Japan Aims for Second Grand Prix Medal with Help from Five Olympians

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 06th, 2017 | Asian Volleyball, International Volleyball, News

World Grand Prix – Women

Japan, currently ranked sixth in the world, is looking to pick up its second medal after grabbing only one in its previous 24 appearances at the FIVB World Grand Prix.

The Japanese, which finished fifth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, are looking to improve on their ninth place finish at the 2016 Grand Prix. The best ever placing for the squad was a silver medal at the 2014 Grand Prix.

This year’s Grand Prix roster includes five Olympians: Arisa Sato, Yuki Ishii, Haruka Miyashita, Yurie Nabeya and Haruyo Shimamura.

Seven members of the 2016 Grand Prix team are back: Mami Uchiseto, Mai Okumura, Sarina Koga, Shimamura, Ishii, Sato, and Nabeya.

Ayaka Matsumoto and Koyomi Tominaga are the oldest members of the squad at 28, while Koga and Mizuki Tanaka are the youngest at 21.

Japan is coached by 1984 Olympic bronze medalist Kumi Nakada, who took over the head coaching role for her country in October.

The Japanese begin their Grand Prix quest against Thailand on Friday in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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