At Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium on Monday (7 May) a Soviet Women's Volleyball team defeated the Japanese Women's National Team by three sets to one.
At Tokyo's Metropolitan Gymnasium on Monday (7 May) a Soviet Women's Volleyball team defeated the Japanese Women's National Team by three sets to one. The match was the first in a three-match goodwill series currently being undertaken by the Soviet team.
The two teams knew each other well. At the Munich Olympics last year the teams met in the final. The Russians took the Gold and the Japanese the Silver. If the Japanese were looking for revenge, they were to be disappointed.
Starting aggressively, the Japanese took the first set 15-8, but that was all the Russians allowed them. The Soviet women took a hard-fought second set 17-15 and then won the third and fourth sets by the convincing margins of 15-11 and 15-12 respectively.
The Japanese team, with an average age of 22, contained five Munich participants, but they had the excuse of suffering form lack of team practice as they had been practising together for only four days.
The Soviet team, with an average age of 24, was the heavier of the two. And they were able to use their weight to good effect, by spiking strongly and deeply into their opponents half.