FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager TORIBA Kenji
Head coach UETA Tatsuya
Assistant coach NAKAGAICHI Yuichi
Doctor HAYASHI Mitsutoshi
Therapist / trainer MOROKUMA Naoki
Journalist WATANABE Keitaro
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  2 Yuta ABE ABE 08.08.1981 191 85 342 320
  L 3   Takeshi Nagano Nagano 11.07.1985 176 69 315 300
  C 5 Daisuke USAMI USAMI 29.03.1979 184 88 320 310
  6   Yoshifumi SUZUKI YOSHIFUMI 31.03.1983 200 95 340 300
  7 Takahiro YAMAMOTO YAMAMOTO 12.07.1978 201 98 345 335
  8   Kazuyoshi Yokota Yokota 01.05.1986 194 85 345 325
  L 10 Osamu TANABE TANABE 10.04.1979 181 73 330 300
  11   Yoshihiko Matsumoto Matsumoto 07.01.1981 193 80 340 330
  12 Kota Yamamura Yamamura 20.10.1980 205 95 350 335
  13   Kunihiro Shimizu Shimizu 11.08.1986 192 97 345 335
  14 Tatsuya Fukuzawa Fukuzawa 01.07.1986 189 86 355 345
  15   Daisuke Yako YAKO 07.10.1988 194 89 335 325
  16 Yusuke Ishijima Gottsu 09.01.1984 197 102 345 335
  18   Yuta Yoneyama Yuta 29.08.1984 185 85 340 320
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

In the past year, Japan have been boosted by the return of Daisuke Usami, the team’s experienced setter and captain who missed almost a year because of an ankle injury. He came back following last year’s FIVB Men’s World Championship just in time to compete at the Guangzhou Asian Games in November 2010. His inspiration led the team to gold after beating Korea in the semifinals and Iran in the final.
   
This year Tatsuya Ueta's team had to play all 12 of their FIVB World League matches away from home due to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan's eventual record was not encouraging, with their sole win coming against Germany in a group that also featured Bulgaria and Russia. A couple of weeks ahead of the Asian Championship in September, they lost their most effective outside spiker, Kunihiro Shimizu, who damaged knee ligaments. With their confidence dented, they lost in the quarterfinals, having been beaten by India, Iran and Korea.

Ueta has to work on reinvigorating his squad once their key attacker Shimizu rejoins them. Failure to do so will harm their chances of a top-three finish at the FIVB World Cup on home soil. They have proven they can find success on home soil having won Japan’s first FIVB medal in 32 years – a bronze at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup. 

Coach profile

Tatsuya Ueta became Japan coach in 2004, immediately after the squad failed to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. A player for Nippon Steel Blazers in 1987 he went on to represent Japan from 1989 to 1993 before going into coaching in 1995. He became coach of the junior national team in 2001. His best result with the senior side is a bronze medal at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup however more recently he suffered two tough campaigns at the FIVB World Championship 2010 in Italy and this year’s World League.