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 10th[4] in the world by FIVB. The new head coach is Masayoshi Manabe.

Japan
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Nickname(s)Nippon (火の鳥NIPPON)[1]
AssociationJapan Volleyball Association[2]
Head coachMasayoshi Manabe
FIVB ranking6 (as of 16 November 2022)
Uniforms
Home
Away
Summer Olympics
Appearances13 (First in 1964)
Best resultGold (1964, 1976)
World Championship
Appearances16 (First in 1960)
Best resultGold (1962, 1967, 1974)
www.jva.or.jp/en/senior_women/ (in English)

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.

Masae Kasai standing in the center of podium as the captain of Oriental Witches [ja],[5] 1964 Tokyo Olympics Women's Volleyball

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.

2020 Tokyo OlympicsEdit

Japan was the host nation for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The other teams in their group in Tokyo were Kenya, Serbia, Brazil, Korea and the Dominican Republic.[10] Japan's opening match was on 25 July 2021 in Tokyo against Kenya.[11] They beat Kenya in their first match in straight sets [12] and lost against Serbia, Brazil, Korea and the Dominican Republic which caused them to miss the qualification for the quarterfinals.[13]

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 CupEdit

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following is the Japan roster in the 2022 World Championship

Head coach:   Masayoshi Manabe

No. Name Position Date of birth Height Weight Spike Block 2021–22 club
2 Mami Uchiseto L 25 October 1991 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) 70 kg (150 lb) 296 cm (117 in) 285 cm (112 in)   Saitama Ageo Medics
3 Sarina Koga (c) WS/OH 21 May 1996 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 68 kg (150 lb) 307 cm (121 in) 290 cm (110 in)   NEC Red Rockets
4 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
5 Haruyo Shimamura MB 4 March 1992 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 297 cm (117 in) 290 cm (110 in)   NEC Red Rockets
10 Arisa Inoue WS/OH 8 May 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 67 kg (148 lb) 300 cm (120 in) 289 cm (114 in)   Hisamitsu Springs
12 Aki Momii S 7 October 2000 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 285 cm (112 in) N/A   JT Marvelous
15 Kotona Hayashi WS/OH 13 November 1999 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) 60 kg (130 lb) 292 cm (115 in) 280 cm (110 in)   JT Marvelous
19 Nichika Yamada MB 24 February 2000 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in) 73 kg (161 lb) 310 cm (120 in) 288 cm (113 in)   NEC Red Rockets
22 Satomi Fukudome L 23 November 1997 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) 60 kg (130 lb) 275 cm (108 in)   Denso Airybees
23 Mami Yokota MB 10 December 1997 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) 62 kg (137 lb) 298 cm (117 in)   Denso Airybees
26 Airi Miyabe MB 29 July 1998 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) 63 kg (139 lb) 309 cm (122 in) 290 cm (110 in)   Himeji Victorina
30 Nanami Seki S 12 June 1999 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in) 60 kg (130 lb) 280 cm (110 in)   Toray Arrows
37 Ameze Miyabe WS/OH 12 October 2001 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) 58 kg (128 lb) 309 cm (122 in) 280 cm (110 in)   Tokai Mermaids
38 Yoshino Sato WS/OH 30 June 2002 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 71 kg (157 lb) 295 cm (116 in)   Denso Airybees

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 Kazuyo 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

Coaches historyEdit

GalleryEdit

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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Remembering Volleyball's 'Oriental Witches' - The New York Times
  6. ^ "LONDON 2012 VOLLEYBALL, VOLLEYBALL WOMEN". olympic.org. August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Brazil, Japan reach semifinals". ESPN.com. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Japan beats South Korea for historic volleyball bronze". The Japan Times. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Kenya Unveil Roster For The Tokyo Olympics". fivb.com. 26 June 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Kenya Unveil Roster For The Tokyo Olympics". This is Volleyball. 26 June 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Malkia Strikers go down to Japan in Olympics opener". Citizentv.co.ke. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  13. ^ NEWS, KYODO. "Olympics: Dominican Republic ends Japan women's volleyball quest". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  14. ^ "New women's volleyball coach Nakada ready for challenge". japantimes.co.jp. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  15. ^ "女子バレー 中田久美監督が退任「不本意な結果、大変申し訳ない」後任は未定" (in Japanese). yahoo.co.jp. Retrieved 27 August 2021.

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