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USA hoping to do the double

Bangkok, Thailand, July 5, 2005 Saturday will see a key rematch between USA and Japan after the world number three surprised their Asian opponents 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 29-27) in Week Two.

Another result like that and victories over winless Thailand and Poland will secure USA, who are currently in seventh with a 3-3 win-loss record, a final round spot.

Japan, who automatically qualify to the finals as hosts, will be looking to continue their scorching form, which has seen them win four out of six matches to date, including a 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-17) win over Poland in Week One.

The Europeans, who stand at 2-4, need nothing less than two victories to give them any hope of reaching the final round for the first time in their history.