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Can Japan do it this time?

Sendai, Japan, July 16, 2005 - After two hours and 16 minutes of incredible Volleyball, Brazil prevailed over Japan 3-2 (17-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 20-18) in their epic Preliminary Round match in Tokyo.

Nearly 12,000 fans were disappointed that day as defending champions Brazil fought back from two sets down to claim the honours in what was an amazing come back. Now the question remains, will Sendai City Gymnasium be rocking with applause due to a Japanese win this time?

For Japan's sake, they should hope so because another defeat here would leave them with a gigantic uphill battle for the remainder of the Final Round as it would mean Brazil will remain undefeated with two matches to play.