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19th Edition
5 - 28 August 2011

 
 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager ARAKIDA, Yuko (Mrs.)
Head coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach OKUBO, Shigekazu
Doctor OBARA, Kazuhiro (1st & 2nd Week)
Therapist / trainer KAWAKITA, Gen
Journalist YOSHITANI, Tsuyoshi (1st Week)
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Kotoki Zayasu Zayasu 11/01/1990 159 55 273 255 Hisamitsu Springs
  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   Yuki ISHIKAWA ISHIKAWA 26/04/1987 181 68 302 286 JT Marvelous
  5 Ai YAMAMOTO AI 24/03/1982 184 68 312 305 JT Marvelous
  6   Yuko Sano SANO 26/07/1979 159 54 260 250 Volero Zürich
  7 Mai YAMAGUCHI YAMAGUCHI 3/07/1983 176 62 302 290 Okayama Seagulls
  8   Makoto Matsuura Matsuura 9/09/1986 173 69 282 265 NEC Red Rockets
  9 Mizuho Ishida Ishida 22/01/1988 174 67 301 280 Hisamitsu Springs
  10   Nana Iwasaka IWASAKA 3/07/1990 187 72 300 285 Hisamitsu Springs
  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 Galatasaray Daikin
  13 Risa Shinnabe Risa 11/07/1990 173 66 295 268 Hisamitsu Springs
  14   Yukiko Ebata EBATA 7/11/1989 176 67 305 290 Hitachi Rivale
  15 Maiko KANO KANO 15/07/1988 185 72 303 285 Hisamitsu Springs
  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
  18   Yuki Ishii ISHII 8/05/1991 180 68 303 286 Hisamitsu Springs
  19 Kanari HAMAGUCHI HAMAGUCHI 29/08/1985 167 60 283 269 Toray Arrows
  20   Ayano NAKAOJI NAKAOJI 24/07/1991 167 64 289 279 Hisamitsu Springs
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

After their participation at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the Japan Volleyball Association took quick measures to build a new squad, aiming for the 2012 London Olympics.

Masayoshi Manabe of championship-winning team Hisamitsu Springs was appointed as head coach, taking over from Shoichi Yanagimoto, who had been with the team for five years.

Manabe cast 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.

This year, Manabe’s squad started training in Tokyo in May before moving overseas and taking part in the Montreux Volley Masters in Switzerland, which they won for the first time despite playing without Kimura, Takeshita and Sano.
Japan are once again a major force in women's volleyball and Manabe’s squad are challenging for international titles. They won their first FIVB medal for 32 years at the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World Championship in Japan last year.

Coach profile

Masayoshi Manabe took over from Shoichi Yanagimoto in April 2009 and one of his goals was to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. He was a setter for Japan and took part in the 1988 Olympics. He started coaching in 1993 with Nippon Steel Blazers and under his leadership the team were V-League champions in 1996 and in 1997. From 1999 to 2005, he focused on his career as a player, retiring in 2005. In 2006-07, he led Hisamitsu Springs to the V-Premier League title. Manabe’s tactical awareness helped Japan win the Montreux Volley Masters in June and the bronze at last year’s World Championship, their first FIVB medal in 32 years.



 
 

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