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Battle for survival in match between Australia and Japan

 
Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2016 - Two AVC sides with 1-3 win-loss record each, Australia and Japan, will meet on the fifth competition day at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Olympic Qualification Tournament in a battle for a last chance at a Rio ticket.

Head-to-head
• These teams have met at the three previous World Olympic Qualification tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012).
• Japan have won the last two matches in this tournament in 2008 and 2012, both in straight sets.
• In 2004, Australia won 3-2 after losing the first set by 25-21. 
• These teams have met twice in 2015 - Australia won 3-1 in the second round of the Asian Championship, Japan won 3-1 at the World Cup.

Australia
• Australia won five of their seven matches at the 2012 World Olympic Qualification tournament. They lost the other two, including a 3-0 defeat against Japan.
• Australia have won at least two matches at each World Olympic Qualification tournament since losing all three matches in 1996.
• Paul Carroll scored a match-high 34 points in Australia's 3-1 loss versus France.

Japan
• Japan have lost their last three matches, since beating Venezuela (3-1) in the first matchround of this World Olympic Qualification tournament.
• Japan could miss out on the tickets for Rio after having participated eight times at the Olympic Games - and won gold in 1972, silver in 1968 and bronze in 1964. 
• Yuki Ishikawa (68) and Kunihiro Shimizu (67) lead Japan in points scored at the 2016 World Olympic Qualification tournament.

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