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Japan spikers lose again

Olympics / Summer Olympics / Volleyball Aug 13, 2016

Japan spikers lose again

The Japan women's volleyball team suffered a third defeat in four matches at the Rio Olympics on Friday, this time losing 3-0 to Russia and putting its bid for a place in the quarterfinals in jeopardy. Russia plowed through its opponent, dominating the first (25-14) ...

More Sports / Volleyball Feb 5, 2014

Sato fired as men's volleyball coach

Gary Sato, the Japan men's volleyball coach, will be replaced after a year on the job, the Japan Volleyball Association announced Wednesday. The JVA is scheduled to announce a successor to the American at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday. Sato, the first foreign ...

Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze

Volleyball Aug 12, 2012

Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze

by Ed Odeven

One of the most appealing aspects of Olympic volleyball is the fast, furious pace of the matches. Japan vs. South Korea demonstrated these traits in the Olympic women's volleyball bronze-medal match Saturday at Earls Court. Coach Masayoshi Manabe's team was stronger, more consistent in all aspects ...

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 ...