Yūko Sano

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Yuko Sano
Yuko Sano, 2007-11-06.jpg
Personal information
Full name Yoko Sano
Nickname Ryo
Born (1979-07-26) July 26, 1979 (age 37)
Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan
Height 159 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 53 kg (117 lb)[1]
Spike 270 cm (106 in)
Block 260 cm (102 in)
Volleyball information
Position Libero
Current club officially retired
National team
Yūko Sano
Medal record
Women's Volleyball
Representing Japan
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Japan Team
World Grand Prix
Silver medal – second place 2014 Tokyo Team
Asian Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Suphanburi
Silver medal – second place 2011 Taipei
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hanoi

Yuko Sano (佐野 優子, Sano Yuko, born July 26, 1979 in Takatsuki, Osaka) is a volleyball player from Japan who currently plays for Galatasaray Daikin in Turkey. She was part of the Japanese team that won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[2]

She played as a libero for the Women's National Team at the 2008 Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan. There the team ended up in third place, and qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Afterwards Sano was named Best Digger and Best Receiver at the event.


Sano played at the 2013 Club World Championship with Voléro Zürich and she was selected Best Libero.[3] Her team lost the bronze medal to Guangdong Evergrande.[4]





National team[edit]

Senior Team[edit]


  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "London 2012 - Women's Volleyball". www.olympic.org. IOC. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vakifbank Istanbul fly to first Women’s Club World Champs title, China claim bronze". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Guangdong beat Zurich 3-1 to claim Women’s Club World Champs bronze". Zurich, Switzerland: FIVB. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  5. ^ FIVB. "Best Digger". Retrieved 2011-11-18. 

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Preceded by
China Zhang Xian
Brazil Fabiana de Oliveira
Best Libero of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Germany Kerstin Tzscherlich
Russia Anna Malova
Preceded by
Brazil Thaísa Menezes
Most Valuable Player of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
United States Karsta Lowe