Japan Beats Korea In Straight Sets For Women's Volleyball Bronze

Japan defeated Korea in straight sets to win the women's volleyball bronze medal match Saturday at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Japan was swept by Brazil in the semifinals, but will be able to head home with a piece of hardware as consolation.

Korea did not go down without a fight, however. Japan led 6-1 in the first set, but Korea came back and eventually forced the set to 21-21. Japan pulled away to take the set, 25-22, however. In the second set, Korea went down 8-1, but again came back to tie at 24-24. Japan took back two straight points to win the set 26-24, then won the third set, 25-21, to lock up the bronze medal.

The gold medal match between the United States and Brazil is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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