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FIVB 2010 Men's Volleyball World Championship
25 September - 10 October 2010
 

 
 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager ARAKIDA, Yuko (Mrs.)
Head coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach ABO, Kiyoshi
Doctor FUJITA, Koji
Therapist / trainer OKUBO, Shigekazu
Journalist HASEGAWA, Daisuke
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Megumi KURIHARA KURIHARA 31/07/1984 187 69 308 295 Dynamo Kazan
  2   Hitomi Nakamichi Nakamichi 18/09/1985 159 53 270 256 Toray Arrows
  3 Yoshie TAKESHITA TAKESHITA 18/03/1978 159 53 280 270 JT Marvelous
  4   Kaori INOUE INOUE 21/10/1982 182 59 306 300 Denso Airybees
  5 Ai YAMAMOTO AI 24/03/1982 184 68 312 305 JT Marvelous
  L 6   Yuko Sano Sano 26/07/1979 159 54 260 250 Denso Airybees
  7 Mai Yamaguchi Yamaguchi 3/07/1983 176 62 302 290 Okayama Seagulls
  9   Mizuho Ishida Ishida 22/01/1988 174 67 301 280 Denso Airybees
  C 11 Erika ARAKI ARAKI 3/08/1984 186 80 308 298 Toray Arrows
  12   Saori Kimura Saori 19/08/1986 185 65 304 293 Toray Arrows
  14 Yukiko Ebata Ebata 7/11/1989 176 67 305 298 Racing Club Cannes
  16   Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18/12/1987 175 64 305 279 Toray Arrows
  17 Akiko INO INO 28/09/1986 168 59 270 260 NEC Red Rockets
  L 19   Kanari HAMAGUCHI HAMAGUCHI 29/08/1985 167 60 283 269 Toray Arrows
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Following their participation at the last Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, the Japan Volleyball Association took quick measures to build a new squad, aiming for the Olympics in London in 2012. Masayoshi Manabe, in charge of the Championship team Hisamitsu Springs, was appointed the new coach of the national side, taking over from former coach Shoichi Yanagimoto who had led the team since 2003.

Starting in 2009, Manabe launched his new squad immediately after the end of the V. League, Japan’s premier league. More than 30 players were named with six Olympians including Yoshie Takeshita, one of the best setters, the former captain Yuko Sano, one of the best liberos Saori Kimura and Erika Araki, the captain from 2008. Several young and promising players were also included.

Starting in May Manabe’s squad attended their first training camp in Tokyo before competing in the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland. With the support of their experienced players, the newcomers were able to express themselves without feeling too anxious about making errors.

The effort came to fruition when Japan claimed a bronze medal at the Asia Continental Championships before going on to finish fourth at the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. In 2010, Japan showed further signs of improvement with some outstanding victories in the FIVB World Grand Prix, including over Brazil and Italy on their way to fifth place in the Final Round in China.
Coach profile

Masayosi Manabe began coaching Japan at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Prix and took them to the Final Round. Since then he has coached the side in 46 matches.

It is the first time Manabe has coached a national side.


 
 

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