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|Full name||Yukiko Ebata|
November 7, 1989|
Akita, Akita, Japan
|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Spike||305 cm (120 in)|
|Block||298 cm (117 in)|
|Current club||PFU BlueCats|
Yukiko Ebata (江畑 幸子 Ebata Yukiko, born November 7, 1989) is a Japanese volleyball player who currently plays for the PFU BlueCats and was a former member of the Japan women's national volleyball team.
Yukiko is from Akita-shi, Akita prefecture. Her parents are volleyball players, she started playing volleyball when she is in her 3rd year in elementary. She also have a 2 years old older brother who also play volleyball making her grow in a volleyball family.
When she enter college, there was an offer from the director of the Holy Spiritual Women's Junior College for Yukiko, a scholarship as in return to be a volleyball player of the school. Ebata said that this advancement was a major turning point her. She was then attached to the Holy Spiritual Women 's Junior College, she was active in the Spring High Valley and Inter - high as captain.
In 2008, she was recruited by the Hitachi Rivale professional women's volleyball club team as one of their active wing spiker's in 2009-10. In 2010, she was registered as one of the representatives of Japan women's national volleyball team in the 2010 World Grand Prix (darts) making her the youngest player in the team. In addition, during the world championship in October–November of the same year, she scored 24 points for Japan in the round 2 of the qualifying round against Turkey on November 7, which is also her birthday, to win the bronze medal, her performance did a really big contribution for the team.
In June 2011, at the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters, she contributed greatly to her first win with her team against Turkey, due to her great performance, she won the Best Spiker Award by herself. Meanwhile, in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup, she contributes to Japan's victory as an ace and at her young age, she leads Japan on a 4th-place finish.
In March 2012, she contributed greatly to the victory of Hitachi Rivale in the V. Challenge League and eventually winning the MVP award for herself. Of the same year, she participated in the final round of the Olympic's Volleyball in China along with the members of Japan women's volleyball team. Particularly in the quarter-finals against China, she showed success in hitting her all-time highest of 33 points, making it a big contribution to Japan winning the medal for the first time in 28 years.
In February 2013, she was appointed as the brand ambasaddress of the local regional bank of Akita.
On July 24, 2014, Hitachi Rivale announced the transfer of Ebata to RC Cannes women's professional volleyball club team. The transfer date happened on September 1, 2014.
On June 1, 2015, PFU BlueCats of the V Challenge League announced the joining of Ebata on the club. She is currently playing on the team.
As a wing spiker, she mainly play's on the opposite side. She is known for her different flavor of a powerful spike, she is good at processing blocks out and distributing the ball properly. Her signature move is her backrow attack which many players focus mostly about her.
She said that before attacking a ball, you must first better to decide of such a place in the court of the opposing team where the scene of the reception collapsed for you to have a more successful attack.
Yukiko also said that she doesn't like participating in the practice of her team during the service reception and defense so she is often exempt.
- National team (2010-2014)
- 2011 Montreux Volley Masters - Best spiker 
- 2012 バレーボール2011/12Vプレミアリーグ - Most Valuable Player (MVP)
- 2010 2009-10 V.Challenge League - Champion, with Hitachi Rivale.
- 2011 2010-11 V.Challenge League - Runner-up, with Hitachi Rivale.
- 2015 2015-16 V.Challenge League l - Runner-up, with PFU Bluecats.
- 2016 2016-17 V.Challenge League l - Runner-up, with PFU Bluecats.
- 2010 World Championship - Bronze medal
- 2011 Montreux Volley Masters - Champion
- 2011 Asian Championship - Silver medal
- 2012 Olympics - Bronze medal
- 2013 Asian Championship - Silver medal
- 2013 Women's World Grand Champions Cup - Bronze medal
- 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix - Silver medal