Saori was pretty much the popular extrovert that was always surrounded by everyone.
Saori Kimura as an extrovert? Please, Saori is as quirky an introvert as you’ll meet. Yes, can she be extroverted, but years in front of the press will do that.
However, she has always had a way with words when speaking in front of large crowds. Even during their run in 2010, in the post match interviews, she would misspeak and kind of have the facial movements of nope, wrong word and correct quickly. a story with teammates that would say about Saori, is that she could never say Wi-Fi, but instead say wee-fee, when traveling overseas because she was oblivious to the English version of it.
Even watched a Turkish interview where they are at a Japanese restaurant and she’s doing all the grilling for everyone and not talking to the camera.
the reason why Saori was loved by her teammates is that even with her star power, from her play, she was herself. A quirky introverted person who just loved playing volleyball for herself and her teammates.