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Japan women's national volleyball team

The Japan women's national volleyball team (Hinotori Nippon, 火の鳥NIPPON), or All-Japan women's volleyball team, is currently ranked 6th[4] in the world by FIVB. The current head coach is Kumi Nakada.

Japan
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Nickname(s)Nippon (火の鳥NIPPON)[1]
AssociationJapan Volleyball Association[2]
Head coachKumi Nakada
FIVB ranking7 (as of September, 2019)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Summer Olympics
Appearances12 (First in 1964)
Best resultGold (1964, 1976)
World Championship
Appearances15 (First in 1960)
Best resultGold (1962, 1967, 1974)
http://www.jva.or.jp/ (:ja)

One of their greatest successes was at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, when they defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union on the way to the gold medal. Japan was qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by winning the Women's Olympic Qualifier that was held from 8 May to 16 May in Tokyo, Japan. In Athens, Greece the team took fifth place in the overall-rankings.

Finally after almost three decades of medal drought in the Olympics, Japan took home the Bronze medal by defeating South Korea in the 2012 Summer Olympics.[5]

HistoryEdit

2012 London OlympicsEdit

Japan qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics as the best Asian team in the 2012 FIVB Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament. In the 2012 Olympics, Japan had been placed on Group A with Russian Federation, Italy, Dominican Republic, the host Great Britain and Algeria. Japan finished third in the Group. In the quarter-finals, Japan faced their old Asian rival China. Saori Kimura and Yukiko Ebata each scored 33 points in this thrilling game in which China were beaten by 3–2.[6] It was their first win over China in 11 years as far as FIVB games are concerned. On 9 August 2012, the Japanese were outplayed by the defending champions Brazil in the semi-finals.[7] On 11 August 2012, Japan beat South Korea 3–0 in the bronze medal match. It is the first Olympics' volleyball medal for the Japanese since the 1984 Summer Olympics.[8] On August 13, 2012, Japan Women's Team was ranked 3rd in the world behind United States women's national volleyball team and Brazil women's national volleyball team.

Winner of 6 major world titlesEdit

Year Games Host Runner-up 2nd Runner-up
1962 # 4th World Championship USSR   USSR   Poland
1964 # Tokyo Olympic Games Japan   USSR   Poland
1967 # 5th World Championship Japan   USA   South Korea
1974 & 7th World Championship Mexico   USSR   South Korea
1976 & Montreal Olympic Games Canada   USSR   South Korea
1977 & 2nd World Cup Japan   Cuba   South Korea

#, & – Twice 3 Straight Major titles in 1960s and 1970s

(World Women's Volleyball Championship, World Cup, Olympic Games)

ResultsEdit

InternationalEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

World ChampionshipEdit

World CupEdit

World Grand Champions CupEdit

FIVB World Grand PrixEdit

FIVB Nations LeagueEdit

Montreux Volley MastersEdit

ContinentalEdit

Asian GamesEdit

Asian ChampionshipEdit

Asian Cup Volleyball ChampionshipEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is the Japanese roster in the 2019 Volleyball Women's World Cup.[9]

Head coach: Kumi Nakada

No. Name Position Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2019–20 club
2 Sarina Koga WS/OH 21 May 1996 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 67 kg (148 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 290 cm (110 in)   NEC Red Rockets
3 Nana Iwasaka (c) MB 3 July 1990 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 293 cm (115 in)   Hisamitsu Springs
4 Risa Shinnabe OP 11 July 1990 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 64 kg (141 lb) 292 cm (115 in) 285 cm (112 in)   Hisamitsu Springs
5 Erika Araki MB 3 August 1984 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 297 cm (117 in)   Toyota Auto Body Queenseis
6 Haruka Miyashita S 1 September 1994 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 61 kg (134 lb) 290 cm (110 in) 272 cm (107 in) Okayama Seagulls
7 Yuki Ishii WS/OH 8 May 1991 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 302 cm (119 in) 287 cm (113 in)   Hisamitsu Springs
11 Yurie Nabeya WS 15 December 1993 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 55 kg (121 lb) 305 cm (120 in) 292 cm (115 in)   Denso Airbees
12 Miya Sato S 7 March 1990 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 278 cm (109 in) 275 cm (108 in)   Hitachi Rivale
13 Mai Okumura MB 31 October 1990 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) 69 kg (152 lb) 297 cm (117 in) 285 cm (112 in)   Denso Airybees
14 Mako Kobata L 15 August 1992 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in) 56 kg (123 lb) 281 cm (111 in) 274 cm (108 in)   JT Marvelous
16 Ai Kurogo WS/OH 14 June 1998 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 69 kg (152 lb) 306 cm (120 in) 295 cm (116 in)   Toray Arrows
18 Akane Yamagishi L 8 January 1991 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) 55 kg (121 lb) 280 cm (110 in) 260 cm (100 in)   Saitama Ageo Medics
21 Miwako Osanai WS 19 July 1997 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) 67 kg (148 lb) 293 cm (115 in) 270 cm (110 in)   Hitachi Rivale
24 Aika Akutagawa MB 3 April 1991 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 280 cm (110 in)   JT Marvelous
28 Mayu Ishikawa WS/OH 14 May 2000 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 66 kg (146 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 285 cm (112 in)   Toray Arrows

Former squadsEdit

  • 1994 squad:

Head coach: Tadayoshi Yokota

No. Name Date of birth Height 1994 club
1 Motoko Obayashi 15.06.67 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Hitachi
2 Aki Nagatomi 17.07.69 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) Hitachi
3 Chie Natori 09.08.69 176 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Daiei
4 Mika Yamauchi 07.10.69 182 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Daiei
6 Tomoko Yoshihara 04.02.70 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Hitachi
7 Kiyoko Fukuda 04.08.70 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
8 Miho Murata 03.09.70 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
9 Asako Tajimi 26.02.72 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Hitachi
12 Yumi Natta 12.07.69 161 cm (5 ft 3 12 in) Daiei
13 Naomi Eto 12.07.72 186 cm (6 ft 1 in) Hitachi
16 Maki Fujiyoshi 24.05.74 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
17 Miyuki Shimasaki 13.10.74 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Hitachi
5 Karuyo Matsukawa 07.01.70 181 cm (5 ft 11 12 in) Daiei
10 Kumiko Sakamoto 13.12.72 177 cm (5 ft 9 12 in) Daiei
14 Minako Onuki 15.10.72 173 cm (5 ft 8 in) NEC
15 Miho Ota 27.10.73 179 cm (5 ft 10 12 in) Hitachi
18 Eiko Yasui 08.05.71 164 cm (5 ft 4 12 in) Kanagawa

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nickname:HINOTORI NIPPON". jva.or.jp.
  2. ^ "JVA".
  3. ^ "AVC".
  4. ^ "FIVB Senior World Ranking - Women". The FIVB. FIVB. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  5. ^ "LONDON 2012 VOLLEYBALL, VOLLEYBALL WOMEN". olympic.org. August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Brazil, Japan reach semifinals". ESPN.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Japan humbled by Brazil in women's volleyball semifinals, to play S. Korea for bronze". The Japan Times. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze". The Japan Times. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Japan Team Roster". FIVB. Retrieved 28 September 2019.

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