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Venezuela beat Japan 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) - duration 1:19
19-Jun, start time: 14:07, end time: 15:26 - Attendance: 2'300
City: Tokyo; Hall : Yoyogi National Stadium
Venezuela completes clean sweep of Japan
Tokyo, Japan, June 19, 2005: Venezuela completed a weekend sweep of Japan in Pool A of the World League with a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-21, 25-21) at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday. Venezuela had also beaten Japan in straight sets on Saturday.
The South Americans improved their win-loss record to 4-4 after eight of their 12 games, but Japan dropped to 0-8 and is the only team among the 12 competing nations not to have won a match in the US$13.4 million FIVB tournament.
Japan's captain, Masaji Ogino, led all scorers with 12 points, including 10 kills, while four Venezuela players recorded double figures in a true team effort.
Venezuela started strongly and could always find a big winner to keep Japan at bay.
This was particularly evident midway through the first set, when first Fredy Cedeno and then Ivan Marquez took it in turns to blast their way through Japan's defence for a couple of ferocious winners, forcing Japan to call a timeout trailing 13-10.
Worse was to come for Japan when ace Marcos Sugiyama went off with a right elbow injury with his team behind 15-10.
Venezuela, thanks to some agile play from Carlos Luna, won the first set 25-21 on their second set point with a soaring spike on the left side from the powerful Luis Diaz.
The home fans in the famous old gymnasium tried hard to rally their team in the second set, and the players responded with some spirited attacks.
But Venezuela's blocking frustrated the Japanese, and the visitors held a comfortable five-point lead at 16-11 at the second technical timeout.
Sugiyama returned to the court for Japan with his team down 18-11, and his teammates responded with five straight points before Luna appeared on the left again to restore normal service.
On their second set point, Cedeno flicked a delicate winner into the front court, giving Venezuela the set 25-21.
Venezuela did not ease up in the third set, and the gymnasium was quiet for long spells as the formalities of victory were completed.