FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 JPN / Japan

Team manager MIZUNO, Shuichi
Coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach KAWAKITA, Gen
2nd assistant coach SAITO, Kenji
Doctor FUJITA, Koji
Physiotherapist WAKAMIYA, Keiji
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Miyu Nagaoka Nagaoka 25.07.1991 179 64 308 303 Hisamitsu Springs
  2   Hitomi Nakamichi Nakamichi 18.09.1985 159 53 270 256 Toray Arrows
  C 3 Saori Kimura Saori 19.08.1986 185 65 304 293 Toray Arrows
  4   Kanako Hirai Hirai 15.04.1984 183 69 309 290 Hisamitsu Springs
  5 Yukino Nagamatsu Nagamatsu 07.02.1989 167 57 280 270 Hitachi Rivale
  L 7   Arisa Sato Sato 18.07.1989 166 53 275 266 Hitachi Rivale
  L 8 Kotoki Zayasu Zayasu 11.01.1990 159 57 270 255 Hisamitsu Springs
  10   Nana Iwasaka IWASAKA 03.07.1990 187 76 298 293 Hisamitsu Springs
  12 Yuki Ishii Ishii 08.05.1991 180 67 305 287 Hisamitsu Springs
  13   Risa Shinnabe SHINNABE 11.07.1990 175 64 293 285 Hisamitsu Springs
  14 Yukiko Ebata Ebata 07.11.1989 176 67 305 298 PFU Blue Cats
  16   Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18.12.1987 175 63 305 279 Toray Arrows
  17 Akari Oumi Oumi 10.11.1989 171 64 297 276 NEC Red Rockets
  19   Riho Otake Ohtake 23.12.1993 182 68 306 296 Denso Airybees
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Since winning bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Japan’s first Olympic medal since 1984, the Japan Volleyball Association has put in place a new squad for the new quadrennial – a move that could merit a winning roster in the future. In May, coach Masayoshi Manabe’s team started their first training camp for the season in Tokyo followed by another in Switzerland before taking part in the Montreux Volley Masters.

With the more experienced players not present, the younger members of the squad took advantage of the opportunity to obtain much valued game time. Key player Saori Kimura took on a new, bigger responsibility as captain of the team – a worthy appointment due to her strong performance in their bronze medal finish at the Olympics.

Although Manabe’s squad have their eyes on following up on their bronze medal performance in London with another medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games as well as advancing on their 2010 World Championship bronze medal – Japan’s first World Championship medal since 1978 - of more immediate concern is the improvement of their World Grand Prix record, which they successfully achieved placing fourth overall. Keeping up with their good tempo, Japan finished second behind Thailand at the Asian Championship last September in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Coach profile

Masayoshi Manabe has been coaching the Japan women’s national team since 2008, taking them to a bronze medal finish at the London 2012 Olympics. As an athlete, Manabe played for Japan’s domestic league from 1986 to 2004 and then played for Italian club team Iveco Palermo in 1999. As a setter for the national team, he played in the Seoul 1988 Olympics, World Cup and World Championship. His most recent coaching achievement was to lead Japan to place fourth at the World Grand Prix in Sapporo, Japan, and second at the Asian Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.