FIVB - Volleyball World Grand Prix

TEAM COMPOSITION


 JPN / Japan

 
Team manager MIZUNO, Shuichi
Coach MANABE, Masayoshi
Assistant coach OKUBO, Shigekazu
2nd assistant coach SAITO, Kenji
Doctor OBARA, Kazuhiro (3rd & 4th Week)
Physiotherapist WAKAMIYA, Keiji
   
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Miyu Nagaoka NAGAOKA 25.07.1991 179 63 308 295 Hisamitsu Springs
  2   Arisa Sato SATO 18.07.1989 164 53 275 268 Hitachi Rivale
  C 3 Saori Kimura SAORI 19.08.1986 185 65 304 293 Galatasaray Daikin
  4   Kanako Hirai HIRAI 15.04.1984 183 69 309 290 Hisamitsu Springs
  5 Naoko Hashimoto Hashimoto 11.07.1984 172 68 288 268 JT Marvelous
  6   Haruka Miyashita Miyashita 01.09.1994 176 60 292 276 Okayama Seagulls
  7 Mami Yoshida Yoshida 05.06.1986 158 57 272 260 Pioneer Red Wings
  8   Kotoki Zayasu Zayasu 11.01.1990 159 55 273 255 Hisamitsu Springs
  9 Mizuho Ishida Ishida 22.01.1988 174 67 301 280 Hisamitsu Springs
  10   Nana Iwasaka IWASAKA 03.07.1990 187 72 300 285 Hisamitsu Springs
  11 Makoto Matsuura Matsuura 09.09.1986 173 69 282 265 NEC Red Rockets
  12   Yuki Ishii ISHII 08.05.1991 180 68 303 286 Hisamitsu Springs
  13 Risa Shinnabe Risa 11.07.1990 173 66 295 268 Hisamitsu Springs
  14   Yukiko Ebata EBATA 07.11.1989 176 67 305 290 Hitachi Rivale
  15 Haruyo Shimamura SHIMAMURA 04.03.1992 182 79 295 290 NEC Red Rockets
  16   Saori Sakoda Sakoda 18.12.1987 175 64 305 279 Toray Arrows
  17 Akari Oumi OUMI 10.11.1989 171 64 297 276 NEC Red Rockets
  18   Saori Takahashi TAKAHASHI 09.12.1992 177 68 298 280 Hitachi Rivale
  19 Riho Otake OTAKE 23.12.1993 183 65 306 290 Denso Airybees
  20   Aimi Kawashima Kawashima 15.04.1990 181 67 299 290 Okayama Seagulls
  21 Kanami Tashiro TASHIRO 25.03.1991 173 70 280 273 Toray Arrows
  22   Fumika Moriya Moriya 07.04.1992 180 75 302 286 Pioneer Red Wings
 C = Captain   L = Libero
 
Team profile

Since winning bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Japan’s first Olympic medal since 1984, the Japan Volleyball Association has put in place a new squad for the new quadrennial. 

Coach Masayoshi Manabe has named ace spiker Saori Kimura as captain, replacing Erika Araki and while the team will have plenty of new faces, setter Hitomi Nakamichi has the big task of filling the shoes left by chief playmaker Yoshie Takeshita due to retirement.

Key playmakers Saori Sakoda, who top scored in Japan’s Olympic bronze medal victory over Korea, and Yukiko Ebata are included.

In May, Manabe’s team started their first training camp for the season in Tokyo followed by another in Switzerland before taking part in the Montreux Volley Masters, a tournament they won in 2011, where they finished fifth. With the more experienced players not present, the younger members of the squad took advantage of the opportunity to obtain much valued game time.

Although Manabe’s squad have their eyes on following up on their bronze medal performance in London with another medal at the 2016 Olympic Games as well as advancing on their 2010 World Championship bronze medal – Japan’s first World Championship medal since 1978 - of more immediate concern is the improvement of their World Grand Prix record, especially with the Finals being on home soil in Sapporo this year. As one of only two countries – the other being China – to have played in all 21 editions of the tournament, the world No. 3 has never stepped on the podium with a best result of fourth dating back to 1997 and 1994.

 
Coach profile

Masayoshi Manabe has been head coach of the Japan national women’s team since 2008, taking them to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

In 2011, he led the team to fourth place at the World Cup, and while the team missed out on a medal, they succeeded in beating Brazil and the United States - a remarkable record for the Japan women’s national team.

As an athlete, Manabe played for Japan’s domestic league from 1986 to 2004 and then played for Iveco Palermo club in Italy in 1999. As a setter for the national team, he took part in the Seoul Olympics in 1988 as well as the World Cup and World Championship.