FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 JPN / Japan

Team manager TAKEMASA, Aya (Ms.)
Coach OKUBO, Shigekazu
Assistant coach SAEGUSA, Daichi
2nd assistant coach MIYAWAKI, Hiroshi
Doctor ARAKI, Daisuke
Physiotherapist MATSUDA, Atsumi
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  C 1 Kanami Tashiro Tashiro 25.03.1991 173 68 289 273
  4   Haruyo Shimamura Shimamura 04.03.1992 182 79 295 290 NEC Red Rockets
  5 Fumika Moriya Moriya 07.04.1992 180 75 302 285 Hisamitsu Springs
  7   Miku Torigoe Torigoe 16.10.1992 163 57 294 268 NEC Red Rockets
  9 Suzuka Hashimoto Hashimoto 28.08.1993 0 0 298 288 Denso Airybees
  10   Yurie Nabeya Nabeya 15.12.1993 176 57 305 292 Denso Airybees
  12 Asuka Nomura Nomura 23.07.1994 180 64 304 294 Toray Arrows
  13   Nozomi Itoh Itoh 16.02.1995 178 70 307 280 Toray Arrows
  15 Natsumi Fujita Fujita 05.08.1991 167 50 282 270 Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
  17   Miku Benoki Benoki 01.03.1996 172 62 309 282 Shimokitazawa Seitoku HS
  18 Saori Takahashi Takahashi 09.12.1992 177 66 307 290 Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
  19   Sarina Koga KOGA 21.05.1996 180 66 305 290 NEC Red Rockets
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

The Japan players do not have the height normally associated with the top level of women’s volleyball and the team is young, with an average age of 20. The players come not only from our top clubs, but also from top university teams. Using the typical characteristics of Japanese teams – dexterity, hard work, discipline and efforts to bring out players’ individual personalities – Japan will fight fiercely for every point.

In addition to the Japan team’s great esprit de corps, Japanese volleyball is well-known for its indefatigable determination and speedy combinations, and their teams invariably produce dynamic volleyball. The speed of their combination play makes it difficult to predict their attacks. The key players who will create these combinations are the two setters: Kanami Tashiro and Natsumi Fujita. In addition, Japan have good servers and are renowned for their digging and defence.

Coach profile

Shigekazu Okubo, 33, is a specialist in defence. He graduated from the University of Tsukuba and played for Sakai Blazers as libero from 2002 to 2007. He was a member of the Blazers when the team won the First Division of the National League in the 2006/07 season.

After his retirement as a player, he became assistant coach for top women’s team Hisamitsu Springs and has worked as a defence coach for the Japan women’s team He is particularly strong in coaching blocking. He helped the Japan women’s team when they won bronze medals at the 2010 FIVB World Championship and at last year’s Olympic Games.