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/ Oct 26, 2016

New women's volleyball coach Nakada ready for challenge

Kumi Nakada said Wednesday she hopes to rise to the challenge as the first woman to oversee the women's national volleyball team. "I feel the heavy weight of responsibility," Nakada, who has been appointed to replace 2012 London Olympic bronze medal-winning coach Masayoshi Manabe, told ...

/ 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 Kimura ...

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 the ...

/ Jun 11, 2016

Japan spikers fall to Brazil at World Grand Prix

The Japan's women volleyball team suffered its first loss in the preliminary round at the FIVB World Grand Prix after being whipped in straight sets by host and reigning Olympic champion Brazil on Friday. Thaisa Menezes scored a match-high 19 points as the Brazilians won ...

/ Jun 8, 2016

Japan to play South Korea in volleyball opener

The Japanese women's volleyball team will launch its Rio Olympics campaign against South Korea in a rematch of the 2012 bronze-medal game, FIVB announced on Tuesday. After facing South Korea on Aug. 6, Japan plays Cameroon two days later before taking on two-time defending champion ...