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2009 Girls' Youth World Championship  |  Nakhonratchasima, Thailand
3 - 12 July 2009
 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

Team manager HAYASHI, Yoshiharu
Head coach OGAWA, Yoshiki
Assistant coach HANZAWA, Ichiro
Doctor FUKUDA, Naoko (Ms.)
Therapist / trainer SHIBATA, Munenori
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Fumika Moriya Moriya 7/04/1992 180 75 280 271 Kyoei Gakuen HS
  C 2   Chisato Mitsuyama Mitsuyama 16/04/1992 171 56 277 270 Shitennoji HS
  3 Saki Kagawa Kagawa 7/06/1992 184 64 295 275 Denso Airybees
  4   Mari Horikawa Horikawa 3/05/1992 183 72 301 288 Toray Arrows
  5 Saori Kaneko Kaneko 9/05/1992 175 63 298 280 NEC Red Rockets
  6   Azusa Futami Futami 15/05/1992 180 66 300 283 Toray Arrows
  7 Mirei Sasaki Sasaki 29/07/1992 176 67 298 290 Hitachi Rivale
  8   Kaho Yui OHNO 30/06/1992 180 68 298 285 Toray Arrows
  9 Mai Kuroki Kuroki 29/07/1992 170 56 290 283 Osaka Kokusai Takii HS
  10   Aya Yamakami Yamakami 16/01/1993 172 58 287 282 University of Tsukuba
  11 Yumiko Mochimaru Mochimaru 16/09/1992 175 60 294 280 Pioneer Red Wings
  L 12   Sumiko Mori Mori 26/10/1992 156 50 262 248 National I.of F.& KANOYA
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Japanese Youth Girls National Team has long been one of the leading teams in the world and is a recent World Champion.

Last year, the Japanese Youth Girls National Team won gold at the 7th Asian Youth Girls Championship held in Manila in 2008 and most of those players will play an active role in the club's progress at the 2009 FIVB Girls Youth World Championship.

The key players of Japan's Youth Girls team of 2009 - as well as its head coach, Yoshiki Ogawa - are from Japan's champion high school team. As their study must take preference to Volleyball, the Youth Girls team can only gather for practice during certain weekends and holidays in the summer and winter.

Japan is a well-balanced team in terms of offense and defense. While not the tallest team at the tournament, our players will rely on their speed and accuracy to get the job done.

Japan has been looking forward to competing in official competitions and the time has now come. We will do our best.


Coach profile

Yoshiki Ogawa, 53, is an enthusiastic and very experienced Volleyball coach.

Ogawa started playing Volleyball at the age of 11 and it is no exaggeration to say that since then Ogawa has been devoted to the sport.

At the age of 19, while studying law and physical education at university, Ogawa took up coaching Volleyball at Shimokitazawa Seitoku High School in Tokyo.

After graduation, Ogawa got a job as a PE teacher at the same high school and continued coaching volleyball. Ogawa has led his high school team to the national championship seven times - twice as runners-up and five times in third place.

Ogawa's coaching ability did not go unnoticed. He was appointed head coach of the Japanese women's national B team in 2003. His coaching methods have a good reputation and his coaching policy is not to stereotype his players, but to develop their potential to the fullest. Ogawa has produced many national players, such as Kana Oyama and Saori Kimura, who are pursuing their dreams to win a medal in the Olympics in London in 2012.

Ogawa is married and a father of two.


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