/ 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 ...

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 -fifth ...

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 (25-14) ...

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 ...

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 4-1 ...