Japan women spikers book spot in FIVB World Championships

first_imgThailand also improved to 3-0 with a straight-sets win over Vietnam to join Japan in next year’s championships.Earlier in the day, Japan’s men’s team defeated New Zealand in straight sets to improve to 2-0. Japan, FIVB, Masayoshi Manabe IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KOMAKI, AICHI PREF. – The Japan women volleyball’s team secured its spot in next year’s FIVB Women’s World Championships in Italy with a win over Australia on Saturday in Asian qualifying.Japan, which won the bronze medal in last year’s London Olympics and is ranked third in the world, defeated the 103rd-ranked Australians in straight sets at Park Arena Komaki. The win lifted coach Masayoshi Manabe’s team to 3-0. RELATED PHOTOScenter_img Strong return: Japan’s Yuki Ishii spikes the ball against Australia in an Asian qualifying match for the 2014 FIVB World Championships at Park Arena Komaki on Saturday. Japan beat Australia in straight sets. | KYODO KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more