FIVB Men’s World Cup 2015 – Day 1

·         Opening Day of 13th FIVB Men’s World Cup in Japan.

·         12 teams in full round robin tournament over 11 match days.

·         Top two qualify to Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

·         Today’s results: CAN v ITA 1-3, ARG v IRI 3-1, USA v AUS 3-0, RUS v VEN 3-0, POL v TUN 3-0, JPN v EGY 3-2.

Though we’re only one day into the tournament, there’s been no lack of drama -not least Argentina’s win over Iran this morning and later in the dayJapan’s five-set scarein the hands of Egypt.There’s plenty more of that tomorrow, so be sure to join us again.

Authorities have advised more than 120,000 people to evacuate their homes in the Hamamatsu areas that are most susceptible to flooding.But the weather conditions in Site B of the 2015 Men’s World Cup (Argentina, Iran, Poland, Russia, Tunisia and Venezuela) have not so far affected the competition or its participants.

It’s been raining heavily in this city of central Japan all day and more rain is expected tomorrow, as Tropical Storm Etau has been upgraded to a Typhoon and is barrelling towards the Japanese mainland.Typhoon Etau is expected to make landfall tomorrow, bringing total rainfall up to 300mm in some areas.A Flood Warning by the Japan Meteorological remains in effect.Winds may reach gusts of up to 68 knots (126 km/h).

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have advised of flight cancellations and delays at Nagoya’s Chebu International and other regional airports.

Hiroshima, which is hosting Site A of the World Cup (Australia, Canada, Egypt, Italy, Japan and USA) is not expected to be affected much by the Typhoon.The city is further south on the main island of Honshu, facing the Inland Sea and not exposed to the Pacific Ocean, where Etau continues to build up.Shikoku Island stands guard in the ocean protecting Hiroshima from weather coming in from the Pacific.

In other scoring skills individual stats, Russia’s Dmitriy Ilinykh has 9 kills in 11 swings for for 81.81% in attacking; Argentina’s Sebastian Sole got 8 stuffs for an average of 2.00 per set in blocking; and Egypt’s Ahmed Abdelhay served 5 aces for an average of 1.00 per set (tied with Russia’s Maxim Mikhaylov and USA’s Aaron Russell, though the last two got 3 aces in 3 sets).

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