Poland beats Japan to stay 1st at volleyball World Cup

TOKYO (AP) Poland rallied from one set down to beat Japan 24-26, 27-25, 25-21, 25-19 and maintain first place at the men’s volleyball World Cup on Tuesday.

Bartosz Kurek scored 18 points as world champions Poland improved to 10-0 for 29 points, two points ahead of the United States which improved to 9-1 with a 25-23, 26-24, 25-17 win over defending champion Russia.

Italy is in third place, one point behind the United States after a hard-fought 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 16-14 win over Argentina.

Two berths for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are available in the 12-nation tournament that runs to Sept. 23.

Poland will face Italy on the final day of competition while the U.S. takes on Argentina.