Head for the world stage! NTT Athletes
- Beach Volleyball
- Date of Birth:
- November 30, 1985
- Koto City, Tokyo
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I took up indoor volleyball at the invitation of a friend when I was in grade 3 of elementary school. After attending Bunkyo Gakuin University Girls Junior & Senior High School and Aoyama Gakuin University, I joined the NEC Red Rockets, contributing significantly to the team winning two consecutive titles in the Volleyball Summer League. In 2015, I switched to beach volleyball, winning several championships both in Japan and overseas. I joined NTT in April 2018.
Goals for this season
We will create a world-class team with the aim of gaining a ranking of 15th or higher on the World Tour.
- World Ranking: 40th (second-highest-ranking Japanese player as of December 3, 2018)
- 2019 JBV Shinagawa Open: Winners
- 2019 Selected as athletes designated under the High Performance Program of the JVA/members of Japan’ national beach volleyball team
- 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Ranking: 38th (as of April 8, 2019)
- 2018 Athlete designated under the High Performance Program of the JOC
(for the first half and second half of the year)
- 2018 Asian Games Japanese Team Qualifying Competition: Runner-up
Asian Games: Participated as a member of the Japanese team and placed 5th Place
- 2017 31st Beach Volleyball Japan: Winner
- 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2017 Agadir: Runner-up
- 2017 Italian National Tour: Winner
- 2017 Beach Volleyball Marathon in Italy: Winner
Akiko HASEGAWA and Azusa FUTAMI won the JBV Shinagawa Open!
At the beach volleyball “JBV Shinagawa Open” held on May 4 and 5, 2019, the pair of Akiko HASEGAWA (NTT COMWARE) and Azusa FUTAMI (Toray Engineering) were victorious.
This event was held in a specially made court, with white sand spread over Ekimae-Chuo-dori Street in front of Oimachi Station in Shinagawa City, which is home to Olympic beach volleyball venue Shiokaze Park.
For the finals and the preliminary round (held in Omori, Ota City, on Day 1 of the event) combined, thanks in part to the wonderful weather during Golden Week, the event drew some 10,000 spectators (as officially announced by the JBV), and the final match was played in front of a huge crowd.
After HASEGAWA and FUTAMI took the first set 21-19, their opponents caught up for a score of 11-10 after a technical time-out in the second set before HASEGAWA and FUTAMI again went on the attack to ultimately win the set brilliantly with a score of 21-18.
Following the match, the pair also interacted with the many fans who had come to watch the event, which gave both players a huge boost of energy as they look towards the upcoming beach volleyball season.
Winning the very first beach volleyball competition in Japan since the era change from “Heisei” to “Reiwa” was an auspicious start for the pair.
Please continue your support for the Aki-azu pair (HASEGAWA and FUTAMI) in the future!
NTT COMWARE Twitter(*Japanese Version Only)
Akiko HASEGAWA Instagram(*Japanese Version Only)
NTT COMWARE Athlete page(*Japanese Version Only)
JVA Beach Volleryball Special Website Shinagawa Open Result page(*Japanese Version Only)
Akiko HASEGAWA and Azusa FUTAMI plan to compete in the “FIVB World Tour” and “Japan Beach Volleyball Tour”.
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour—Tokyo (4-Star)
- Shiokaze Park, Odaiba, Tokyo
- Official website：
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2019—Tokyo (4-Star)(*Japanese Version Only)
For other scheduled competitions and events, please check the NTT COMWARE Athlete’s Page.(*Japanese Version Only)