Japan 2013 Team Rosters

Saori is the new captain!

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We’re a bit sad that Yoshie Takeshita has retired from the National Team and same with middle blocker Ai Yamamoto, libero Yuko Sano, hitters Megumi Kurihara, Maiko Kano and Mai Yamaguchi. We have a feeling though some will return and compete in important world tourneys like the 2014 World Champs and 2016 Olympics (Come on Takeshita! Play in Rio!).

On the other hand, we’re quite impressed with Coach Manabe’s goals for the new Olympic cycle. He’s investing on a lot of young players together with his core players like Saori, Ebata and Araki.

2013 Full Roster:

Setters: Hitomi Nakamichi, Haruka Miyashita, Makoto Matsuura, Hiroko Matsuura, Natsumi Fujita, Kanami Tashiro, Ayaka Hosokawa

Middle Blockers: Erika Araki, Nana Iwasaka, Kanako Hirai, Riho Otake, Nanami Inoue, Aimi Kawashima, Haruyo Shimamura, Fumika Moriya, Azusa Futami, Kana Ono, Rika Seki, Nozomi Ito, Kiroya Obikawa

Wing Hitters: Saori Kimura, Saori Sakoda, Yukiko Ebata, Risa Shinnabe, Mizuho Ishida, Miyu Nagaoka, Akari Oumi, Yuki Ishii, Risa Ishii, Saori Takahashi, Ayumi Nakamura, Rika Nomoto, Yurie Nabeya, Yuka Imamura, Sakura Doi, Miku Benoki, Sarina Koga

Liberos: Kotoki Zayasu, Akiko Ino, Mami Yoshida, Miku Torigoe, Aki Maruyama, Arisa Sato, Akane Yamagishi

Roster for 2013 Volleymasters Tournament in Switzerland:

Setters: Makoto Matsuura, Natsumi Fujita

Wing Hitters : Risa Ishii, Tomomo Nakamura, Yuki Ishii, Saori Takahashi, Yuka Imamura, Miyu Nagaoka, Oumi Akari, Risa Rina Koga

Middle Blockers : Nana Iwasaka, Sato Otake, Haruyo Shimamura, Fumika Moriya

Liberos : Mami Yoshida, Kotoki Zayasu

Lots of new players indeed!

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As for the men’s team. the only notable players who are missing are Kunihiro Shimizu (injured) and veteran Takahiro Yamamoto who has retired.

2013 Full Roster:

Setters: Yuta Abe, Shigeru Kondoh, Naoya Suga, Takahisa Otake, Shogo Okamoto, Shun Imamura, Akihiro Fukatsu, Hideomi Fukatsu

Wing Hitters: Yusuke Ishijima (Gottsu), Yu Koshikawa, Yuta Yoneyama, Tatsuya Fukuzawa, Kunihiro Shimizu, Daisuke Yako, Dai Tezuka, Yuji Suzuki, Yuhei Tsukazaki, Issei Maeda, Tatsuya Yoneyama, Yasuyuki Shibakoya, Takuya Takamatsu, Masashi Kuriyama, Shunsuke Chijiki, Yuta Matsuoka, Yuki Hosokawa, Sogo Watanabe, Hidetomo Hoshino, Takashi Dekita, Shuzo Yamada, Masahiro Yanagida

Middle Blockers: Kota Yamamura, Yoshihiko Matsumoto, Yusuke Matsuta, Yoshifumi Suzuki, Takaaki Tomimatsu, Kazuyoshi Yokota, Kenji Shirasawa, Shogo Toimoto, Hirotaka Kon, Tatsuya Shiota, Takuya Yasunaga, Haku Lee, Yamato Fushimi

Liberos: Takeshi Nagano, Koichiro Koga, Ken Takahashi, Taichiro Koga

2013 World League Roster:

Setters: Shigeru Kondoh, Shun Imamura, Issei Maeda

Wing Spikers: Yuji Suzuki, Yuhei Tsukazaki, Masashi Kuriyama, Dai Tezuka, Tatsuya Fukuzawa, Daisuke Yako, Yusuke Ishijima, Yu Koshikawa, Yuta Yoneyama, Shunsuke Chijiki, Yuta Matsuoka, Takashi Dekita

Middle Blockers: Yoshifumi Suzuki, Kazuyoshi Yokota, Takaaki Tomimatsu, Yoshihiko Matsumoto, Kota Yamamura

Liberos: Takeshi Nagano, Ken Takahashi

In case you didn’t know, the men’s team has a new coach and he’s none other than former Team USA MNT assistant coach, Gary Sato.

(images: sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/ FIVB)

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