Full house expected for another edition of classic Asian derby


Tokyo, Japan, May 15, 2016 - Korea and Japan have two wins each from their last four FIVB Volleyball Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament encounters. One of them will take the edge in this classic Asian derby on Tuesday, when they meet again in front of a sell-out crowd in Tokyo.

• Korea and Japan have met at each of the last four World Olympic Qualification tournaments.
• Korea won in 2000 (3-1) and in 2012 (3-1), while Japan grabbed the wins in-between, a 3-0 win in 2004 and a 3-1 win in 2008.
• These teams have met nine times at the Olympic Games. Korea won twice (1996, 2004) while Japan won the other seven, including the bronze medal match of 2012 and the semifinals of 1972 and 1976.
• Their most recent meeting came at the 2015 World Cup. Japan won in straight sets.

• Korea started the World Olympic Qualification tournament with a loss (Italy 3-1) and a win (Netherlands 3-0).
• They had 11 service aces against zero for the Netherlands in their 3-0 win. 
• In 2012, they also started the World Olympic Qualification tournament with a win and a loss. They finished second and qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
• Kim Yeon-Koung has scored a tournament high 50 points (44 spikes, 1 block, 5 serves), joint-most with Lonneke Sloetjes (NED). 
• Yang Hyo-Jin has a tournament high seven blocks.

• Japan won both matches at the World Olympic Qualification tournament. They defeated both Peru and Kazakhstan in straight sets.
• Japan is the only team without losing a set so far in the tournament.
• Four years ago, Japan won their first three matches. They finished fourth, but still qualified as the best Asian side outside the top three.
• Erika Araki has the best block average per set, 1.00, joint-highest with Yang Hyo-Jin (KOR).
• Haruka Miyashita leads all players as setter with a 12.17 average per set.
• Arisa Sato is the best digger so far with 4.33 average per set.


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