Japan come next for undefeated USA


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 15, 2016 - Japan and USA will face each other in the second quarterfinal of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Tuesday at the Maracanazinho.

The two teams will meet for the 55th time in a major international competition. So far the Americans have won 33 of their matches with Japan, while the Asian side was successful 21 times.

They have met at five different Olympic Games – Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008. Japan won the first three of these encounters and the United States – the remaining two.

The most recent meeting between Japan and USA took place in Long Beach, California earlier this year. In an FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2016 match on June 18, the home side mastered a 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-21) shutout.

To make the quarterfinals at Rio 2016, Japan finished fourth in Pool A with two wins, three losses and six points.

Japan’s best scorer at this tournament so far is Saori Kimura. With 51 points (including 7 aces), she is 21st in the overall competition chart.

USA won all of their five matches at Rio 2016 so far and finished on top of Pool B with 14 points, losing one only to the Netherlands.

Foluke Akindarewo has made 70 points for the US team and places ninth among the best scorers of the tournament. Her teammate Alisha Glass is leading the Best Setters chart at Rio after the pool stage of the tournament.


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