More Sports / Volleyball May 3, 2017

Volleyball association may hire interim coach

The Japan Volleyball Association is considering a temporary replacement for Yuichi Nakagaichi after the recently appointed men's national team coach stepped back from the role following his involvement in a serious traffic incident last year, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. Nakagaichi ran ...

More Sports / Volleyball Jan 30, 2017

Men's volleyball coach in hot water over accident

Police on Monday sent papers to prosecutors on the incoming coach of the Japanese men's national volleyball team for allegedly causing a road accident that seriously injured a man in Hiroshima Prefecture last November. Yuichi Nakagaichi, 49, is suspected of negligence in allegedly hitting a ...

More Sports / Volleyball Dec 19, 2016

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Maruyama dies

Sata Maruyama, who played on the gold-winning women's volleyball team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, died on Sunday, her family revealed Monday. She was 72. At 20 years of age, Maruyama, known more by her maiden name Isobe, was the youngest starter and an attacker ...

More Sports / Volleyball 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 ...

More Sports / Volleyball 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

More Sports / Volleyball 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 ...