US plays Japan as part of first USA Volleyball Cup

The U.S. Women's Olympic team finished with the silver medal in London, losing to Brazil.
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The U.S. women's national volleyball team will host Japan in three matches this summer in the inaugural USA Volleyball Cup, a new effort to bring elite volleyball to the United States.

The matches will be played at UC San Diego on July 10, at Long Beach State on July 12 and at Junipero Serra High School in San Juan Capistrano on July 13. It is hoped that the event will grow into a series of future matches that include the U.S. men's national team and venues outside of Southern California.

The U.S. is ranked No. 1 in the world by the FIVB, the international federation that oversees the sport, and Japan is ranked No. 3. The two teams have met 211 times since 1983, the most of any U.S. opponent.

The U.S. women won the silver medal in the London Olympics last summer, while Japan won the bronze.

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