U.S. Men's Volleyball Heads Into Final Stretch Of World Cup With Win Over Japan

Brian Thornton

Irvine, Calif. -- The U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team evened its FIVB World Cup record to 4-4 on Tuesday with a sweep of host Japan, 39-37, 25-16, 25-15 in Fukuoka before a nearly full house of 5,200 at the stadium known as Marine Messe.

With the victory, the U.S. Men, ranked fourth in the world, remained in seventh place in the World Cup standings, just behind Iran.

 The U.S. Men will travel to Tokyo to play their final three matches on Dec. 2-4 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.  

The FIVB World Cup uses a round-robin format resulting in 11 matches over a 15-day period. The three teams reaching the World Cup medal podium on Dec. 4 will earn berths into the 2012 Olympic Games. For the full FIVB World Cup schedule and tournament details, visit the U.S. Men's tournament event page at http://usavolleyball.org/events/5557.

The U.S. Men led Japan in attacks, 50-40, in blocks, 14-6 and in aces 5-1.

Setter Brian Thornton, a UCI All-American, scored three points on one kill, one block and one ace. Thornton was credited with 30 assists and set the U.S. Men to a 57.5 kill percent and a .460 hitting efficiency (50-10-87).

USA Volleyball website.