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 member of the Japan women's national volleyball team. She was a member of Japan's bronze-medal winning 2012 Olympic 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 school. She also has an older brother who also played volleyball.
When she entered college, she was offered a scholarship by the director of the Holy Spiritual Women's Junior College, in return for playing volleyball for the school. Ebata has said that this was a major turning point for 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 spikers in 2009-10. In 2010, she was registered as one of the representatives of Japan women's national volleyball team at the 2010 World Grand Prix 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 their second match of the qualifying round against Turkey on November 7, which is also her birthday. The team went on to win the bronze medal, her performance made a big contribution for the team.
In June 2011, at the 2011 Montreux Volley Masters, she contributed greatly to her first win with the team against Turkey, due to her great performance, she won the Best Spiker Award in the said tournament. Meanwhile, in the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup, she contributed to Japan's victory as an ace and at her young age, she leads Japan to a 4th-place finish.
In March 2012, she contributed to the victory of Hitachi Rivale in the V. Challenge League, eventually winning the MVP award. In 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 in advancing to the semi-finals and eventually winning the gold medal with the team for the first time in 28 years. That year, she was part of the Japanese team that won the bronze medal at the Olympics.
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 plays on the opposite side. She is known for her powerful spike, she is good at processing blocks out and distributing the ball properly. Her signature move is her backrow attack.
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.
- Seirei High School
- Hitachi Rivale (2008-2014)
- RC Cannes (2014)
- PFU BlueCats (2015–Present)
- National team (2010-2014)
- 2010 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship - Bronze Medal
- Volleyball at the 2012 Summer Olympics - Bronze Medal
- 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship - 7th place
- 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)