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Women s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Japan beat Kenya 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-14) - duration 1:09
22-Aug, start time: 11:00, end time: 12:09 - Attendance: 2'800
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Quarterfinal spot beckons for Japan
Japan moved to fourth spot in Pool A after a comfortable straight sets win over Kenya and depending on Greece's result against Italy they are likely to qualify as the fourth quarterfinalist.

If Italy confirm their status as the heavy favorite against Greece, then Japan will secure a spot in the quarterfinals.

Japan started the first set with a nine-point-streak, 9-0. Kana OYAMA and Sachiko SUGIYAMA were unstoppable as the Japanese team outclassed Kenya in just 18 minutes.

The second set followed a similar pattern. Kenya was clearly unable to resist against the Japanese attack who showed plenty of variety. Kenyan star Violet BARASA suffered with her efficiency (two out of 14 spikes in total) so there was no surprise to see Japan easily wrap up the second set.

Up 2-0 there was not much work left for Japan. The third set found the Japanese celebrating another easy win, this time 25-14.

Five players from Japan reached double figures: OYAMA had 13, SUGIYAMA 12, Megumi KURIHARA 11, Miyuki TAKAHASHI 11, and Tomoko YOSHIHARA 10 points. Gladys NASIKANDA was Kenya's highest scorer with 8 points.

Kenya finished the tournament at the bottom of Pool A without having won a single set.

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