Since winning bronze at the London Olympics, Japan’s first Olympic medal since 1984, the Japan Volleyball Association has put in place a new squad for the current quadrennial, in hopes of a winning roster in the future.
Next week’s Grand Champions Cup will play an important role in leading Japan to a winning future, as they face the best women’s volleyball teams in the world.
Masayoshi Manabe’s team is keen to follow up on their bronze medal performance at London with another medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as well as advancing on their 2010 World Championship bronze medal. The team also came fourth at the 2013 FIVB World Grand Prix and placed second at the Asian Championship in September.
Japan’s first match of the Grand Champions Cup will be against Russia on Tuesday at 19:10 GMT - the last match of the day.
Miyu Nagaoka - Wing Spiker
Hitomi Nakamichi - Setter
Saori Kimura - Wing Spiker
Kanako Hirai - Middle Blocker
Yukino Nagamatsu - Setter
Haruka Miyashita - Setter
Arisa Sato - Libero
Kotoki Zayasu - Libero
Natsumi Fujita - Setter
Nana Iwasaka - Middle Blocker
Aimi Kawashima - Middle Blocker
Yuki Ishii - Wing Spiker
Risa Shinnabe - Wing Spiker
Yukiko Ebata - Wing Spiker
Sarina Kogo - Wing Spiker
Saori Sakoda - Wing Spiker
Akari Oumi - Wing Spiker
Saori Takagashi - Wing Spiker
Riho Otake - Middle Blocker
Miku Benoki - Wing Spiker
FIVB Volleyball Grand Champions Cup Schedule
|1||THA-DOM||12-Nov||12:10||Nagoya||Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall|
|2||USA-BRA||12-Nov||15:40||Nagoya||Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall|
|3||JPN-RUS||12-Nov||19:10||Nagoya||Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall|
|4||BRA-THA||13-Nov||12:10||Nagoya||Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall|
|5||RUS-DOM||13-Nov||16:10||Nagoya||Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall|
|6||JPN-USA||13-Nov||19:10||Nagoya||Nagoya Nippongaishi Hall|
|7||DOM-BRA||15-Nov||12:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|8||USA-RUS||15-Nov||16:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|9||THA-JPN||15-Nov||19:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|10||USA-THA||16-Nov||12:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|11||RUS-BRA||16-Nov||16:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|12||JPN-DOM||16-Nov||19:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|13||DOM-USA||17-Nov||12:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|14||THA-RUS||17-Nov||15:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
|15||BRA-JPN||17-Nov||18:10||Tokyo||Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium|
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