2017 WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS CUP
- Women – September 5-9
- Men – September 12-16
- Nagoya and Osaka, Japan
- Women – Schedule/Results
- Men – Schedule/Results
- WATCH LIVE
Both Japan and Team USA have posted 2-1 record so far in the World Grand Champions Cup, with both losing to China, who remains unbeaten. The match between the two squads is a crucial battle for how each team will finish in the competition.
This will be the fifth meeting between the two teams at the tournament, with a 2-2 record so far. Their most recent encounter came at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where Team USA won in straight sets.
Japan fought to take down Brazil in their day three match in five sets. The win was their first five-set win at the Grand Champions Cup ever. The won over Team USA will set them equal to their best finish ever, as they won three in both 2001 and 2013. Yuki Ishii is the strong leader on the Japanese team, as she posted 19 points against the Brazilians in their win.
Team USA bounced back nicely from their day one loss against China, winning in three over Korea and in a tough five-setter over Russia. The offense for the Americans has been spread out fairly evenly throughout the event, with the team’s veterans often leading the way. Jordan Larson leads the way with 40 points while Kim Hill follows close behind with 37. Rachael Adams and Annie Drews each have added 35 points for Team USA in the competition as well.
You can watch the video streamed below on the FIVB YouTube page, or the matches will be aired on The Olympic Channel.
Editor’s note: Video not made available in the United States. If you are not in the United States, but an error in YouTube’s geolocation service is still blocking your access, you can use a program like TunnelBear to redirect to the proper country.