FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix 2012

TEAM COMPOSITION

 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager ARAKIDA, Yuko (Mrs.)
Head coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach KAWAKITA, Gen / OKUBO Shigekazu
Doctor OBARA, Kazuhiro (1st and 2nd Week)
Therapist / trainer WAKAMIYA, Keiji
Journalist TETSUYA, Yoshitomo (1st Week)
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Megumi KURIHARA KURIHARA 31.07.1984 187 69 308 295
  2   Hitomi Nakamichi Nakamichi 18.09.1985 159 53 270 256
  3 Yoshie TAKESHITA TAKESHITA 18.03.1978 159 53 280 270
  4   Kaori INOUE INOUE 21.10.1982 182 59 306 300
  5 Ai OTOMO AI 24.03.1982 184 68 312 305
  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 Shinnabe 11.07.1990 173 66 295 268
  14   Yukiko Ebata Ebata 07.11.1989 176 67 305 298
  15 Maiko Kano Kano 15.07.1988 185 72 303 285
  16   Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18.12.1987 175 64 305 279
  17 Kanako Hirai Hirai 15.04.1984 183 69 309 290
  18   Riho Otake Ohtake 23.12.1993 183 65 306 290
  19 Kanari HAMAGUCHI HAMAGUCHI 29.08.1985 167 60 283 269
  20   Haruka Miyashita Miyashita 01.09.1994 177 61 298 272
  21 Ayumi NAKAMURA NAKAMURA 29.08.1990 176 70 294 278
  22   Mai OKUMURA OKUMURA 31.10.1990 177 67 300 280
  23 Yuki Ishii Ishii 08.05.1991 180 68 303 286
  24   Miyu Nagaoka Nagaoka 25.07.1991 179 65 310 295
  25 Rika Nomoto Nomoto 21.09.1991 179 70 310 279
 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 before following up with a fifth place finish in last year's World Grand Prix and fourth place finish at last year's World Cup, narrowly missing out on an Olympic berth.
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 2010 Montreux Volley Masters and the bronze at the World Championship in 2010, their first FIVB medal in 32 years.