Oct 11, 2016

Spiker Kimura mulls retirement

Saori Kimura, who served as the women’s volleyball captain for Japan at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, is contemplating retirement, she revealed on her personal blog on Monday. In response to questions she says she gets regarding her career plans, the 30-year-old ...

U.S. ends Japan's hopes of medal

Aug 17, 2016

U.S. ends Japan's hopes of medal

Japan was outclassed by the United States in a straight-sets defeat, seeing its quest for a second consecutive Olympic medal end in the quarterfinals of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday. Masayoshi Manabe’s squad, which finished in a tie for ...

Aug 16, 2016

Japan spikers advance to quarters with victory

Japan defeated Argentina 3-0 in its fifth and final game of the preliminary round Sunday to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the women’s volleyball tournament at the Rio Olympics. Japan, the London Olympic bronze medal winner, came from behind to win the ...

Japan spikers lose again

Aug 13, 2016

Japan spikers lose again

The Japan women’s volleyball team suffered a third defeat in four matches at the Rio Olympics on Friday, this time losing 3-0 to Russia and putting its bid for a place in the quarterfinals in jeopardy. Russia plowed through its opponent, dominating the first ...

South Korea rallies past Japan in opening match

Aug 7, 2016

South Korea rallies past Japan in opening match

South Korea threw a wrench into Japan’s plans for a second straight Olympic medal in women’s volleyball with a come-from-behind win in their opening match at the Rio Olympics on Saturday. Looking to improve on their bronze medal from the 2012 London Games, the ...

Kimura aiming higher than bronze

Aug 1, 2016

Kimura aiming higher than bronze

As the first Japanese to make four Olympic volleyball teams, Saori Kimura is burning to improve on her team’s 2012 bronze-medal finish. The wing spiker, a high school student when she made her Olympic debut in Athens in 2004, turns 30 a day before ...

Japan women's volleyball team books spot in Rio Olympics

May 21, 2016

Japan women's volleyball team books spot in Rio Olympics

Japan qualified for a record 12th Olympics after winning the necessary two sets against Italy in the women’s volleyball final qualifiers on Saturday. Japan captain Saori Kimura had her best game of the eight-team tournament with 31 point, though the hosts fell 23-25, 27-25, ...

Kimura guides Japan past Kenya

Aug 26, 2015

Kimura guides Japan past Kenya

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Japan captain Saori Kimura scored 10 points from 14 attempts attacking as well as two on blocking, leading Japan to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Kenya on Wednesday in fourth-day action at the Women’s World Cup at National Yoyogi First Gymnasium. Japan improved ...

Aug 28, 2013

Japan cruises past Italy in World Grand Prix finals opener

Japan defeated Italy in straight sets on Wednesday in their opening match at the World Grand Prix finals. Japan, which won the bronze medal last summer at the London Olympics, beat Italy 25-18, 25-19, 25-22 at Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center with Yukiko Ebata top-scoring ...