Fri, 17 Sep 2021

TOKYO, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Championship favorites Brazil and Poland have booked their quarterfinals ticket from the fourth round of Tokyo 2020 men's volleyball preliminaries.

Friday's match saw the Rio Olympics champion found back its form to overcome the United States 3-1 (30-32, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20).

The fourth round's result also promised an early ticket for Brazil, already collected three wins and eight points, to advance into the quarterfinals.

Both scored over 20 points, Matthew Anderson and Torey combined for 43 but still not enough to stop Brazil. Yoandy Leal donated the winner's highest 18 points.

"We need to do a better job executing the game plan and taking advantage of opportunities, which we had even in the fourth set," said John Speraw, the USA team's head coach, when commenting his side's inconsistencies in the final three sets.

Due to this loss, the United States failed to secure its quarterfinals seat in this round.

"The Olympics is not very forgiving. We beat France convincingly in our opening match and in the blink of an eye we lose two and now our backs are against the wall," commented by John Speraw.

His team is going into the final preliminary round match Sunday against Argentina, who survived in Friday's five-set thriller against Tunisia.

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team lost 1-3 to France but has no problem to advance.

Poland became Pool A's first side to confirm its quarterfinals ticket after beating Japan 25-22, 25-21, 26-24.

Poland's Wilfredo Leon scored the game-high 17 points, Japan's Ishikawa Yuki donated his team's best 16.

"Poland had better position throughout the match and we didn't overcome it. Iran will be the key match of the Olympics for us and we are planning on our best performance," said Ishikawa Yuki.

The host side now has two wins, six points from four rounds in preliminaries and is going to play Iran, who also owns two victories but one point behind.

In Pool A's other matches, Italy won Iran 3-1, statistically marching into the quarterfinals. Venezuela has confirmed to be ousted due to its 0-3 loss to Canada.

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