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Saori Kimura, who had announced her retirement at the end of the season, played her last competitive volleyball game Sunday, but Japan’s women’s captain at the Rio Olympics could not rescue her side Toray Arrows from a 3-1 defeat to NEC Red Rockets in a V. Premier League playoff match.

The 30-year-old, who made her first Olympic appearance in 2004 in Athens as a high school student, appeared in four straight Olympics including the 2012 London Games where the team won the bronze medal.

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