Canberra, Australia, July 14, 2017 – Japan are within touching distance of qualifying for next year’s FIVB Men’s Volleyball World Championship after posting their third consecutive 3-0 win at the Asian qualifiers on Friday.
The race for the two World Championship positions available is now down to three teams, with Chinese Taipei posting a 3-0 win over New Zealand on Friday afternoon to keep their hopes alive.
Australia had a rest day on Friday, and are also undefeated after consecutive 3-0 wins in their first two matches.
The winners of Saturday night’s match between Japan and Australia will qualify for one of the remaining places, while Chinese Taipei play a must-win 3-0 match against Thailand on Saturday afternoon to keep their hopes possible.
Japan, the reigning Asian champions, were impressive against Thailand following their scintillating 25-12, 25-18, 25-16, while New Zealand showed fight against Chinese Taipei but were still to win a set in Canberra, losing the Friday’s match 17-25, 21-25, 16-25.
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