PRESS RELEASE 29.04.2004


Japan suffer series loss

Osaka, Japan, April 29, 2004 - Japan were dealt a 3-1 series defeat by the USA in Osaka on Thursday, losing the final game of the four-match tour by three sets to one. Japan had led the series having beaten the USA in the teams' first encounter on April 24, yet the visitors displayed plenty of character as they fought back to win three-in-a-row.

One of the stars of Team USA during Thursday's encounter was Clay Stanley who scored a team-high 20 points. Stanley had 19 kills and one service ace in the 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 28-26 victory.

Stanley, the son of Volleyball Hall of Fame inductee and 1968 Olympian Jon Stanley, was the leading scorer for the United States in the four matches with 63 points on 56 kills, two aces and five blocks.

Takahiro Yamamoto was the highest scoring Japanese player on Thursday managing 22 points and two aces.

Japan must now recover from the series loss and focus on qualifying for the Olympics next month when the team will play host to the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tokyo from May 22-30.

The next competition for the United States will not be until it begins its pre-Olympic journey to the 2004 Summer Games by playing eight matches in Texas in June and July.