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OLYMPIC GAMES W: Brazil and Japan reach clear wins, Koga carried off court in wheelchair

by WoV

Brazil established domination and beat South Korea in its debut at the women’s volleyball tournament in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Photo: en.volleyballworld.com

Faced with a rival that usually imposes a hard fight, Brazil established absolute domination and beat South Korea with ease. With authority and patience to overcome its worst moments, and there were very few of them, Zé Roberto’s squad began its journey in Tokyo with a victory in three sets in Pool A’s encounter. The first set was truly embarrassing for the Asian side given they trailed 5-20. Partially, it was 25-10, 25-22, and 25-19.

Fernanda Rodrigues ‘Fê Garay’ top-scored Brazil with 17 points. Kim Yeon-Koung tallied 12 points for Korea.

In another match within Pool A, Japan wrecked Kenya in straight sets. What might worry the host is the injury of its starting outside hitter Sarina Koga. After the contact with the rival player on the net in the third set, she fell, holding her leg. Koga was unable to stand up by herself and was held by the team staff before she was put in a wheelchair and carried off the court.

Ai Kurogo and Mayu Ishikawa tallied 13 points apiece for Japan, while Haruyo Shimamura set up 4 blocks. Sharon Chepchumba stood out for Kenya with 18 points.

2020 Tokyo Olympics, women’s volleyball tournament, group stage – Day 1:

ROC – Italy 0-3 (23-25, 19-25, 14-25)

USA – Argentina 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-20)

Serbia – Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-20)

China – Turkey 0-3 (21-25, 14-25, 14-25)

Japan – Kenya 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-23)

Brazil – South Korea 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-19)

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