25-23, 25-15 to improve to 2-0. Japan, which beat Serbia on Thursday, dropped to 1-1.

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