Daisuke Yako and Tatsuya Fukuzawa were bright spots for Japan in the loss with 11 points apiece. The U.S. prevailed after a hard-fought first set that took them six set points 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.
U.S. take marathon first set, claim victory 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.