FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 JPN / Japan - Team Composition

 
Team manager ODA Katsumi
Head coach UETA Tatsuya
Assistant coach NAKAGAICHI Yuichi, MOROKUMA Naoki
Doctor HASHIMOTO Yoshito
Therapist / trainer KANNO Satoshi
Journalist WATANABE Keitaro
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  1 Daisuke SAKAI SAKAI 22.10.1981 180 75 320 305
  2   Yuta ABE ABE 08.08.1981 191 85 342 320
  L 3 Takeshi Nagano NAGANO 11.07.1985 176 69 315 300
  4   Yusuke Matsuta Matsuta 31.10.1982 200 90 345 340
  C 5 Daisuke USAMI USAMI 29.03.1979 184 88 320 310
  6   Yoshifumi SUZUKI YOSHIFUMI 31.03.1983 200 95 340 300
  7 Takahiro YAMAMOTO YAMAMOTO 12.07.1978 201 98 345 335
  8   Yuya AGEBA AGEBA 30.09.1983 191 70 350 330
  9 Takaaki TOMIMATSU TOMIMATSU 20.07.1984 192 85 350 330
  L 10   Osamu TANABE TANABE 10.04.1979 181 73 330 300
  11 Yoshihiko Matsumoto Matsumoto 07.01.1981 193 80 340 330
  12   Kota Yamamura Yamamura 20.10.1980 205 95 350 335
  13 Kunihiro Shimizu SHIMIZU 11.08.1986 192 97 345 335
  14   Tatsuya Fukuzawa FUKUZAWA 01.07.1986 189 86 355 345
  15 Daisuke Yako YAKO 07.10.1988 194 89 335 325
  16   Yusuke Ishijima Gottsu 09.01.1984 197 102 345 335
  17 Yu Koshikawa KOSHIKAWA 30.06.1984 189 87 340 320
  18   Yuta Yoneyama YONEYAMA 29.08.1984 185 85 340 320
  19 Akira KOSHIYA KOSHIYA 12.06.1979 185 78 345 330
  20   Ayumu SHINODA SHINODA 14.12.1979 194 88 345 315
  21 Shigeru Kondoh Kondo 23.11.1982 186 85 330 315
  22   Naoya SUGA SUGA 17.05.1985 178 85 325 315
  23 Yuji SUZUKI YUJI 07.06.1986 189 80 350 330
  24   Yuhei TSUKAZAKI TSUKAZAKI 11.07.1986 192 74 332 315
  25 Dai TEZUKA TEZUKA 18.11.1988 191 90 345 320
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

In 2011, Japan were boosted by the return of Daisuke Usami, the team’s experienced setter and captain who missed almost a year because of an ankle injury. He came back following the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championship just in time to compete at the Guangzhou Asian Games in November 2010. His inspiration led the team to gold after beating Korea in the semifinals and Iran in the final.

The 2011 FIVB World League was a challenging one for Tatsuya Ueta's team as they had to play all 12 of their matches away from home due to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Japan's eventual record was not encouraging, with their sole win coming against Germany in a group that also featured Bulgaria and Russia. A couple of weeks ahead of the Asian Championship in September, they lost their most effective outside spiker, Kunihiro Shimizu, who damaged knee ligaments. With their confidence dented, they lost in the quarterfinals, having been beaten by India, Iran and Korea.

Ueta worked hard to reinvigorate his squad but they failed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games on their first attempt at last year’s World Cup, finishing 10th. However, they come into the 2012 season with confidence.

Coach profile

Tatsuya Ueta became Japan coach in 2004, immediately after the squad failed to qualify for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. A player for Nippon Steel Blazers in 1987 he went on to represent Japan from 1989 to 1993 before going into coaching in 1995. He became coach of the junior national team in 2001. His best result with the senior side is a bronze medal at the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup however more recently he took the team to 15th in last year’s World League and 10th at the World Cup as well as a fifth place finish at the Asian Men’s Championship.