Yoshie Takeshita

Yoshie Takeshita (竹下 佳江 Takeshita Yoshie, born March 18, 1978) was a Japanese volleyball player who played for JT Marvelous. She served as Head Coach of Japanese volleyball team Victorina Himeji.[2] and now serves as Executive Adviser.[3]

Yoshie Takeshita
Yoshie Takeshita, 2007-11-06.jpg
Takeshita in 2007
Personal information
Born (1978-03-18) March 18, 1978 (age 44)
Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka, Japan
Height159 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)[1]
Spike280 cm (110 in)
Block270 cm (106 in)
Volleyball information
Current clubRetired
National team
 Japan (1997-2012)

She played for the All-Japan women's volleyball team and was a participant at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Olympics. At the 2012 Olympics, she was part of the Japanese team that won the bronze medal.[4] She was also part of the 2010 Japanese Women's team that won bronze at the world championships, beating the US in the bronze medal match.[5]

Her nickname was World's smallest and strongest setter (世界 最小 最強 セッター Sekai saisho saikyo setter). She was the captain of the Japanese volleyball team during the 2006 World Championship and took the most valuable player award.

On 28 September 2012 JT Marvelous announced her retirement.[6] On 21 June 2013 Takeshita was selected to become a member of the directors of Japan Volleyball Association.[7]

Her husband is the Japanese baseball player Hirotaka Egusa.


  • She became a volleyball player at 10 years old.
  • Her nickname is "Tenn", though she has not publicly revealed the meaning or origin of the nickname.





National teamEdit

Senior teamEdit

  • 2003: 5th place in the World Cup in Japan
  • 2004: 5th place in the Olympic Games of Athens
  • 2005:   Bronze Medal in the 13th Senior Asian Championship
  • 2006: 6th place in the World Championship in Japan
  • 2006:   Silver Medal in Asian Game 2006
  • 2007: 7th place in the World Cup in Japan
  • 2007:   Gold Medal in the 14th Senior Asian Championship at Thailand
  • 2008: 5th place in the Olympic Games of Beijing
  • 2010:   Bronze Medal in the World Championship
  • 2011: 5th place in the World Grand Prix Final round
  • 2011:   Silver Medal in the 16th Senior Asian Championship
  • 2011: 4th place in the World Cup in Japan
  • 2012:   Bronze Medal in the Olympic Games of London


  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Players and Staff". Victorina Official Website. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ "女子バレー元日本代表・竹下佳江氏 5年ぶりに現場復帰の眞鍋政義監督は「きっといろんなことを考えて決められたと思う」 | ラジトピ ラジオ関西トピックス". ラジトピ (in Japanese). 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2022-10-19.
  4. ^ "London 2012 - Women's Volleyball". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  5. ^ "2010 Women's World Championship". www.fivb.org. FIVB. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  6. ^ JT Marverous. "竹下佳江選手 退部のお知らせ". Retrieved 2012-09-28.
  7. ^ Japan Volleyball Association. "The member of directors". Retrieved 2013-06-21.
  8. ^ FIVB. "Best Digger". Retrieved 2011-11-18.

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Preceded by Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Championship

Succeeded by
Preceded by Best Setter of
FIVB World Championship

Succeeded by
Preceded by Best Setter of
FIVB World Grand Prix

2008, 2009
Succeeded by