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2009 FIVB Women's Grand Champions Cup
Tokyo - Fukuoka, Japan
10 - 15 November 2009

 
 
 ITA / Italy - Team Composition

 
Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Head coach BARBOLINI Massimo
Assistant coach BRACCI Marco
Doctor FERRAZZA Fabrizio
Therapist / trainer NOCENTINI Luca
Journalist LISI Carlo
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  1 Giulia Pincerato Pincerato 16/03/1987 182 68 294 279 Rebecchi Lupa Piacenza
  2   Cristina Barcellini Barcellini 20/11/1986 183 78 307 292 Imoco Volley Conegliano
  3 Immacolata Sirressi Sirressi 19/05/1990 175 62 284 260 Duck Farm Chieri Torino
  4   Lucia Crisanti Crisanti 16/03/1986 186 70 312 292 Chateau D'Ax Urbino Volley
  5 Giulia Rondon Rondon 16/10/1987 189 74 304 280 ICOS Crema
  6   Enrica Merlo Merlo 28/12/1988 170 60 281 262 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  7 Martina Guiggi Guiggi 1/05/1984 183 69 315 290 Guangdong Evergrande
  8   Jenny Barazza Barazza 24/07/1981 188 77 300 285 Liu Jo Volley Modena
  9 Manuela Secolo Secolo 22/02/1977 180 70 302 279 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
  L 10   Paola Cardullo Cardullo 18/03/1982 159 56 275 268
  11 Serena Ortolani Ortolani 7/01/1987 187 63 308 288 Pomì Casalmaggiore
  12   Francesca Piccinini Piccinini 10/01/1979 184 71 304 279 Liu Jo Modena
  13 Valentina Arrighetti Arrighetti 26/01/1985 185 72 318 310 Lokomotiv Baku
  C 14   Eleonora Lo Bianco Lo Bianco 22/12/1979 171 67 287 273 Galatasaray Istanbul
  15 Antonella Del Core Del Core 5/11/1980 180 70 296 279 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
  16   Lucia Bosetti Bosetti 9/07/1989 175 65 306 286 Nordmeccanica Piacenza
  17 Simona Gioli Gioli 17/09/1977 185 70 307 283 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
  18   Taismary Aguero Aguero 5/03/1977 177 69 322 300 MG Carnaghi Villa Cortese
  19 Francesca Marcon Marcon 9/07/1983 180 65 301 282 Zoppas Indistries
  20   Monica Ravetta Ravetta 29/08/1985 185 66 305 285 Linkem Club Italia
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

Volleyball is the most practised women's sport in Italy and FIPAV (the Italian Volleyball Federation) can count on more than 100,000 registered athletes.

This popularity is paying off at international level.

In 2009 the Italians won the Mediterranean Games and the European Championship, a year after taking bronze at the World Grand Prix and 5th place at the Beijing Olympics.

In 2007 the Italian women’s team won two gold medal — at the FIVB World Cup and European Championship — and bronze at the FIVB World Grand Prix.

The previous year they claimed bronze at the World Grand Prix and in 2005 gathered two silver medals at the World Grand Prix and European Championship.

It has been a rapid improvement from the Italians, which was triggered by the project behind qualifying for their first Olympics in 2000.

In order to reach this goal, the Italian Volleyball Federation worked out a project called "Club Italia" with the aim of creating the right conditions for six “girls in blue”
to develop their technique to the highest level.

In relation to this, the FIPAV requested the organization of the 1999 women’s European Championships in Rome, where the Italians finished third.

Before that, the best performances at international level were third position at the 1989 European Championships in Germany and fifth place at the 1998 FIVB World Championship in Japan.

The Italian women had also ranked fourth in the 1991 and 1993 editions of the European Championships.

From 2000, the development in Italian women’s Volleyball has been impressive. In 2001 Italy claimed their first continental final medal by winning silver at the European Championships in Varna, Bulgaria.

Three years later, they scooped a silver medal again, this time in the World Grand Prix.

They were beginning to show consistent signs of the high-quality Volleyball that was to come.

 

 

Coach profile

Massimo Barbolini was born in Modena on August 29, 1964.

He began his coaching career with men’s teams, eventually working his way up to assistant to head coach Julio Velasco at Panini Modena.

He later became head coach of Agrigento and Modena.

Barbolini first coached a women’s team in 1993-1994, when he took the reins at Matera, where he remained for three seasons. In 1996-1997 he went to Rome before joining Perugia.

In June 2007 Barbolini became head coach of the Women’s National Team, which he helped win the 2007 World Cup and the 2007 and 2009 European Championships.

Club achievements:

  • 4 Italian Championships
  • 5 Italian Cups
  • 2 Cev Cups
  • 2 Champions Cups
  • 1 European Supercup

National Team achievements :

  • 2 European Championships (2007-2009)
  • 1 World Cup (2007)

 

   
 

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