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Japan outlasts China in thrilling five-setter

Volleyball Aug 9, 2012

Japan outlasts China in thrilling five-setter

by Ed Odeven

Poise. Patience. Persistence. These were the three Ps — the keys — to victory for Japan in the London Olympics women's volleyball quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon against China. And all those traits shone brightly for Japan, with every point a vital ingredient in its recipe for ...

Japan reaches women's volleyball semifinals

Volleyball Aug 8, 2012

Japan reaches women's volleyball semifinals

Japan advanced to the Olympic women's volleyball semifinals for the first time since 1988 with a five-set victory over China at the London Games on Tuesday. Japan saved two match points in the fifth set to win 28-26, 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16 at Earls Court, ...

Olympics / Volleyball Aug 7, 2012

Japan secures safe volleyball passage

Japan's women completed their Group A volleyball matches at the London Olympics on a high note on Sunday with a three-set thrashing of host Britain at Earls Court. The 25-19, 25-14, 25-12 victory sent Japan into the quarterfinals as the third-place team from Group A ...

Japan routs Dominicans; Kim powers S. Korea past Brazil

Volleyball Aug 3, 2012

Japan routs Dominicans; Kim powers S. Korea past Brazil

Japan's women improved to 2-1 on Wednesday when they defeated the Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 in their Group A volleyball match at the London Olympics. Japan was paced by veterans Yukiko Ebata, who scored 14 points, and Saori Kimura, who tallied 13. "We played Japanese-style ...

Volleyball Aug 2, 2012

Japan beats Dominican Republic in Olympic volleyball

Japan's women improved to 2-1 on Wednesday when they defeated the Dominican Republic 25-20, 25-19, 25-23 in their Group A volleyball match at the London Olympics. Japan was led by Yukiko Ebata, who scored 14 points, and Saori Kimura, who tallied 13. Bethania de la ...

Japan spikers fall to Italy; Kim leads S. Korea past Serbia

Volleyball Aug 1, 2012

Japan spikers fall to Italy; Kim leads S. Korea past Serbia

Japan's women's volleyball team fell in four sets to Italy for their first loss on Monday in the Olympic tournament. Japan, seeking its first medal since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, suffered a 25-22, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22 defeat, dropping to 1-1 with three points ...

Japan begins Olympic volleyball tournament with victory

Volleyball Jul 29, 2012

Japan begins Olympic volleyball tournament with victory

Japan's women opened the Olympic volleyball tournament with a straight-sets victory over Algeria in Group A on Saturday. Japan's women, seeking their first medal since the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, defeated Algeria 25-15, 25-14, 25-7 at Earls Court in a 9:30 a.m. start. In ...

Volleyball Jun 26, 2012

Kurihara left off volleyball squad

Two-time Olympic veterans Saori Kimura and Yoshie Takeshita were among 12 picked to the Japanese women's volleyball team for the London Games by coach Masayoshi Manabe on Monday. Star spiker Megumi Kurihara did not make the cut. "It was an extremely difficult selection, but I felt ...