FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager ARAKIDA, Yuko (Mrs.)
Head coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach ABO, Kiyoshi
Doctor FUJITA, Koji
Therapist / trainer WAKAMIYA, Keiji
Journalist HASEGAWA, Daisuke
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  2 Hitomi Nakamichi NAKAMICHI 18.09.1985 159 53 270 256
  3   Yoshie TAKESHITA TAKESHITA 18.03.1978 159 53 280 270
  6 Yuko Sano SANO 26.07.1979 159 54 260 250
  7   Mai YAMAGUCHI YAMAGUCHI 03.07.1983 176 62 302 290
  8 Kotoki Zayasu Zayasu 11.01.1990 159 55 273 255
  9   Mizuho Ishida Ishida 22.01.1988 174 67 301 280
  10 Nana Iwasaka IWASAKA 03.07.1990 187 72 300 285
  C 11   Erika ARAKI ARAKI 03.08.1984 186 80 308 298
  12 Saori Kimura SAORI 19.08.1986 185 65 304 293
  13   Risa Shinnabe Risa 11.07.1990 173 66 295 268
  14 Yukiko Ebata EBATA 07.11.1989 176 67 305 290
  15   Maiko KANO KANO 15.07.1988 185 72 303 285
  16 Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18.12.1987 175 64 305 279
  18   Kazuyo MORI MORI 21.06.1976 175 64 303 291
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

After Japan’s participation in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Japan Volleyball Association made quick steps to build a new squad aiming for the London 2012 Games. Masayoshi Manabe of national championship-winning team Hisamitsu Springs was appointed coach, taking over from Shoichi Yanagimoto, who had been with the team for five years.

Manabe started by casting his eye over 30 players, including Yoshie Takeshita, one of the world's top setters and the team's former captain, spectacular libero Yuko Sano and attacking stars Saori Kimura and Erika Araki. He has kept with the tried and trusted whilst introducing some new blood and giving the captaincy to Araki, which has sparked an improvement in form, so much so that Japan’s quick-fire attacking game is in top gear and the side is seen as genuine contenders in women's volleyball again, challenging for titles.

Full evidence of this turnaround is the 2010 FIVB World Championship where Japan won their first FIVB medal for 32 years in front of their home fans. This year, Manabe’s squad started training in Tokyo in May before taking part in the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland, which they won for the first time despite playing without Kimura, Takeshita and Sano.

Coach profile

Former Japan setter Masayoshi Manabe replaced Shoichi Yanagimoto as coach of the Japan women’s team in 2009. He played in the 1988 Olympic Games and started his coaching career in 1993 with Nippon Steel Blazers. Under his leadership the team were V-League champions in 1996 and 1997. From 1999 to 2005, he focused on playing again before retiring to coach in 2006 and 2007 when he led Hisamitsu Springs to the V-Premier League title. Manabe’s tactical awareness is seen as one of the key reasons behind Japan’s recent form reversal.