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U.S. take marathon first set, claim victory over Japan


US triple block (Stanley-Holmes-Anderson) attempts to stop Tatsuya Fukuzawa along the way to a 3-0 win over Japan

 Fukuoka, Japan, November 29, 2011 – The United States posted a straight-sets victory (39-37, 25-16, 25-15) over Japan on the third day of third-round action in the 2011 FIVB Men's World Cup at Marine Messe on Tuesday. 
The win made the U.S. record 4-4 for the tournament, while Japan slid to 2-6.

Matthew Anderson (19 points) and Clayton Stanley (14 points) starred in the triumph for the U.S. Anderson was named the Most Impressive Player of the match. Daisuke Yako and Tatsuya Fukuzawa were bright spots for Japan with 11 points apiece. The U.S. prevailed after a hard-fought first set that took them 11 setpoints to clinch. The Americans blocked well in the final set to secure the win. Japan came in with a two-match winning streak, after losing their first five of the tournament. The Japanese appeared to lose energy after the lengthy first set.

Japan claimed a 5-3 lead in the opening set when Matthew Anderson served into the net. The U.S. tied it 6-6 on a Japan infraction and Anderson's spike moved the U.S. ahead 7-6. Another Anderson spike gave the U.S. an 8-7 lead at the first TTO. Japan took back the lead 10-9 on a spike by Fukuzawa. The U.S. evened it 11-11 on another Anderson spike. Yako's spike made it 13-11 for Japan. Evan Patak served into the net to give Japan a 15-12 lead and a Shimizu spike sent Japan into the second TTO on top 16-12. Ryan Millar's spike made it 17-14. Anderson made a nice dink for 18-15. Anderson's service ace brought the U.S. within two points at 20-18 and Japan called a time-out. A soaring spike by Fukuzawa made it 22-20. Yako's service error made it 23-22 and the U.S. tied it on a Stanley block. William Priddy's spike earned the U.S. setpoint at 24-23. Japan tied it with a spike and then took the lead 25-24 on a spike by Kota Yamamura. The U.S. battled back to tie it on a spike by Millar and Anderson's spike again gave them the first of six straight setpoints. After failing to clinch those, Japan had three of their own, but the scores were level again at 37-37, when two serves turned the match the Americans’ way. Yako served into the net and finally took the set 39-37 on a service ace by Priddy. Anderson had 13 points in the set, while Yako tallied nine.

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The U.S. jumped to a 5-0 lead at the outset of the second set. Japan finally scored on a Fukuzawa spike. A Stanley block made it 7-1 for the U.S. and they led 8-1 at the first TTO on a spike by Holmes. Abe's spike pulled Japan within three points at 13-10, before Millar spiked for 15-9 and then blocked to give the U.S. a 16-10 advantage at the second TTO. With the U.S. leading 18-10, Japan took a timeout. A block by Holmes made the count 23-16 and Priddy followed with a spike for setpoint. The U.S. took the set 25-16 on a service ace by Anderson.

Japan moved out to a 5-3 lead in third set, but the U.S. moved in front 6-5 on a block. With the U.S. up 7-5, Japan called a timeout. The U.S. led 8-5 at the first TTO after Matsumoto made a service error. Three consecutive blocks put the U.S. six points in front at 12-6 and the U.S. led 16-8 at the second TTO. A service ace by Millar made it 19-8 and Holmes spiked to give the U.S. a 12-point margin at 21-9, after which the outcome was all but academic. Another Holmes spike gave the Americans matchpoint at 24-13 and they closed it out 25-15 on an Evan Patak spike. 


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