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Coach Nakada EXCLUDES Haruka Miyashita – Again!

Haruka Miyashita’s career with the national team is NOT looking good since Coach Kumi Nakada took over.

The 23 year old setter missed the Asian Championship and now she is going to miss another major tourney, World Grand Champions Cup, to be hosted in her country. Despite being one of the most experienced setters, Coach Nakada chose Koyomi Tominaga and Miya Sato instead.

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Japan’s Roster For Grand Champions Cup:

Opposite Hitters:
Risa Shinnabe
Mari Horikawa

Outside Hitters:
Yurie Nabeya
Yuki Ishii
Mami Uchiseto
Rika Nomoto

Middle Blockers:
Nana Iwasaka (C)
Erika Araki
Haruyo Shimamura
Mai Okumura

Liberos:
Kotoe Inoue
Mako Kobata

Setters:
Koyomi Tominaga
Miya Sato

One of Japan’s best scorers, Sarina Koga, will NOT play due to a minor knee injury.

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Joining Japan in the 6 team tourney are reigning European champions Russia, defending champions Brazil, reigning world champions USA, Olympic champions China and wild card winner Korea. The tourney begins on September 4th and will run until September 9th.

Click here to visit the official Grand Champions Cup website.

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  1. I truly don’t understand it… on one hand coach Nakada appears to be doing a fine job so far yet Miyashita is a real gem, she’s a great setter and one of the best diggers I’ve ever seen. She should be at her pick within the next few years and definitely must be the team’s first setter to my opinion.

  2. She had knee inflammation or something from start of the Grand Prix. Coach Nakada said so. Japanese news is useful.

  3. I heard Miyashita ‘s got arthritis in both her knees now. If that’s the case, it doesn’t bode well for the future of her career. Regardless, I’m sure she’ll be remembered as one of the best setters Japan has ever had.

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